binocular

BINOCULAR

RANGE

2013 - 2015

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BRING THE

WORLD

CLOSER

TO YOU

Whether you want to use your binoculars for travelling, bird watching, sailing, hunting, hiking or to watch sports and nature, Canon will bring the world closer to you.

With the broad range of highperformance binoculars that

Canon has to offer, you can find a pair of binoculars that best suits your needs. Each model is designed to deliver the highest standards of optical and mechanical performance.

As a world leader in lens and optical technology, you can be assured that Canon binoculars will deliver outstanding image quality every time you use them.

CONTENTS

3 Canon Binocular Technology

5 Features

6 Binocular Range

8 Binocular Range Specifications

9 Glossary / Technical Guide

CANON BINOCULAR TECHNOLOGY

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Canon binoculars incorporate computer-assisted lens design from

Canon’s renowned EF lenses to ensure superior quality across the entire range. This quality is further enhanced with the addition of Image

Stabilizer technology, adapted from

Canon’s industry-leading cameras.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Image Stabilizer suppresses image shake so that the image looks steady to the eye. When the IS is engaged, vertical and horizontal gyros detect motion in any direction.

The amount of shake is calculated by a microcomputer and the shake is optimally counteracted by either a set of

Vari-Angle Prisms (VAP) or a Tilt mechanism. In effect, the light’s refraction is altered so that the image always looks steady to the eye. This revolutionary system instantly and continuously makes adjustments to maintain a steady image.

IMAGE STABILIZER

The more powerful the binoculars, the more minor vibrations are magnified. As a result, even a slight shaking of your hands will shake the image in the binoculars dramatically. Normally, we can tolerate this image shake with binoculars up to 7x magnification. With higher magnification binoculars, the image shake quickly becomes intolerable and a tripod is necessary. However, with Canon’s Image Stabilizer turned on, image shake is eliminated even at magnifications of 15x and 18x. The

Image Stabilizer steadies the image instantaneously to bring out the optimum performance of the lenses.

Optical Image Stabilizer System

Vari-Angle Prism

Perfectly Horizontal Tipped Upward Tipped Downward

VARI-ANGLE PRISM (VAP)

Two sensors detect horizontal and vertical shaking respectively. The two Vari-Angle Prisms in both the left and right telescopes are controlled by a microprocessor to instantly adjust refraction angle of the incoming light, producing shake-free images.

Objective lens Prism Eyepiece lens

Eyepoint

No Handheld shake

Without Stabilizer With Image Stabilizer

Image Stabilizer element

Hand-held shake

Binoculars tilted due to handheld shake

Corrected light flux

Hand-held shake corrected with Image

Stabilizer

Rotation centre of Image Stabilizer element

Axis of Image Stabilizer element

CANON BINOCULAR TECHNOLOGY

DOUBLE FIELD FLATTENER

The IS (Image Stabilizer) series feature eyepiece lenses with unique Double Field Flattener, which dramatically reduces the curvature of field. As a result, there is none of the image distortion and blurring at the periphery, typical of high-magnification binoculars. This advanced design also enables eyeglass wearers to view the entire field without vignetting.

Double Field Flattener

18 x 50 – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Binoculars models are generally described by two numbers separated by an “x”. The first number refers to the magnification or power of the binoculars. It tells you how much larger, or closer, an image will appear. The higher the number, the closer it will appear. The second number is the diameter (in millimetres) of the objective (front) lens. The larger the number, the more light the binoculars gather, and the brighter the image will appear.

General Use

Bird Watching

Spectator Sports

Astronomy

Business

Without Double Field Flattener

With Double Field Flattener

SUPER SPECTRA COATING

When light enters and exits a lens, approximately 5% of the light is reflected back. This not only reduces the amount of light passing through the lens but also leads to unwanted flare or ghost images. To prevent this reflection Canon applies a special coating to each element in its binoculars called Super Spectra Coating. This provides the overall lens system with optimum colour characteristics and assists in producing sharp, high-contrast images.

Travel

Theatre

Camping/Hiking

Marine Activity

Survellance

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FEATURES

WIDE-ANGLE VIEW

Binoculars with an apparent field- of-view greater than 65° offering a broader scope of view.

RUBBER COATING

Cushions the binoculars against shocks and makes them easier to grip.

DOUBLE FIELD FLATTENER

A double lens group that compensates for curvature of field, ensuring excellent image flatness and clarity.

OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER

A computer-controlled Vari-Angle Prism (VAP) system that compensates for movement to provide a clearer view.

LONG EYE-RELIEF

Allows users who wear glasses to see the entire image.

WATERPROOF

Will survive submersion up to one metre underwater for five minutes. Not suitable for prolonged underwater use.

WEATHERPROOF

Can be used in rain or snow and rinsed in running water to remove mud and dirt.

