OVERALL FEEL - 9
CLARITY - 9
DURABILITY - 8.5
FIELD OF VIEW - 7.5
DISTANCE - 10
BATTERY LIFE - 6.5
WEIGHT - 6
Help support Living Country in the City: BUY ON AMAZON
Here’s the long and short of it… These are probably the best pair of binoculars I’ve ever used. While that may seem like hyperbole, nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve tried just about every price level and type of binocular that you could imagine, trying to find the right balance. After picking up a pair of Canon Image Stabilized binoculars, I’m officially sold.
I was initially hesitant to pick these up because of the pretty steep price tag. But, these binoculars turned out to be an investment that’s well worth it. The main reason behind the higher price is Canon’s Image Stabilization technology. If you’ve never used image stabilized (IS) binoculars, your world is about to change. Especially with binoculars of this level of magnification, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without IS before. I don’t have the most steady hand when it comes to optics, so technology that allows me to press a button and see a clear stable picture at this distance is a life-saver.
In my opinion, you really can’t beat Canon when it comes to optics… The field of vision is flat with no noticeable distortion from edge to edge and both color and contrast are perfect. Between the image stabilization and the water-resistance, these are the perfect binoculars to take out on the water while going after ducks. While I would prefer them to be fully waterproofed for those “oops” moments, I have no issues with these in the heavy humidity or rain. I was also surprised at how much light the lenses pull in. This is of particular benefit in low-light situations, such as when the deer decide not to move out until the sun starts sinking.
While I initially bought these binoculars solely to take hunting, I’ve found them to be pretty versatile and use them for a lot otherwise, whether that’s checking out the moon or checking my target grouping at the range when I forget my spotting scope at home. It doesn’t matter whether I’m camping, hunting, fishing, hiking or just plain enjoying the night sky… These binoculars are always on my packing list.
I only have a few real gripes about these binoculars. The battery life isn’t great, but this is easy enough to remedy by keeping an extra set of AA batteries in my case. The weight also isn’t fantastic. I don’t do too much hiking in and out currently, but if I was trying to limit the amount of weight I was carrying, I might consider a lighter pair of optics.
Additionally, for this high price point, I would expect these binoculars to be slightly better outfitted from an accessory perspective. These came without lens caps to protect the objective lenses, which aren’t very deeply set in the frame, leaving the lenses rather unprotected. Though, this can be pretty easily remedied by purchasing a set of 58mm polarizing UV filters to screw into the threaded lens casing. These will protect the lenses and any snap-on covers will fit over the filters. A wider, better quality strap and a hard-sided protective case would’ve also been significant improvements.
As I mentioned before… Without exaggeration, these are easily the best binoculars I have ever used. They’re rugged and incredibly clear… and the image stabilization is an absolute game changer. When it comes down to it, even at the high price range, these are a must-have for any outdoorsman.
See More Canon Optics