Canon are famed for the quality of their optical equipment and rightly so. I bought these smart binoculars for my Mum over 15 years ago for her 70th birthday. An avid birdwatcher, 10 X 30 are ideal for this purpose and the image stabiliser function which basically eliminates the "shakes" greatly increased her enjoyment Now, sadly her eyesight is failing and I am the main user. So what qualities do these "bins"posses that both Mum and now myself appreciate?
A crisp image every time, even in failing light without any blurry bits round the edges.
The weight and size. Measuring approx 15,5cm by 14cm they weigh in at a lightweight 600g making it easy for feebly people like me to hold for a decent length of time so I can actually spot something.
Non slip rubberised matt finish make them easy to hold and adjust to the lenses to fit the size of your face by pushing the lens casing up or down with your thumbs.
Rubberised eye rings stop you banging your eyes in excitement when something flies straight at you and a neck strap to stop you dropping them!
Easy to adjust knurled focus finder lets you spot that bird easily and the right eye adjustment makes it even sharper.
A clear sharp picture every time especially when you use THE IMAGE STABILISER button. Press the button on the top of the "Bins "and the picture jumps and then steadies! I don´t know how it does it but it is powered by two AA batteries neatly housed in the body in an easy accessible compartment. It makes all the difference and adds so much to the whole bird watching experience.
They come in a smart, soft case which you can sling across your body and made me look like I knew what I was doing when visited a nature reserve last week.
Any disadvantages, well the case could be stronger but I expect you could get a hard case from Canon and there are only one set of loose lens caps for the eye pieces so they roll away easily when dropped.
Canon´s web site provide all the technical info at Canon.uk. and recomend them for air shows, and sports events but do bear in mind that they are not waterproof, who wants to be out in the rain any way?
Apart from that nothing except the price, deep breath , about 350 to 400pounds. But you only get one Mum don't you?
Available from specialist shops and Amazon.
Thanks for reading my short and sweet review.