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Built to the world’s most
exacting standards.
No one knows more about optics than Canon. So in creating the binocular line, Canon drew on its
vast optical expertise to incorporate the advanced technologies found in their cameras and lenses,
maximizing clarity and enhancing performance. That’s why Canon offers you features like highly
sophisticated engineering, superior lenses and Image Stabilizer technology.
Each model has been meticulously engineered for comfort and convenience in real world conditions.
Since they are designed to be easy to hold and operate, the lineup features unsurpassed ergonomics,
and many models are equipped with special slip-free grips. Available in a full range of sizes and
magnifications, there’s a Canon binocular for every need, so whether you are whale watching or
following a horse race, Canon binoculars let you view your subject with unrivalled precision and comfort.
Canon. A passion for perfection.
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Canon’s remarkable Image Stabilizer Technology.
The legendary L Lens.
The genius is in the details.
Minimize shaking, maximize viewing.
Focus and follow.
The bright red line engraved on the lens
barrel is the signature of the Canon L Lens.
L-series Lenses are on a level above the
rest, possessing groundbreaking image
performance, outstanding operability and
resistance to weather and aging. Canon’s
L Lenses are well known by professional
photographers around the world for their
innovative optical design, exceptional
quality and brilliant clarity. Canon has equipped its new top-of-the-line model, the
Each Canon binocular has been engineered to deliver performance that
will impress. The state-of-the-art optical technology from Canon’s
world-renowned EF Lens series has been carefully adapted
especially for use in several Canon binocular models,
offering unparalleled resolution. Also Super Spectra
Coating increases image contrast and reduces
lens flare and ghosting in many Canon
binoculars. In addition, Canon uses
Aspherical elements in several of its
designs to assure sharper focus while
10x42L IS WP, with extraordinary L-series technology. Manufactured to provide
dramatically cutting distortion.
developed for Canon’s high
provides instant adjustment of the
superior image quality throughout the entire viewing area, two Ultra-low Dispersion
(UD) elements on each side give you a bolder, brighter view than can be achieved
with conventional optics found in ordinary binoculars. With them, you’ll see more of
your subject, more clearly.
Technologies like these enable
Canon binoculars to perform
at an extraordinarily high
standard.
performance video camcorder family,
these IS technologies have been
brilliantly adapted specifically for
Canon’s binocular line.
refraction angle to compensate for
motion. So what you see through
the lenses is absolutely steady —
even when you’re not.
Shaking occurs naturally when you hold binoculars for an
extended period of time. Wind, muscle fatigue and
even excitement can contribute to “binocular
shake.” The more powerful the binoculars, the
more pronounced the shake appears. It’s tiring
on your eyes, it’s distracting, and it makes
getting a good, sharp focus simply impossible.
To solve this common problem, many Canon
binoculars are equipped with Image
Stabilizer (IS) technologies. Originally
Optical Image Stabilization System
It isn’t always convenient to use a tripod —
Perfectly Horizontal Tipped Upward
Tipped Downward
especially if you or your subject is moving.
With Canon’s IS binocular models there’s no need for additional equipment. For
binoculars with magnification powers of 10x, 12x, 15x and 18x, Canon offers an Image
Stabilizer system utilizing a Vari-Angle Prism (VAP). This system has two sensors —
one vertical and another horizontal — that detect motion as well as a microprocessor
that adjusts the Vari-Angle Prism on
each side, in a bellows-type fashion,
according to the amount of
binocular shake detected. This
Image Stabilizer ON
Image Stabilizer OFF
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IMAGE STABILIZER BINOCULARS
ALL WEATHER
IMAGE STABILIZER BINOCULARS
WATERPROOF
15x50 IS All Weather
18x50 IS All Weather
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A breakthrough in binocular design,
Canon’s new model is the world’s brightest
binocular with image stabilization (as of
January 1, 2005) and is the first completely
waterproof model in the Canon IS binocular
line-up. The 10x42L IS WP is equipped with
Canon’s high-performance L-series optics
that feature two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD)
lens elements on each side. The 4.2mm
exit pupil diameter delivers the brightest
optics in the Canon IS series. With an extra
wide 65˚ apparent angle-of-view, these
binoculars qualify as wide angle
instruments, allowing you to see more of
your subject. Doublet Field Flattener Lenses
offer superb edge-to-edge sharpness. A
metal coating prevents fogging, and the
ribbed surface ensures a secure grip.
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These all weather models set a new
performance standard. With one-touch
Image Stabilizer technology, they instantly
compensate for “binocular shake.” Largediameter 50mm front objective lenses
accommodate a wide range of activities —
from sports to astronomical observation.
