Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binoculars

BH #CA18X50 • MFR #4624A002
Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binoculars
Key Features
  • Weatherproof Housing
  • Wide Angle
  • Porro Prism
  • 3.7° Angle of View
Canon 18x50 IS Binoculars deliver truly outstanding optical performance and a well-stabilized, high-magnification view. Whether at the water's edge enjoying a boat race or high in a stadium's uppermost deck, the 18x50 IS binoculars put you right in the middle of the action with extreme intimacy. The 18x50 IS are great for big game hunters, spectators of extremely distant sports such as surfing or extreme skiing, or anyone hunkering for incredible pulling power that can actually be enjoyed without the use of a tripod. The design is water resistant, with a tripod socket, as extended periods of observation are best enjoyed with some form of support.
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Canon Image Stabilized 18x50 Overview

Canon 18x50 IS Binoculars deliver truly outstanding optical performance and a well-stabilized, high-magnification view. Whether at the water's edge enjoying a boat race or high in a stadium's uppermost deck, the 18x50 IS binoculars put you right in the middle of the action with extreme intimacy. The 18x50 IS are great for big game hunters, spectators of extremely distant sports such as surfing or extreme skiing, or anyone hunkering for incredible pulling power that can actually be enjoyed without the use of a tripod. The design is water resistant, with a tripod socket, as extended periods of observation are best enjoyed with some form of support.

The 18x50 IS were not designed to be habitually worn around the neck, but if you prefer to carry your binoculars in this manner, then consider a thick neoprene strap instead of the supplied flat woven strap. If you'll be using the binoculars in cold weather, it is highly recommended to use lithium batteries (optional) instead of alkaline.

The 18x50 IS are threaded to accept 58mm filters, which is convenient for using polarizers around water, but this also means that during extremely bright or humid conditions, you can use a pair of 58mm lens hoods to help shield the objective lenses from dew and stray light, thus improving contrast.

Image Stabilizer counteracts hand tremors for ±0.7° movement in all directions
Field-flattening lenses improve edge-to-edge sharpness
UD Ultralow-dispersion glass elements
Remarkable close focus distance of 19.7' for 18x power binoculars
Eye relief of 15mm is sufficient for most users
Accepts 58mm filters and lens hoods
Standard 1/4"-20 threaded tripod socket on bottom of housing
UPC: 082966302152

Canon Image Stabilized 18x50 Specs

Prism TypePorro
Performance
Magnification18x
Objective Lens Diameter50 mm
Angle of View3.7° (Actual)
Field of View194.3' @ 1000 yd / 64.5 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance19.7' / 6 m
Exit Pupil Diameter2.8 mm
Eye Relief15 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment58 to 76 mm / 2.3 to 3"
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +3
Focus TypeCenter
Features
Water ResistanceWater Resistant
General
Battery2 x AA
Dimensions7.6 x 6 x 3.2" / 19.3 x 15.2 x 8.1 cm
Weight2.6 lb / 1179.33 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.1 x 8.4 x 5.05"

Canon Image Stabilized 18x50 Reviews

best binoculars, over 30 years

By stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-14

i purchased these binoculars when i was in school in 1991!!!! Over 30 years ago! Best binoculars. Also, is crazy that they look identical to this picture, they changed nothing at all.

Very poor compared to 10x42 L IS WP

By Michael
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-29

I have Canon's 10x42 L IS WP binoculars which I love. Brilliant in every way. Was looking for a little extra reach and thought these might be the ticket. Very disappointed. The focus is poor, colors are muted, view is dark, and the IS unstable. The stabilizer also seems to stay on very long even after you lower the glasses, so I would expect short battery life. Nothing good to say about this product. I returned it.

Good and bad

By Mark
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-07

Nice magnification and IS, but way to much chromatic aberration. Almost everything I look at seems lined with color. For almost $1500 that should not be happening.

Big, powerful binoculars

By Nathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-24

What a wonderful Father's Day gift!! These are a bit on the heavy side, but they are also a nice, strong magnification (x18), a wide field of view, excellent image stabilization, and provide crisp, clear images of celestial objects. A great gift!!

Amazing

By Lynn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-18

My very first IS binos. Absolutely incredible. These units are high power so would be worthless without IS or a tripod and a tripod would be a detriment to functionality. I was so impresses that I bought the 12x36 version for my bird watcher wife. She's even more impressed than I am. There are many negative comments about the rubber coating turning to goo after a period. I hope this does not occur obviously but that would be the ONLY thing I could complain about. I have top end Nikon, Boush & Lomb, and Swarovski binos. These out perform them all.

great binoculars, worth the price

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-13

This is my third Canon IS binocular and far the best. The magnification is unbelievable and stability is very good. I appreciate the ability to use long lasting lithium ion batteries ( 8 hours of use ) and a toggle on/off switch. The extra weight is more than offset by the utility of the binoculars. I will always take these with me when I travel and enrich my trip. Home Run-Canon!

5 Star**** Binoculasr, 4 Star**** opinion of them

By Ryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

I give the binoculars 5 Stars: the image stabilization is phenomenal as is the image quality. What I don't care for is that I bought pair of Nikon Monarchs that just feel like they are better quality. The Nikons came with 4 lens covers (pair for the ocular and optical lens) that stay attached when removed, the EXPENSIVE Canon came with only 1 pair for the ocular lens that only fully remove, so they could be lost. I also worry about the rubbery grips on the Canon that have been blasted for longevity. Only time will tell how long mine last. Not sure if it's in my head, but I can see how that material can diminish. Did I mention the IS is fantastic?! It is. THE binoculars are great, but there are many things that my lesser expensive NIKON's did much better.

Excellent optics, mediocre stabilization

By Aaron
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-02

These have been around for a long time, and I'm guessing Canon have improved the optics over the years (like using better coating, etc.). It's something technology oriented companies do, especially in Japan (called Continuous Quality Improvement - CQI). They are very sharp, edge to edge (flat image), no purple fringing (except maybe slightly at the edges), no ghosting, good colour reproduction, decent contrast, minimal distortion etc. It's really difficult to complain about the optical performance. Yes, they are not as bright as Swarovski, and offer narrower field of view, but it's not a fair comparison. Unfortunately the IS wasn't updated over time, since I assume it will require a complete redesign of the binoculars; so the result is not impressive; they only compensate for small shakes; modern IS binoculars can do 2-3 degrees but these only around 0.7 degrees. It's still effective, and helps a lot, especially with the 16X magnification, but I do wish they had more effective IS. Build quality is superb! Focusing knob is large, very smooth and accurate. The infamous rubber eyecups are not as bad as people say. Lastly, they are not fully waterproof, they can still be used in the rain, but they are not at the level of other modern binoculars, which are not only IPX7 sealed but also have Nitrogen gas inside that prevents fogging. So overall, they are a mix of fantastic optics, superb build quality, proven reliable design, but lack modern features like better stabilization, being complete waterproof, and fog proof. It's only a matter of intended use whether to get these or other IS binoculars; the superb 18X/50mm optics is a huge plus for sure, but using these on a mobile platform, or a boat or at extreme weather conditions can be more challenging.

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