PORRO PRISM

A combination of right-angle prisms that ensures the image is the right way up for viewing. The use of prisms also shortens the distance between the objective and eyepiece lenses, reducing the size and weight of the binoculars.

SUPER SPECTRA MULTICOATING

Extremely thin layers of chemicals applied to the surfaces of selected lenses and prisms to reduce unwanted reflections.

This improves image sharpness, contrast and colour balance.

BINOCULAR RANGE

10x 42 L IS WP

The first waterproof binocular to incorporate

Canon’s exclusive image stabilizer technology.

Built-in high quality L series optics, featuring 2 ultra-low Dispersion lens elements, deliver excellent correction for light distortion. Exceptionally bright viewing, even in low-light.

 Magnification of 10x  Large diameter 42mm objective ‘L’ series lens for unparalleled performance

Wide field-ofview of 65°

Fully Waterproof

Metallic coating prevents fogging

15 x 50 IS

The high-magnification weather-resistant binoculars with built-in Image Stabilizer. Designed for professionals and uncompromising enthusiasts, these high-magnification binoculars incorporate innovative technologies that set a new standard of performance.

High magnification of 15x

Large diameter 50mm objective lens for a bright field-of-view

Wide field-of-view of 67°

Long eye-relief of 15mm

Image Stabilizer

UD element to reduce chromatic lens aberrations

Suitable for use in all weather conditions, including rain and ocean spray

18 x 50 IS

The high-magnification weather-resistant binoculars with built-in Image Stabilizer. Designed for professionals and uncompromising enthusiasts, these high-magnification binoculars incorporate innovative technologies that set a new standard of performance.

High magnification of 18x

Large diameter 50mm objective lens for a bright field-of-view

Wide field-ofview of 67°  Long eye-relief of 15mm  Image Stabilizer

UD element to reduce chromatic lens aberrations

Suitable for use in all weather conditions, including rain and ocean spray

12 x 36 IS III

High power 12x binoculars with built-in Image

Stabilizer.

High magnification of 12x

Field-of-view of 60°

Long eye-relief of 14.5mm

Image Stabilizer

Double

Field Flattener lens for improved edge sharpness

High resolving power

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BINOCULAR

RANGE

10 x 30 IS II

Lightweight and powerful 10x Image Stabilizer binoculars.

Magnification of 10x

Field-of-view of 60°

Long eye-relief of 14.5mm  Image Stabilizer  Double Field

Flattener lens for improved edge sharpness

8 X 25 IS

World’s smallest and lightest Image

Stabilizer binoculars.

Compact, lightweight and easy-to-use

Magnification of 8x

Tilt Mechanism Image

Stabilizer

Battery allows six hours of continuous operation

Environmentally friendly lead-free glass

Field Flattener lens

BINOCULAR RANGE SPECIFICATIONS

Magnification (x)

10 x 42 L IS WP

Fully waterproof model fitted with professional

L series lenses and advanced image stabilizer.

18 x 50 IS

Ultra-high magnification weatherresistant

18x binoculars with builtin Image

Stabilizer

15 x 50 IS

Highmagnification weatherresistant

15x binoculars with builtin Image

Stabilizer

12 x 36 IS II

High-power

12x binoculars with built-in

Image

Stabilizer

10 x 30 IS

Lightweight and powerful

10x Image

Stabilizer binoculars

8 x 25 IS

World’s smallest and lightest Image

Stabilizer binoculars

10 18 15 12 10 8

Objective Diameter (mm)

Exit Pupil (mm)

42

4.2

50

2.8

50

3.3

36

3

30

3

25

3.1

Relative Brightness

Real Field-of-View

Apparent Field-of-View

Field-of-View at 1000m (m)

17.6

6.5º

65º

114

7.8

3.7º

67º

65

10.9

4.5º

67º

79

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5.0º

60º

87.5

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6.0º

60º

105

9.6

6.6º

52.8º

115

Closest Focusing Distance (m)

Eye-Relief (mm)

±2.5

16

±6

15

±6

15

±6

14.5

Prism Porro Prism II Porro Prism II Porro Prism II Porro Prism

Objective Lens Movement No No No Yes

±4.2

14.5

±3.5

13.5

Porro Prism Porro Prism II

Yes No

Image Stabilizer

Field Flattener Lens

UD Lens

Power Source

Rubber Coating

Water Resistance

Super Spectra Multicoating

Yes

Double Field

Flattener

Yes

2x AA

Yes



Yes

Yes

Double Field

Flattener

Yes

Yes

Double Field

Flattener

Yes

Yes

Double Field

Flattener

No

Yes

Double Field

Flattener

No

Yes

Double Field

Flattener

No

2 x AA

Yes

Yes

2 x AA

Yes

Yes

2 x AA

No

No

Yes

2 x AA

No

Yes

CR123A

No

Yes

Weight (excluding batteries) 1,030g 1,200g 1,200g 660g 600g 490g

Dimensions W x H x D (mm) 137 x 86 x 176 152 x 193 x 81 152 x 193 x 81 127 x 174 x 70 127 x 70 x 150 120 x 138 x 61

 All Weather - Usable in heavy rain.

