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Old 12-07-2018, 06:09 PM   #1
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Image stabilized binocular recommendations

My long suffering bride wants to buy us IS binoculars. The Canon 18x50 look great, but does anyone have experience with these or can recommend another?
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I have 14 power Nikons. Not sure if they are still sold or not, but we love them. Have a 7X50 pair of non stabilized that never get used since we both fight over the Nikon.
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I have 14 power Nikons. Not sure if they are still sold or not, but we love them. Have a 7X50 pair of non stabilized that never get used since we both fight over the Nikon.
14x?
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I recently purchased the Fujinon 12x32 TechnoStabi IS and have been very happy with them. Waterproof (most arenít) and the Fuijinon IS technology seems better for boats than the Cannon approach. They apparently adjust better for a moving platform vs a moving target. Cannon are considered better for bird watching etc.
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Interesting. Are they very heavy?
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Not really. They have a battery pack on the strap which can be a little awkward but you get used to it. Iíd strongly recommend that you try any binoculars before buying online etc (especially if you wear glasses). Thereís a metric that determines how adjustable for glasses they are but forget the name of it.
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Not really. They have a battery pack on the strap which can be a little awkward but you get used to it. Iíd strongly recommend that you try any binoculars before buying online etc (especially if you wear glasses). Thereís a metric that determines how adjustable for glasses they are but forget the name of it.
That is great advice.
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14x?
Not sure what they are, they are on the boat in the barn for the winter.
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Merci.
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Some details here:

https://www.opticsreviewer.com/fujin...hno-stabi.html

I did also look at the 14 x 40 but they were a little too expensive for me at at the time.
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Either the Canon or Fuginon are good binoculars. The Fuginon is larger and heavier than the Canon but it stablizes to 5 degrees and the Canon to about half that. I used to sell Canon. Wish I had bought a pair for myself.
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Once you go stabilized, you'll never go back. You get magnification AND a stable image. We have two pairs of Fujinon, his and hers. They work very well, but always set them on their side, and somewhere where they won't fall. When they are dropped, they break. Don't ask how I know. Ask my wife. And if you drop them a second time, they will break again. She, again, can answer any questions. Now the dropping isn't Fujiu's fault, but their service is awful. Nobody answers the phone, and nobody returns calls. It was pure torture to get them repaired, then I got to do it again. Did I mention that my wife will answer questions? The third time I actually fixed them myself which is a miracle, since at least 50% of the time my attempted repairs end up with smoke and sometimes even flames. She can answer questions about that too, because for some strange reason she still married me after the first fire.
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I tried both of the following when they were on sale at B&H:

Fujinon 12x32 Techno-Stabi JR IS,
Canon IS Image Stabilized 8x25

Bought the Fujinon because the admiral likes them and have absolutely NO regrets. The price was right (on sale) and they are great. Should have bought two of them.

We've had no issues with them, but they are a tad battery hungry, but well worth it. Reviews indicate that service is fair, but so far, no problems. Had them for about a year and would buy them again.
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Either the Canon or Fujinon are good binoculars. The Fuginon is larger and heavier than the Canon but it stablizes to 5 degrees and the Canon to about half that. I used to sell Canon. Wish I had bought a pair for myself.
Fujinon stabilize to 5 degrees and Canon less than one fifth that. About 0.8 deg. That is why Fujinon are generally conceded to be better for use on a boat.
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We have and really like the Canon. The Fujinon may have some stabilization advantages as mentioned above, but the Canon is amazing, but not waterproof.
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We have the Canon and so far, 9 years, so good. They have been dropped, used and probably abused without failing. We got them in a pawn shop near a commercial harbor (San Pedro) and I guess they were a couple of years old then.

I’ve been considering the Fujinon’s, but did not know they had an external battery. That could be a dealbreaker unless the performance was exceptional......
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We have the Canon and so far, 9 years, so good. They have been dropped, used and probably abused without failing. We got them in a pawn shop near a commercial harbor (San Pedro) and I guess they were a couple of years old then.

Iíve been considering the Fujinonís, but did not know they had an external battery. That could be a dealbreaker unless the performance was exceptional......
Fujinon s new model superceding the 12X32 s eliminates the Batterys on the strap and are lighter cost $600 thru Amazon
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Fujinon stabilize to 5 degrees and Canon less than one fifth that. About 0.8 deg. That is why Fujinon are generally conceded to be better for use on a boat.
DDW, could you explain that? I don't think I understand the difference. Does it mean that you can jiggle to 5 degrees with the Fujinon but only . 8 degrees for the Canon?
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DDW, could you explain that? I don't think I understand the difference. Does it mean that you can jiggle to 5 degrees with the Fujinon but only . 8 degrees for the Canon?
Fujinon make 2 levels of Stabilized Binocs- the $1000 one (which is very heavy) does 5degrees, the $600 one does 3 degrees.
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Once you go stabilized, you'll never go back. You get magnification AND a stable image. We have two pairs of Fujinon, his and hers. They work very well, but always set them on their side, and somewhere where they won't fall. When they are dropped, they break. Don't ask how I know. Ask my wife. And if you drop them a second time, they will break again. She, again, can answer any questions. Now the dropping isn't Fujiu's fault, but their service is awful. Nobody answers the phone, and nobody returns calls. It was pure torture to get them repaired, then I got to do it again. Did I mention that my wife will answer questions? The third time I actually fixed them myself which is a miracle, since at least 50% of the time my attempted repairs end up with smoke and sometimes even flames. She can answer questions about that too, because for some strange reason she still married me after the first fire.
So assuming one isn't married to Mrs. Butterfingers, are they robust enough for boat use?
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