Canon 15x50 IS All-Weather Image Stabilized Binocular

Canon 15x50 IS All-Weather Image Stabilized Binocular

Canon 15x50 IS All-Weather Image Stabilized Binocular

B&H # CA15X50 MFR # 4625A002
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Product Highlights

  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Lead-Free Glass
  • Porro Prism Optical Path
  • Fully Super Spectra Coatings
  • Wide 67.5° Apparent Viewing Angle
  • Weatherproof Slip-Resistant Armor
  • Large Center Focusing Knob
  • Standard 1/4"-20 Tripod Mount
  • Fold-Down Rubber Eyecups
  • Runs on Two Included AA Batteries
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Canon IS overview

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Outfitted with their proprietary Vari-Angle prism electronic image stabilization system, the Canon 15x50 IS All-Weather Image Stabilized Binocular is an ideal optic for bird and nature watching, marine use, or astronomical use. Its quick-response time and ±0.7° correction angle easily compensates for the common hand-shake that can make viewing through binoculars of this magnification difficult or disorientating. A single-activation button located precisely where the right forefinger naturally rests makes using them easy and allows you to concentrate on viewing without distractions.

For increased usage, the 15x50 IS will work as full-featured binocular when the image stabilization is not being used - even if the batteries are dead or removed. Optically, it is built with ultra-low dispersion (UD) glass elements and matching doublet field-flatteners, with their Super Spectra anti-reflection coatings to produce bright and clear high-contrast images without distortion across the entire wide field of view. Protecting the optics and electronics is an armored chassis that benefits from ergonomically-designed grips, and a standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount socket for an even steadier view. Right-eye dioptric correction, twist-up eyecups, and a wide interpupillary adjustment range rounds out the features of this binocular that will become your go-to optic for any outdoor activity.

Optical Performance
  • Works as a conventional binoculars even with batteries uninstalled
  • 15x magnification
  • 50mm objective lenses
  • Porro prism optical path
  • Ultra-low dispersion (UD) glass elements virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberration for high-contrast distortion-free images with true color rendition
  • Objective lens Construction: 4-elements/3-groups
  • Eyepiece lens construction: 7-elements/5-groups
  • Fully multi-coated optics using Canon's proprietary Super Spectra Coating
  • Doublet field-flatteners produce sharp, edge-to-edge distortion-free images
  • Wide 67° apparent viewing angle
  • 236' field of view at 1000 yards
  • Long 15mm eye relief
  • 3.3mm exit pupil
Image Stabilization
  • Proprietary Vari-Angle prism electronic image stabilization
  • ±8.5° correction angle
  • Single activation button in natural position for right-forefinger use
  • 2.5 h continuous runtime at 77°F (25°C)
  • Runs on two included AA batteries
Use and Handling
  • Large center focusing knob
  • ±3 right-eye dioptric correction
  • 58-76mm interpupillary distance adjustment range
  • Fold-down rubber eyecups use with or without eyewear
  • 1/4"-20 tripod mounting socket
Construction Details
  • Water-resistant against rain
  • Slip-resistant protective rubber armor
  • Environmentally-friendly lead-free optical glass
  • Tethered ocular and objective lens caps
  • Weight: 39.2 ounces, without batteries
UPC: 082966302145

Canon IS specs

Prism Type Porro
Magnification 15x
Objective Lens Diameter 50 mm
Angle of View 4.5° (actual)
Field of View 236.2' @ 1000 yd / 78.7 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7' / 6 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 3.3 mm
Eye Relief 15.0 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 58.0 - 76.0 mm / 2.3 - 3.0"
Dioptric Correction ±3
Stabilization Freedom ±.7°
Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
Scan Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes
Dimensions 7.6 x 6.0 x 3.2" / 19.3 x 15.2 x 8.1 cm
Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg without batteries
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.96 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 8.3 x 4.6"