 Waterproof 1 metre underwater for 5 minutes. Not for use under water. JIS Level 4/IEC Level 4 standards

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GLOSSARY / TECHNICAL GUIDE

DIOPTER ADJUSTMENT

A “fine focus” adjustment ring usually provided around one eyepiece to accommodate for vision differences between the right and left eye. Available on select models.

EXIT PUPIL DIAMETER

This is the diameter of the shaft of light coming from the binoculars to the eye. Its size is calculated by dividing the objective lens diameter by the magnification. This number when squared, produces the relative brightness index (-> twilight factor). A larger exit pupil diameter is generally more desirable, as the wider the shaft of light, the brighter the image because the light is hitting more of our retina.

When bright

When dark

The exit pupil is

3.0mm

The exit pupil is

7.0mm

EYE-RELIEF

Eye-relief is the distance between the eyepiece lenses and the eyepoint at the time of focusing, or the distance the binoculars can be held away from the eye and still present the full field-of-view. Extended or long eye-relief allows the user to see the entire field-of-view and reduces eyestrain – ideal for eyeglass wearers. Canon binoculars have fold down rubber eyecups that allow you to bring your binoculars in close to your eyes.

FIELD-OF-VIEW

Real field-of-view is the width of the area that you can see through the binoculars, or how much of the scene you will be able to see (also referred to as the angleof-view). If the field-of-view is 150m at

1000m, this means what you see in the viewfinder spans a width 150m when viewing a scene from a distance of a kilometre. Wide-angle binoculars feature a wide field-of-view and are better for following action. As a general rule the size of the field-of-view will decrease as magnification increases.

Apparent field-of-view is the value of the real field-of-view multiplied by the magnification. This value represents the field-of-view you see looking through the binoculars. It is comparable even among binoculars of different magnification. The

Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) defines

Field-of-view at 7 metres

100 metres (10000/10)

1,000 metres b) Apparent field-of-view: 50° a) Apparent field-of-view: 5° binoculars with an apparent field-of-view greater than 65˚ as wide field-of-view types.

MAGNIFICATION

Magnification is the first number quoted in the binoculars’ model designation. With a 10x magnification, the object being viewed appears to be

10 times closer than you would see it with the unaided eye. An object that is 800 metres away will appear as though it is only 80 metres from you.

OBJECTIVE LENS DIAMETER

This is the second number quoted in the binoculars’ model designation. It indicates the diameter, in millimetres, of the front (or objective) lens (also referred to as aperture). The larger the objective lens, the more light enters the binoculars, and the brighter the image, which provides greater detail and a clearer image.

OPTICAL COATINGS

When a thin layer of anti-reflection coating is applied to a glass surface it reduces light loss (increasing the amount of light that actually reaches the eye). The more complete and complex the coating scheme, the higher the binoculars’ light transmittance. Better coatings allow more light to reach the eye, improving brightness and overall optical performance. Multicoated optics means that all air-to-glass surfaces are treated with the time-proven multi-layer coating, which improves light transmission efficiency. This means you’ll enjoy bright, high-contrast images without flare as well as reduced eye fatigue.

Canon’s multi-layer coating prevents the loss of light caused by reflection on a lens surface, offering a brighter, much clearer view.

OPTICAL SYSTEMS

Light enters the objective lenses and travels via prisms to the eyepieces. The two most commonly used prism systems are Porro prism and Roof prism that result in two basic designs (see Porro prism and

Roof prism). The purpose of prisms is to correct the inverted and reversed images you would see in their absence.

PORRO PRISM

This is the classic design with a distinctive “Z” shape or offset design. It is characterised internally by a combination of two right-angle Porro prisms and externally by the offset positioning of the eyepieces from the objective lenses.

They usually provide greater depth perception for a more lifelike, 3D image and wider field-of-view.

Eyepiece lens

Porro prisms

Objective lens

TWILIGHT FACTOR

During daylight hours, the magnification of the binoculars will be the principal factor in image resolution. At night, when the eye pupil is dilated, aperture (objective diameter) size is the controlling factor. In twilight conditions, both of these factors affect resolution. A higher twilight factor indicates that the binoculars will resolve images better under dim light conditions. The twilight factor is calculated by multiplying the magnification by the aperture and taking the square root of this product. The twilight factor will primarily indicate performance at dawn or dusk without consideration of the light transmittance or glass quality of the binoculars.

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canon.com.au/csi

call 1800 021 167 or email

[email protected]

canon.co.nz

call

0800 222 666

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