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Old 05-12-2006, 03:21   #16
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A word about the Nikons...

we have the Nikon 14x40's. I have not used any other brands so cannot give a comparison. As far as stabilization goes, they have two levels, land and sea. In my experience, land compensates for the "jitters", whereas sea adds additional compensation for movements like swells, etc.
They do use batteries rather quickly especially if you're sitting at anchor and perusing the boats (bikini clad crew) as they come in to anchor!
We bought them because they are waterproof, center focus (can adjust for vision correction), and really worked.
While they are expensive, we have never regretted buying them as they are a pleasure to use.

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Old 08-12-2006, 17:44   #17
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I have the Canon's and love them.

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Old 23-07-2007, 06:44   #18
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Any updates here, I am considering/shopping for some stabilized Binoc's
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Anything New for the Holiday Shopping Season?

Can anyone update the to the latest as far as image stabilization?
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Any updates here, I am considering/shopping for some stabilized Binoc's
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:41   #20
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I have the Cannon and love it too. The only problem is mine started getting condensation in the lens. Probably left them in the cockpit once too often. Even then they fog up in one lens, I have better visibility than with non-stabilized binoc's.
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:26   #21
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I have these: Binoculars - Image Stabilizer - Compact - Binoculars - 18 X 50 IS All Weather - Canon USA Consumer Products

I have had no problems with it. I can clearly see Jupiter's moons and barely make out Saturn's rings. I use it at work mostly for identifying the names of vessels that I need to call on the VHF. The image stabilization allows for a much greater power which at least doubles the magnification meaning I can pick out the name of a vessel much much sooner. I would not trade them for any other set of binoculars.

It's also good for getting an advanced warning that I am about to get boarded because I am doing weird things in unusual places. (That's what research boats do.)

The only downside is their price at around a 1000 bucks (internet price). Pricey, but worth it.

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Old 14-12-2007, 15:31   #22
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I recently bought the Nikon IS 14x40. WOW!! I've heard that Fujinon makes the Nikon's. We love them. They're waterproof and have a marine setting as well (rather than land). The degrees of defection (?) is important. Fujinon and Nikon have 5, Canon has 3. I watched Ebay for almost 3 years to find a new set. Patience paid off!!

I wish I'd done this sooner!
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