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Canon 15x5. Does it sound the same when you turn the stabilizer on and off?

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#1 zuumo

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Posted 15 April 2024 - 03:16 PM

I have two Canon 15x50 units that I am testing, with the idea of keeping one of them.

 

The only difference I have noticed so far is that in first one, when you turn on the stabilizer it sounds exactly the same as when you turn it off. On the second unither unit, when you turn it on it sounds very quiet, and when you turn it off it sounds louder (exactly same sound as the other two).

 

Which one would you keep? I don't know if it is a symptom of some difference at a mechanical level that could develop a failure in the long run.



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Posted 15 April 2024 - 03:46 PM

I honestly don’t think it makes a difference.

On my binocular the sound can change from quiet to a very auditable click. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I think it mostly has to do with the position of the prisms when you turn it off.
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Posted 15 April 2024 - 05:49 PM

Mine make the same click going on or off...


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 04:54 AM

I honestly don’t think it makes a difference.

On my binocular the sound can change from quiet to a very auditable click. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I think it mostly has to do with the position of the prisms when you turn it off.

Thanks for your answer. I've been testing in various positions and the noise difference in this case remains the same regardless of where I point them.



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Posted 16 April 2024 - 04:56 AM

Mine make the same click going on or off...

Thanks for answering.

I think that, if it does not affect the operation, I prefer that the two clicks sound the same. The reason is that on the unit where the first sound is quieter, I can hardly hear if I have activated it or not, and I have to make sure by looking at the LED indicator light.


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 10:17 AM

FWIW, my 10x42L is silent turning on but clicks only when turning off.  shrug.gif


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Posted 16 April 2024 - 01:49 PM

My 10x42L clicks both on and off, with the off possibly a smidgen louder.  My 12x36 is silent both on &  off.

 

I don't have my other CIS bins with me at present to check.



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Posted 19 April 2024 - 02:43 AM

My 15x50IS click subtly turning on but noticeably louder turning off, say 3 to 1 loudness difference off vs on.

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Posted 19 April 2024 - 05:31 PM

FWIW, my 10x42L is silent turning on but clicks only when turning off.  shrug.gif

 

 

My 10x42L clicks both on and off, with the off possibly a smidgen louder.  My 12x36 is silent both on &  off.

 

I don't have my other CIS bins with me at present to check.

 

 

My 15x50IS click subtly turning on but noticeably louder turning off, say 3 to 1 loudness difference off vs on.

 

Thanks for contributing with your answers!!

 

At the moment, based on the responses, I think those who sound less at first are tied with those who sound the same. It is curious that there are such noticeable differences in units of the same model.

 

In the end I kept the binoculars that sounded the same when turning on and when paying, and I returned the others.



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Posted 19 April 2024 - 06:35 PM

Regardless of what the "clicks", or lack thereof, means, I'm happy with both my Canon IS binos.  I only regret not getting them years sooner.

 

I hope you have a very positive experience, too.  Getting the 10x42Ls first, I knew I was going to end up with the 15x50s as well.  Perhaps you'll have the opposite experience.  The 10x42L's optics are amazing considering they have the IS "bellows prism" mechanism added to the light path.  The IS feature more than makes up for any deficiencies it may add.

 

Enjoy.


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Posted 19 April 2024 - 08:39 PM

Regardless of what the "clicks", or lack thereof, means, I'm happy with both my Canon IS binos.  I only regret not getting them years sooner.

 

I hope you have a very positive experience, too.  Getting the 10x42Ls first, I knew I was going to end up with the 15x50s as well.  Perhaps you'll have the opposite experience.  The 10x42L's optics are amazing considering they have the IS "bellows prism" mechanism added to the light path.  The IS feature more than makes up for any deficiencies it may add.

 

Enjoy.

Thanks for your kind words.

 

Yes, I am having a very good experience. I hope I have not conveyed the opposite with my words. I simply ordered a second unit from Amazon to make sure and compare, since I thought that for the price they cost, it was strange that with the first unit I didn't see pinpoint stars. But now I know that I hadn't taken into account the astigmatism of my eyes in combination with the (relatively large) exit pupil and bright stars.

 

As I said, I am very happy with them. It has opened up a new way of seeing the sky for me. More casual, more free, without so much equipment (chairs, mounts, eyepieces, batteries...). Now I see myself driving the car and carrying only the binoculars with me. You know, there are days when you are tired or you don't feel like loading everything in the car, or you don't know if the clouds will come out soon. Before, those days I took the binoculars. Now binoculars are not a "second choice". They have become my most used instruments. With these binoculars you just press the button and you get a feeling of peace and connection that you haven't had before. Also true that I have never had binoculars with this quality, AFOV width, punctuality...

 

I've been stargazing for a month now, looking for double stars, star-hopping, or simply marveling at the multiple clusters and structures they form.

 

Two nights ago, I was late at home and I thought "I'm going to go out for half an hour to take a quick look at the sky." Well, in the end I spent three hours in the middle of the mountain, listening to a nearby stream, with the silhouette of the mountains marked against the somewhat illuminated background of the sky. That's when I knew they were here to stay. And picking things up was a matter of seconds.


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Posted 19 April 2024 - 09:34 PM

Two nights ago, I was late at home and I thought "I'm going to go out for half an hour to take a quick look at the sky." Well, in the end I spent three hours in the middle of the mountain, listening to a nearby stream, with the silhouette of the mountains marked against the somewhat illuminated background of the sky. That's when I knew they were here to stay. And picking things up was a matter of seconds.

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