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Old 23-06-2009, 23:11   #1
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Image Stabilization Binoculars

Not sure if this is the right subject area but I am looking for recommendations for a new pair of binoculars for extended cruising. Some research indicates that the Canon 10 X 30 IS may fit the bill. Not overly expensive and with excellent consumer reviews.
I want improved binos to be able to more readily read distant channel markers, landmarks, etc. while Caribbean cruising.
The Canon 10X0 IS binos are not waterproof which is a bit of a deterrent. Our cat is stable but rain can always be an issue.

Anyway, would appreciate any recommendations, including comments on the above Canon model if you have it.

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Old 24-06-2009, 00:29   #2
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Hi Teej,

I can't comment on the Canon's. I use a pair of Steiner 7x50 Navigators. They are excellent. Auto-focus, once set to your eyes everything is sharp from about 20 meters to infinity and the clarity is excellent. The binoculars are rubber skinned. They have a built in compass with red light for night illumination. You can get an optional strap that floats just in case they take a dip over board.

They are a bit on the expensive side. They cost around $900 down here in Australia but I think worth every cent. IMHO. I intend to have these for a very long time.

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Old 24-06-2009, 02:00   #3
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Thanks for the tip 1960cjj. I found a pair on ebay.
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Old 24-06-2009, 03:35   #4
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I have a pair of Fujinon 14 x 40 stabilized. Its like putting your eyeballs in an armchair - the image is rock steady. I can't recommend them highly enough. They're only a year old, so I can't comment about their longevity.
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Old 24-06-2009, 03:47   #5
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This might help.

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Old 24-06-2009, 05:24   #6
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i second what neelie said. i've had nikon 14x40 (same manufacturer) for 3+ years. Love em! IMHO 10 x 30 is a waste of $$. not enough power.
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We have the Fujinon 14x40, which has been a worthwhile addition to our gear. Waterproof is the way to go for such an electronic gizmo. I can add that while the glasses have great magnification and stability, atmospheric disturbances sometimes make buoy IDs difficult until some distance is closed.

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I'll 4th or 5th the Fujinon 14/40. Rock steady viewing and great magnification. Buy the Fujinon, not the Nikon, as they are cheaper and the same binocular. Don't know it's stll the case but the Fujinon's used to come with a water proof case and were still cheaper than the Nikon branded version.
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I've got a pair of the cannon 10x30 and love them! We've had them for almost 3 years and yes, more power would be nice but at too high of a price [for me].

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