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Old 05-31-2019, 12:49 AM   #1
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Cheapest Stabilized Binoculars

This came up in the "binoculars with compass" thread, many felt stabilization of the binoculars were far more important than a compass in the binocs. So I'm looking for the cheapest "reasonable" stabilized binoculars roughly around 7 by 50. [Where are the Chinese when you need them]
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:38 AM   #2
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If you’re going for stabilized why not got for a little more magnification? Say a 10 or 12X. I think Canon are a good value. Not as much stabilization as Fuginon but if you don’t go too strong on magnification they’ll be fine.
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We've been able to go to higher magnification (than 7x) with a stabilized binoc.

There are several threads here about the relative merit of Canon vs. Fuji and a few others; one take-away is that the degree if stabilization on Cannon units is usually less (1°?) than on most Fuji units (5°).... but you'd do well to plow through those threads.

Wifey's Fuji is a relatively new product, 12x28 compact, 3° stabilization, chosen mostly for size and weight... and they were less expensive. She's told me a couple times how much she likes them compared to her previous 7x30/compass model, mostly because of the stabilization, and somewhat because of the increased magnification.

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I've got a pair if the Fujinon Techno-Stabi 14x40 and I've found them less than useful on the San Francisco Bay because the boat is usually rocking more that the binoculars can stabilize. If it is calm, or I am in a protected area they are great. I ended up keeping them at home because they were so seldom useful on the boat.

I really like them as a quality product and I am amazed at how much they let me see, but they didn't work for me on the boat.
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When I shopped a year and a half ago, I ended looking seriously at:


Fujinon: 12x32 Techno-Stabi JR IS, B&H $500



Canon: Canon IS Image Stabilized Binocular - 8x25 Defender $350



I looked at them side by side and bought the Fujinon. Then B&H had a super sale at $350 each (absolute steal.... should have bought two). They actually refunded me $150! Great company, have never had any issues with them and always good prices and service.


The co Captain and I are super pleased with the Fujinon!
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This came up in the "binoculars with compass" thread, many felt stabilization of the binoculars were far more important than a compass in the binocs. So I'm looking for the cheapest "reasonable" stabilized binoculars roughly around 7 by 50. [Where are the Chinese when you need them]

There was a thread a year or two back on stabilized binoculars. It was very informative.

I think stabilization is MUCH more important than a compass (I have both). However, many disagree with me on that.

In general there are two types of IS systems. One corrects for hand shake and the other corrects for motion. The first is much less expensive than the second. I can’t recall what they are called but I think that the handshake IS (as is used by Canon) corrects for about 1 degree of motion. The other can correct for about 5 degrees of motion (such as Fujinon).

I had a Canon IS system that was passed on to my from my father. It was great. It finally died after 15-20 years of service. When I replaced it I chose the more expensive Fujinon (based on input from the TF folks here). It has worked really well and I would highly recommend it. I chose a 14 x 40 and it has been great. Heavier and larger than the Canon so that could be an issue for smaller people, but it has been fantastic and well worth the very hefty $1,300 price tag back in 2017.
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So I'm looking for the cheapest "reasonable" stabilized binoculars roughly around 7 by 50. [Where are the Chinese when you need them]
Many years ago (15?) I bought a pair of Canon stabilized binocs for $400. I suffer from tremors (not Parkinson's) & a normal pair of unstabilized binos just don't work! Yesterday, I used my IS binos while watching deer & turkeys in the Cuyamaca Mountains and was reminded as to just how well they work. If you're in the market for binos, stretch your budget and go IS. You will never regret it.

https://www.google.com/search?q=cano...w=1680&bih=901
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FWIW, my Canon 18x50 binos have 3.7* of stabilization....... I bought them in a pawnshop about 8 years ago for around 30 cents on the dollar. Pawnshops are great places to buy good quality used tools and other items.
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I have Canon photography equipment, so I am used to Canon's quality. In fact I bought the first Canon image stabilized lens in 2004, the 75 - 300 IS lens. This lens could only stabilize to 1 - 1.5 stops which is nothing compared to what is out there now.

In Canada, you can pretty much add 30 % to any price you see for a product in the states. I have found these Nikons at $800 Canadian that seem reasonable:

https://www.amazon.ca/Nikon-PROSTAFF...y&sr=8-2-fkmr1

I like the 7 by 50's for low light capabilities which in some circumstances I think is more important than stabilization. So the fact this Nikon model is "42" has my attention.
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