View Full Version : Stabilized binocs

ron ll
07-14-2008, 10:31 AM
Got this here check in the mail from George says I gotta stimulate the economy. Thinking I might put it on some new binocs. A friend had a Canon stabilized pair that he said was about $500 and they looked pretty good at a brief glance.

Anyone have favorites? Is it possible to get a good pair for boating for the $600 Dubya gave me?

07-14-2008, 10:34 AM
I'm happy with my Steiners.....

Captain Blight
07-14-2008, 01:15 PM
Click here (http://www.pricescan.com/Canon-10x30-IS-Binoculars/el/42342.html)

07-14-2008, 01:20 PM
Canon's 10x42 L IS are considerably more expensive (~$1000) but are considered to be top of the crop.


Lew Barrett
07-14-2008, 01:27 PM
Canons are good, as are the Fujinons. I like my Steiners too, but would buy stabilized for the boat if doing it again.

Bob Cleek
07-14-2008, 02:27 PM
Somehow, I can't get past a pair of binoculars with "batteries not included." LOL

ron ll
07-14-2008, 04:17 PM
Okay, I spoke with the very knowledgeable guy at Captain's in Seattle and now may be even more unsure. The Canon stabilized binocs are nice but there are some drawbacks. They are much more fragile and yes, require batteries. Small batteries always seem to be dead on my boat. And if they are like my camera it always needs batteries when I need the camera.

"Kathy, can you find that next channel marker?"
"Just a minute, I've got to find some new batteries for the binoculars."

I might be re-thinking the good old 7x50 Navy style. They have a good field of view, lots of light and are relatively stable when hand-held. But then again, the stabilized allow higher magnification.

Dunno, I just dunno.

Captain Blight
07-14-2008, 06:05 PM
Steiners with the built-in compass are bloody awesome.

Lew Barrett
07-14-2008, 06:36 PM
One thing you can say for the Steiners; they are a lifetime buy. Oh, the ones with the compass (mine are Commander IIIs)? They take a small battery too! For the little light on the compass that allows for nighttime viewing! But then, the binocs always work.

Did the Captain's guy at say anything about the Fujinons? I might guess that they would be more durable, as they have a reputation for building dedicated marine binocs. Handheld, non stabilised, it's hard to beat the Steiner 7X50 package.

07-14-2008, 06:41 PM
I've got a pair of Fujinon 7x50s that I bought in the mid '80s. A buddy bought a pair of Steiners the same day. Both are still great specs.

ron ll
07-14-2008, 07:15 PM
Did the Captain's guy at say anything about the Fujinons?

Yes, they carry the Fujinon 7x50s but they also have their own "Captain's" brand that he says is a direct copy of the Fujinon and a bit less expensive. I tried them and they were pretty nice. They were priced at $410 but I didn't notice the price on the Fujinons.

07-14-2008, 07:18 PM
I had a set (still do) of Canons.....but when I left for the middle east I was looking at the Steiners in Boat U.S. and they wanted close to a thousand bucks....passing through germany at the duty free shop I saw the same glasses for $2500 a set....I bought mine in Damamm for $500......

Lew Barrett
07-14-2008, 09:57 PM
....I bought mine in Damamm for $500......

Did you get them from a guy on the street who also had some really sharp prices on "Rolex" watches?:p:D

(I got a good deal on mine, too:))