Hi guys and gals,
just received my Canon 18x50IS and I thought I'd share a few pics (I downsized them, so I hope it won't slow down loading times too much ).
The bino comes in a rather minimalistic box:
Who needs a manual anyway?
The bag is also rather cheapo for such an expensive product, but I already bought an aluminium foam-lined case for it in advance anyway and with the lense hoods it won't fit in the bag anymore. The strange pattern comes from the camera in combination with reducing the pic size it seems. It doesn't look as psychedelic in real life .
But I didn't buy this thing for the bag or the box:
A bit of a bummer -- it's no longer made in Japan but in Taiwan:
Lense hoods attached -- 58mm will fit.
After unboxing it immediately fogged up because of the temperature difference. So the first look was like: "Whaaat?! They sent me a defective one!!"
But it cleared up fast enough.
Of course it's cloudy here for weeks already -- it even snowed today. So all I could do, was watch the nearby marina. And pressing the button -- oh yes, the magic does happen! It does make a small "click" then it's all silent. And even while standing the image was very steady. I guess that might change for astronomy but I intend to use a zero gravity chair anyway.
Some first thoughts:
-- the eyecups are not as horrible as I expected but that might be my anatomy -- they fit okay for me -- the real problem is that they are too long and you can't get the full FoV -- it seems that the two major companies making IS-binos, Zeiss and Canon, don't seem to see the necessity of upgrading the overall design of their binos -- probably because they lack competition
-- the brick-shape feels actually comfy and secure in my hands. I have large hands so that might help -- my hands wrap nicely around it and the fingers touch on the top and the thumbs on the bottom. Feels like it's made for my hands.
-- Can't say much about the weight yet and wether it will pose a problem -- I'll have to wait till pointing it up at the night sky for longer periods
-- it does however feel much more "solid" than I had anticipated. Not "plasticky" or cheap at all.
-- the eyecups might be a dust-magnet however
-- the strap is as cheap as the bag but that's fine with me, seems solid enough to securely hold it around my neck and it does have some padding
-- focus wheel is smooth and easy to turn
-- even with fast panning I couldn't produce much if any lag
-- the depth of focus is rather shallow but a small turn of the focusser "pops" the view into focus very nicely
-- it didn't need "settling time" for the IS to do the magic, the effect was instant, no going in and out of focus -- at least not for terrestrial view as far as I could tell so far
-- optical quality seems top notch but I can't wait to compare it to the DDoptics "Pirschler" 15x56 with Abbe-Koenig-prisms that I ordered and that should arrive tomorrow -- it was on sale so the decicion was easy and I still got slightly mixed feelings about electronics in binoculars -- however, I am 45 years old and if they last 20 years, that is good enough for me. I was just not ready to splunge out the really big bucks for the Zeiss 20x60S.
So that was just the first impressions after unboxing and using it for maybe 10 minutes. As soon as the skies clear up, I will update this thread with my impressions.
Thanks for reading and CLEAR SKIES!
Edited by Astronoob76, 30 November 2021 - 02:40 PM.