Quote:Good for you, Rick! I recently bought a pair of 12x36 IS IIs and am similarly pleased; the steady views with IS on are bested only by binos on my Unimount.[SNIP]Phil
Quote:I have no problem with the eye relief on these binoculars, and except for weight, they're the best binoculars I've ever used. (Could my being nearsighed help with the eye relief?)
Quote:Thanks for the report, Alan. I've had no chance to really test my 12x36s under anything like dark skies yet .. and lately we've had clouds; standard this time of year where I live near the ocean. [SNIP]Phil
Quote:[SNIP]Interestingly, the exit pupil of most Canon IS binos is relatively small, on the order of 3 mm. Largest is 4.2 mm of the new 10x42Ls.
Milton Wilcox R.I.P
Quote: Now if Canon came up with a 15-18x50L pair I could really be attracted; the 10x of the 10x42L seemed like too little magnification.
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Quote:Quote:I have no problem with the eye relief on these binoculars, and except for weight, they're the best binoculars I've ever used. (Could my being nearsighed help with the eye relief?) We have a mystery then. In my sample, with the eyecups in their normal position and my eyes held lightly up against them, the view is like looking through a straw with a fuzzy undefined circular edge. Fold the eyecups down and the view opens up to picture window size with a razor sharp clearly defined circular edge.Update: Mystery solved. Eyerelief related to IPD. Like with the Fuji's, the large rubber eyecups pinch my nose enough at my prefered IPD to interfere with the view. Opening the IPD ever so slightly to accomodate my nose better lets me see the full field but the merged images is not as comfortable.
Quote: The one thing I prefer in the 12x36's is the lighter weight and size.
Quote:Alan ,I think that is a very accurate summary of the reasons for the small exit pupils of most Image Stabilised binoculars .Regards , Kenny
Quote:On the 15x50, the objective lens surface is too close to the end of the body housing for my likening. 10-20mm more on the extension of the protective cell I would gladly have appreciated.
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