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Canon 15x50 IS AW Binoculars

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  • 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


Canon 15x50 IS AW


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  • Canon 15x50 IS AW


When you think about binoculars the quality of the optics is always paramount, however regardless of the optical quality if you can’t hold the binocular steady the image quality will suffer. Canon have designed a range of binoculars which combines quality optics with hi-tech electronics allowing previously unusable magnifications to be hand held.

So whether you’re after high magnifications without the need of a tripod or if your hands aren’t as steady as they used to be take a look at the Canon IS range & there will be a model to suit your needs.

Designed for professionals and uncompromising enthusiasts, this high-magnification binoculars incorporate innovative technologies that set a new standard of performance.

The 15x50IS AW is unique among high-magnification binoculars because they incorporate Canon remarkable Optical Image Stabilizer technology. Proven highly effective in Canon video camcorders and professional lenses, this revolutionary system employs a novel Vari- Angle Prism that instantly and continuously makes adjustments to maintain a steady image.

With Canon Optical Image Stabilizer, you can enjoy the resolving power of these binoculars without a tripod. You can even use them from within moving vehicles. Their shake-free performance not only enhances your ability to view fine detail but also reduces eye strain and fatigue.

The IS series feature eyepiece lenses with a unique Doublet Field Flattener, which dramatically reduces 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 results in long eye relief, which enables eyeglass wearers to view the entire field without vignetting.

Canon superior optical engineering also provides unusually wide apparent field-of view. This is particularly important in high magnification binoculars as it makes it easier to locate your desired subject.

Magnification (x) 15
Objective Diameter (mm) 50
Exit Pupil (mm) 3.3
Real Field of View 4.5°
Apparant Field of View 67° Wide
Field of View at 1000 m 79
Closest Focussing Distance (m) +/- 6
Eye Relief (mm) 15
Prism Porro Prism II
Objective Lens (G2-G4) Movement Yes
Image Stabilizer Yes
Field Flattener Lens Double Field Flattener
UD Lens Yes
Rubber Coating All weather - Usable in heavy rain
Water Resistance Yes
Super Spectra Multicoating Yes
Weight (excl. batteries) 1,200 g
Width (mm) 152
Height (mm) 193
Depth (mm) 81

Almost everybody who has ever used binoculars at sporting events or concerts has experienced how much the images shake, and you feel that the binoculars are useless. The main complaint of users has been image shake. The higher the magnification, the larger the image shake. In general, any binoculars with over 10x magnification should not be used for a long time. The best solution in the past was to use a tripod. However, tripods are bulky and can't be used everywhere. Even if you need a pair of binoculars of over 10x magnification for bird watching, the most you would want to use since you walk around a lot would be something of 7x or 8x magnification.

Canon is the worlds first maker to use an active optical image stabilizer for IS series. Because two Vari-Angle Prisms are controlled by a microprocessor, hand shake is eliminated. As a result, even with over 10x magnification, a tripod is not needed. And they can even be used while viewing from a moving car or train! In addition to the light weight, there is no eye strain to make you tired, so it is possible to use these binoculars for a long time.

The image quality around the edges is a very important point to look at when selecting binoculars. If binoculars with inferior image quality are used for an extended period of time, the user will tire easily and may even become sick. The IS series use the worlds first doublet field-flattener lens. This is Canons exclusive optical design with two field-flattener lenses, lenses which are normally reserved for high-grade binoculars. By using two lenses, Canon has achieved a wide field of view of 67° (12x36 IS, 15x50 IS ALL WEATHER, 18x50 IS ALL WEATHER), with unrivaled sharpness.

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