A multi-coated Ultra-low Dispersion (UD)
lens element in each objective section
delivers outstanding image contrast,
sharpness and color clarity. To
accommodate eyeglass wearers, 15mm
Long-Eye Relief provides greater viewing
comfort, and the ergonomic design makes
them very easy to hold. An optional anti-fog
eyepiece prevents condensation and
fogging in foul weather.
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IMAGE STABILIZER BINOCULARS
IMAGE STABILIZER BINOCULARS
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Light, sleek and powerful, these advanced
binoculars feature Canon’s celebrated
Image Stabilizer technology to keep the
image steady even when you’re not.
High magnification multi-coated lenses
deliver a wide, extra-bright field-of-view.
The Doublet Field Flattener keeps images
sharp from edge-to-edge. The enhanced
power-saving technology coupled with
optional lithium AA batteries provide up
to 12 hours of continuous use. All Canon
binoculars feature a center focus for easy
one-handed operation, and the 12x36 IS
II has a water-resistant non-slip rubber
coating that assures secure handling in
a wide range of environments.
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Light in weight but powerful in
performance, these well-designed
binoculars offer Canon’s superb Image
Stabilizer technology to instantly
counteract “binocular shake.”
The Doublet Field Flattener provides
sharp, distortion-free images from edgeto-edge. Canon’s Super Spectra Multi
Coating assures superior contrast so you
see everything in the best possible light.
A non-slip rubber coating makes the
10X30 IS easy to hold even when you’re
wearing gloves or in a damp environment.
There’s also Long-Eye Relief to provide
greater comfort for those who wear
eyeglasses.
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8x32 WP
WATERPROOF BINOCULARS
COMPACT BINOCULARS
IMAGE STABILIZER BINOCULARS
7x42 AWP
7x17 FC
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Ultra compact and lightweight, this
model features Canon’s high-efficiency
Tilt-System Image Stabilization that
combines stability with sleek styling.
They’re the world’s smallest, lightest
and most affordable image stabilized
binoculars (as of January 1, 2005).
An extremely compact ergonomic design
makes the 8x25 IS comfortable to carry
and even easier to use. Canon’s all-glass
optics with Super Spectra Multi Coating
assure outstanding sharpness, clarity
and contrast. And these binoculars are
not only user-friendly, they’re also
environmentally friendly — only lead-free
glass is used in the optical system.
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With its 42mm objective lens and 6mm
exit pupil diameter—the largest among
Canon binoculars—the 7x42 A WP
provides an exceptionally bright image.
Plus, you get powerful Aspherical optics
and an easy-to-hold, waterproof design.
The 8x32 WP offers a compact roof-prism
design with a 60˚ apparent angle-of-view.
Other features include its nitrogen-filled
waterproof construction and a Field
Flattener lens in each eyepiece.
The smallest Canon binocular, the
7x17 FC features retracting lens barrels,
a sliding eye-adjustment mechanism
and lenses with Canon’s Super Spectra
Multi Coating. It also provides close
focusing at distances down to five feet.
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Find the binoculars that fit your needs.
Waterproof and all weather Lead-free optics
Several models in the Canon binocular
line are waterproof or water-resistant.
Designed to be used outdoors and on the
water, these models are built to withstand
a broad range of conditions including
rain, humidity and more. The new Canon
10x42L IS WP offers Canon’s highest
standard of waterproof performance—it
can be completely submerged.
Canon uses environmentally friendly
lead-free glass in its optical systems.
This creates the high-quality
performance you demand from your
binocular while protecting the
environment from unnecessary harm.
The importance of objective
lens diameter
Binoculars are described by the power
of their magnification (18x, 15x, 12x,
etc.) combined with the diameter of their
objective lenses (50mm, 42mm, 36mm,
etc.) The greater the magnification power,
the larger your viewing subject will appear
in the objective lens as you look through
the binoculars.
For instance, if you use the 10x42L IS WP
to track a subject 100 yards away, it
appears to be the same size as a subject
located just 10 yards away seen without
binoculars. All things being equal, the
larger the diameter of the objective lens,
the more light it can admit for brighter,
more detailed images. So binoculars like
the 10x42L IS WP, 18x50 IS AW and
15x50 IS AW produce particularly bright,
clear images.
The key to Field-of-View
The field-of-view is the area you see when
you look through the binocular. The higher
the magnification power, the narrower the
field-of-view. The apparent angle-of-view
is the product of the magnification times
a 6.5˚ field-of-view appears to have a
65˚ range; qualifying it as a wide angle
instrument. The greater the apparent
angle-of-view, the easier it is for you to
pinpoint and track your subject. The
Canon binocular line offers models with
apparent angles-of-view that range from
45˚ to 67˚.
Looking through a 10x42L IS WP binoculars
at a subject 1,000 yards away
When bright....
