"Woah'", from a new member... Hello all. I just read the whole thread through - which I see not all replyers have done . And a wonderful thread this is!
I would say the problem with meltings/deteriorations is a combination of 1) the (difficult) top layer design and 2) the (possible) subcontractors' inability to produce quality material the design insists. Probably namely the quality of "rubber" mixture batches varies. Of course a Canon flaw to the end, which seems to produce different results. Sometimes great if you're lucky, sometimes the miserable opposite. Sometimes acceptable, deteriorating only after heavy usage. But all in all, the customer have no idea beforehand, what to expect. And an average person expects top class, the instrument being a high priced Canon.
Canon really should address the problem and do some re-designing to the top layer of the casing. Or maybe they are trying everything to fix the mixture... At least they must have been aware of the problem a long time ago. And, they should respect people with faulty devices, without blaming them of misuse. Shame on you, Canon.
I found here, because I wanted to read everything about the Canon 10x30 IS II. And even after having read nearly everything possible, this thread included, I just placed my order for that model. Other specifications are more important to me, so I'm taking the risk of rubbish "rubber" layer. And there's really no other option to me with same specs and price. From other owned devices - e.g. phones - I know the casing can get damaged. Albeit not acceptable if it does so without reason, it is not always so disastrous - because it doesn't mean anything to the Canon's optics.
And there could be a fix that I like. I did not see anyone rubbing off the top layer, and after that glueing on some real leather instead. Thin leather is not very difficult to lay even on slightly curved surfaces. Hmm, I haven't even handled the device yet, so too early to say if that would be easy. But after seeing the wonders that Suddarth has done, why not... I've done that to an old phone, looks good. Also laid a plastic case with leather for a friend. After all there's nothing to lose if my Canon's rubber starts to peel off after the warranty period. Right now I'm of course feeling lucky, while expecting to get my Canon next week - and first time ever getting to peek into a IS binocular. Huh'.
Edited by Pikku-iikka, 25 July 2020 - 08:45 AM.