Canon IS reviews

15x50 IS All-Weather Image Stabilized Binocular is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Investment Best investment in optics I ever made. Sure, they are a bit bulky,but the clarity with the stabilizer make them my primary binoc.My 15x50mm pair is a constant companion in my vehicle. Never had binoculars that allowed me to "Look" into the woods.I have been using them for 10 years+ with no problems. They cost a chunk of change but the best investment for the money I have ever made. You can read a vehicle license plate from a quarter mile with these babies and no tripod necessary.Make a pair in 50x100mm and I'll think about being your first customer. Image stab should be standard on any binocs over 10x.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I own 9 pairs of Binoculars among them Minolta,Tasco,Olympus that are very nice in there different sizes and I use them for various things,birdwatching/sports/hunting I bought the 15x50s for myself after purchasing the 10x30s for my brother-in-law and seeing how great they worked. The 15x50s are even better than I expected images are crisp and clear even before stabilizing them. I use them for birdwatching right now but will be using them for hunting next fall. You will not go wrong with this purchase if you want a great pair of Binoculars. As an after thought I purchased a pair of Canon uv haze filters for them and clip on lens covers they both work great also.
Date published: 2009-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from detail detail detail I use the binoculars for astronomy. While the 50mm apeture seemed small for his use, (I own 100mm binoculars), the 50mm WITH the IS function make up some of the difference. It allows you to study an object without having to drag out a tripod and is great for travel. I have found the binoculars to be a bit heavy. If you are not fit, you may run into trouble holding these. PS: all the discussion about should I get the 10x42 L or the 18x50's=get the 15x50's. It's a nice balance of power and quality
Date published: 2010-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for astronomy I have already used the 15X50 IS binocs several times. I replaced an older pair of Fujinon 14X40 with this Canon pair. The Fujinons do a slightly better job of image stabilization and are great for terrestrial subjects but don't have quite enough light gathering for astronomical use. The Canon 15X50 are very nice with only slight chromatic aberration on very bright objects. Excellent for my purposes. Light weight and steady enough to hand hold and gather over 50% more light than the 14X40s. A quality product.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like um (with a couple of exceptions).... Good points....crisp bright optics; good color rendition and correction. Typical Canon fit and finish; first rate. IS works fine considering high magnification; handheld still require steady hands for larger movements that binos can't compensate for. Not so good is the lack of objective dust caps and no objective dew shields which I added. Why I had to buy objective dust caps for $1000 binoculars is a mystery. The second negative thing is the eyecups are very rigid and the eye relief with them extended requires one to press them up against eyes to see the whole fov; uncomfortable. Image shows added objective extensions and dustcaps which make these much more usable in the real world.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great optics, poor ergonomics While the view is exquisite, these are very uncomfortable to use. It's probably because my eyes are closely spaced. The structure around the eye pieces is very large. If you roll the eye cups back, they're OK wearing glasses, but not great, and the field of view is limited. With the eye cups rolled out, you can't see the entire field of view. So, the only way I can see the entire field of view is to roll the eye cups back, and use them without my glasses on. That's very uncomfortable, as my nose is jammed between the eye pieces.For a company that usually gets ergonomics so right, these are a true oddity.
Date published: 2012-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable Binoculars I have six other pairs of binoculars all very high quality and purchased for particular uses. 7X50, 8X42, 10X50, 11X80, 30X80, 25X100 for birding, marine, sports, and astronomy. Also have two telescopes, but more and more I find myself reaching for these Canon IS 15X50 for everything (other than the telescopes). I'm 70 now and my hands are not as steady as they once were, but the IS Canons really fill the bill.
Date published: 2011-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great IS binoculars Did some online research before identifying the 15x50 as the best fit for my use. Tried them in the store for comfort and handling, found them to be heavy (as expected), but well balanced and easy to adjust. I typically use them with sunglasses on, so I leave the eyecups rolled down. My only complaint is that Canon does not include lens covers. I purchased screw-on 58mm UV lenses and snap-on lens caps, which I feel are necessary for a quality instrument like this. Very happy with purchase, would buy them again.
Date published: 2011-10-28
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