The brightness of an image is associated
with the amount of incidental light that
Pupil dilates
as wide as 7.0mm.
can reflect away as much as 8% of
incoming light per lens element —
10x42L IS WP, the 10x magnification with
b. Apparent
angle-of-view: 65˚
a. Real field-of-view: 6.5˚
Wide field- of-view
resulting in a dim image. For this reason
Canon employs Super Spectra Multi
Coating to enhance brightness.
Since many things contribute to the
brightness of an image, be sure to
consider the following factors as you
compare binoculars:
Exit pupil diameter
With a 10x magnification binocular,
the hot air balloon 100 yards away
will seem as if it were 10 yards away.
Viewer’s pupil
diameter is 3.0mm.
Canon’s Super Spectra Multi Coating
is reflected by the lens. Uncoated lenses
c. Field-of-view at
1,000 yards: 340.6 feet
10 yards away with
the naked eye.
results. For daytime viewing, binoculars
with exit pupil sizes between 2.5 and
3mm are often sufficient.
When dark....
the real field-of-view. So in the case of the
100 yards away
with the naked
eye.
Differences in brightness
Narrow field- of-view
The size of the image that emerges at
the binocular’s eyepiece impacts image
brightness. In dimly lit settings, a large
exit pupil, for example 4.2mm found on
the 10x42L IS WP, delivers brighter
viewing is that higher magnification
binoculars, even those with smaller exit
pupil size or “relative brightness” ratings,
can often reveal better detail in low light
because of their higher magnification.
Twilight Coefficient or Twilight Factor
accounts for the magnifying power of a
pair of binoculars, and can be a useful
rating—especially if viewing at dawn or
dusk, or deep shade viewing conditions.
Judging quality
When evaluating binoculars brands and
Objective element diameter
This refers to the front lens element
measured in mm. All things being equal,
the larger the lens in front of the
binocular, the more light it can take in
and the brighter the viewing image will
be. The 18x50 IS AW and 15x50 IS AW
have the largest objective lenses in
Canon’s binocular lineup.
Twilight coefficient
One difficulty with using traditional
numerical ratings to determine a
binocular’s suitability for low-light
models, here are few things to look for:
Alignment
If the parallel tubes of the binocular are
out of alignment due to a manufacturing
defect or accident, you’ll see two similar
but separate images. There is no way to
repair this problem and it renders the
binocular virtually useless.
Color
Focus the binocular on a white object.
Check two things: first, that the white
object appears a faithful white tone
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through the binocular and second, that
there’s no secondary “band” of color(s)
at the edges of the object. This is
important because at higher
magnifications, chromatic aberrations
tend to occur more frequently. Canon
binoculars correct for this problem by
using UD lenses from Canon’s EF Lens
series (highest magnification models)
or Super Spectra Multi Coating.
Curvature of the field
High quality binoculars show excellent
sharpness not only at the center of
images, but at the edges as well. This is
easy to check: stand at a 90˚ angle to a
wall with detail and focus. Then check
the sharpness from center to edge. For
the best possible flat-field performance,
most Canon binoculars use Field
Flattener and Aspherical lenses.
Chromatic aberration
cancelled out.
Chromatic aberration
causes the highlighted
part to look pink.
Clarity
To check for clarity, point the binocular at
a clearly defined edge, like the lettering
on a sign or a constellation in the night
sky. Images should appear crisp and
razor-sharp.
Parallel Lines
Clear image.
Nomenclature
Image Stabilizer button
Perfect parallel image.
The tower is slanted and
has a spool-shaped effect.
Diopter adjustment rings
Focusing ring
Eye cup
Eyepiece barrel
the spread of the eyepieces
until you see one circular image.
Please note that eye spacing and diopter
adjustment is different for each person.
Another person would have to adjust the eye
spacing and diopter again.
2. Close your right eye and look through
3. Close your left eye and look through the
Remembering the readings of the diopters will make it
easier to readjust the binoculars after someone else
has used them.
With Anti-Fog Piece
For added comfort, eyeglass wearers can adjust the
eyecups on IS series binoculars by folding back the
rubber eyepiece rings or by twisting the eyepiece up or
down in the case of the 10x42L IS WP.
For eyeglass wearers
If you look through the binocular while
wearing eyeglasses, your eyes will be further
Prism
Focusing
Systems
Magnification
Obj. Lens
Diameter
(mm)
Focus
Range
(feet)
Exit
Pupil
(mm)
Relative
Brightness
EyeRelief
(mm)
Real
Field-ofView(°)
Apparent
Angle-ofView(°)
Field-of-View
at 1,000 yds.
(ft.)
Size (Encased)
[W x D x H] (in.)
Weight*
(oz.)
