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Old Wednesday 14th January 2015, 12:40   #51
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Thanks for the clarification.

Do you know when the change from hard to soft eyecups was made.

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The 12x36 Mk1 had the hard eyecups.
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Old Wednesday 14th January 2015, 14:03   #52
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I dont know the time of changing, but the old version look completely different, like the one in the photo I attached (that one is 12x36 mk1 though). The old version is rarely seen now. Hope this help.
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Old Wednesday 14th January 2015, 14:07   #53
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This is the current version: Canon IS II 10x30.
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Old Thursday 15th January 2015, 10:10   #54
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This is the current version: Canon IS II 10x30.

Thanks for the helpful info.

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Old Saturday 7th February 2015, 13:10   #55
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Just to bring this thread to a conclusion, albeit one that's not really satisfactory: All Canon IS binoculars have a limited diopter range of +/- 3 diopters. I need more than that, something like -4 diopters. After a discussion with my ophthalmologist I decided the various ways of dealing with this problem are not really workable in the field, so I'll have to stay away from the Canon IS technology.

Oh well.

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Old Sunday 8th February 2015, 09:44   #56
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In Canon IS threads the worry of having to do expensive repair is often seen. I bought a used pair of 15x50s five years ago and never had any problems.
Well, a tiny one perhaps. They don't switch off by themselves after five mins. They just stay on. Thus I have to make sure I switch them off, otherwise the batteries get drained. Anyone else heard of this issue before?
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Old Sunday 8th February 2015, 15:35   #57
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. Hi Wolf Beam,
I have heard of this problem, but my 1850 switches off after maybe 5 to 7 minutes.
it has worked very well for maybe 10 years or more.
I always try to listen to the binocular close to my ear before putting it away to make sure it is off. There is also the light indicating if it is on or off, but if I hear no sound at all then I presume it is working properly and switched off by itself.
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Old Sunday 8th February 2015, 21:23   #58
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Hi Wolf Beam,

I've no experience of Canon Is binoculars yet (but my sister bought a 10x30 yesterday which I'm really looking forward to trying out when I see her next month). Just wondered what's your impression of the 15x50 and what you mostly use them for. It occurs to me that the higher power Canons offer something quite unique - a steady image at high magnification - handheld. Encouraging that a second-hand pair is still going strong after a further 5 years use and of course Binastro's are 10yrs and counting - any idea how old yours were when you bought them?
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Old Monday 9th February 2015, 02:16   #59
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A stabilized monocular 10x25 that seems pretty neat:
Vespobuteo: The next logical step for Gunnar Olssons Foto would be to produce IS Magnipro binoculars that can compete with Canon IS---I hope they will!///Peter.

http://www.birdforum.net/attachment....1&d=1423169411

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Hi Wolf Beam,

I've no experience of Canon Is binoculars yet (but my sister bought a 10x30 yesterday which I'm really looking forward to trying out when I see her next month). Just wondered what's your impression of the 15x50 and what you mostly use them for. It occurs to me that the higher power Canons offer something quite unique - a steady image at high magnification - handheld. Encouraging that a second-hand pair is still going strong after a further 5 years use and of course Binastro's are 10yrs and counting - any idea how old yours were when you bought them?
Hi,

I mainly use them for wetland and lake viewing. I also have a small and very good scope, Nikon ED50, which mainly stays on the shelf nowadays. Just like with a scope the 15x50s are not used alone. I often bring my lightweight Pentax Papilios with the Canon. Both worn with neck straps. One short and one long. Convenient.

When I bought the Canons they were 5 years old. So the age is 10 years.
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I would think that the Canon 1550 IS is one of the best binoculars made, assuming that you get one that is optically and mechanically as it should be.
It is good for astronomy and terrestrial work.
It has a wide apparent field, very good star images and can out resolve standard binoculars handheld.

I use the 1850 as I prefer the higher magnification.

I may occasionally have had the problem, where the image stabilisation did not switch off, and I think this may have been several years ago. It may be something to do with the switch, or the way the switch is depressed.
But if it never switches itself off, this is a slight fault, but as long as you know about it then you just switch it off manually.
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Someone asked me about the details of diopter adjustment of Canon IS 10x30. So I will post some pics here.
1st pic: this fix works for IS version II. I am not sure about the other models.
2nd pic: remove the eyecup (both left and right eye can do the same), you can see a pin holding the eyepiece.
3rd pic: press two flat head drivers in opposite direction of the pin.
4th pic: tweak the drivers up, and repeat a few times. The pin is lifted. Now the eyepiece can be screwed off.
5th pic: you can see there are a number of positions for the pin to settle. Screw the eyepiece down until you find a depth best suit your diopter. Press the pin down to the nearest hole. Done.

Hope this help.
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Thanks for the pics, very useful!

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I just picked up a pair second hand for $80 in like new condition! Binocular quality on first impression is very good. The IS works well too.

I see some CA compared to my other alphas, but very good find none the less.

These will probably be a gift for someone as I have more glass than I can use right now, but couldn't pass up the deal.
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