Water
Resistant
Exterior
Finish
Power
Source
Battery
Life***
18x50 IS AW
Porro II
Prism
Center-Focusing
18x
50
19.7 ~
Infinity
2.8
7.8
15 (LongEye Relief)
3.7
66.6
194
6 x 7-9/16 x 3-3/16
41.7
Water Resistant
(Wide)
(Usable in heavy rain)
Rubber
Coat
Two
AA Alkaline Batteries
2.5 hrs.
15x50 IS AW
Porro II
Prism
Center-Focusing
15x
50
19.7 ~
Infinity
3.3
10.9
15 (Long-
67.5
Eye Relief)
4.5
(Wide)
Rubber
Coat
Two
AA Alkaline Batteries
2.5 hrs.
10x42L IS WP
Porro II
Prism
Center-Focusing
10x
42
8.2 ~
Infinity
4.2
17.64
16 (Long-
6.5
65.0
(Wide)
for 30 min.**
Rubber
Coat
Two
AA Alkaline Batteries
4 hrs.
12x36 IS II
Porro II
Prism
Center-Focusing
12x
36
19.7 ~
Infinity
3.0
9.0
14.5
5
60.0
(Wide)
262
5 x 6-15/16 x 2-13/16
23.3
–
Rubber Coat
(Soft Plastic)
Two
AA Alkaline Batteries
4 hrs.
10x30 IS
Porro II
Prism
Center-Focusing
10x
30
13.8 ~
Infinity
3.0
9.0
14.5
6
60.0
(Wide)
314
5 x 5-15/16 x 2-13/16
22.2
–
Rubber Coat
(Soft Plastic)
Two
AA Alkaline Batteries
4 hrs.
8x25 IS
Porro II
Prism
Center-Focusing
8x
25
11.5 ~
Infinity
3.1
9.6
13.5
6.6
52.8
346
4-11/16 x 5-3/8 x 2-3/8
16.9
–
Matte
One
CR123 Lithium Battery
6 hrs.
7x42 A WP
Roofprism
Center-Focusing
7x
42
13.1 ~
Infinity
6.0
36.0
17 (LongEye Relief)
7
49.0
367
5x6x2
26.5
Waterproof
Rubber Coat
(Soft Plastic)
–
–
8x32 WP
Roofprism
Center-Focusing
8x
32
16.4 ~
Infinity
4.0
16.0
18 (Long-
7.5
60.0
393
5-3/8 x 5-11/16 x 2-1/8
21.2
Waterproof
Rubber
Coat
–
–
7x17 FC
Roofprism
17
4.6 ~
Infinity
Aluminum
Alloy
–
–
Center-Focusing
7x
2.42
5.9
Eye Relief)
Eye Relief)
16 (LongEye Relief)
6.5
(Wide)
45.5
236
6 x 7-9/16 x 3-3/16
41.7
340.6
5.4 x 6.9 x 3.4
36.8
340.6
3-5/8 x 2-3/8 x 1
6.3
Water Resistant
(Usable in heavy rain)
Waterproof
for 5 min.**
for 5 min.**
–
*Without batteries. **Waterproof to 3.3 ft. underwater. ***Battery life figures are approximate and based on continuous viewing at 77°F/25°C.
Objective lens
General Use
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for your eyesight. When you move the
focusing ring for different distances,
the image will remain sharply focused.
Strap eyelets
Without
Anti-Fog Piece
away from the eyepieces, causing the image
to gradually shade off at the edges. To
prevent this, use the foldaway rubber
eyepiece rings if available.
4. The binocular should now be adjusted
1. Look through the binocular, and adjust
On/Off Lamp
Designed specifically for the 18x50 IS AW and
the 15x50 IS AW binocular, these eyepieces
prevent condensation and fogging. Useful in
warm, humid and cold weather.
focus ring any further. Turn only the
right-side eyepiece diopter ring as
necessary.
right eyepiece. Do not turn the center
Because of lens
aberration, the entire
image appears blurry.
Anti-Fog Eyepiece AE-B1
HOW TO USE BINOCULARS
This is the proper way to adjust a
binocular for outdoor use.
the left eyepiece. Use the focusing ring
to focus sharply on the subject.
Excellent binoculars will render parallel
lines in a subject as perfectly straight as
Clear image all
the way to the edge.
The image near the
edge of the circle is blurred.
they appear to the naked eye. It’s easy to
test with a building or other flat subject
with pronounced horizontal or vertical
lines by observing whether lines near the
periphery remain sharp or tend to curve.
Canon’s outstanding optics, including
Aspherical lens elements, correct for
linear distortion.
Bird Watcing
Spectator Sports
Astromy
travel
Theater
Hunting
Camping/Hiking
Marine Activity
Suveillance
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