Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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degsy
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Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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I've had a pair of these for a few months now and am generally very pleased with them, however during some preparation I noticed that there was a noticeable amount of chromatic aberration / colour fringing when looking at high contrast objects such as a bird on a wire against a daytime sky.

My questions really are : does anyone else own this model and have any experience of this ? Also, am I being a bit fussy and maybe should expect some fringing on extreme contrast like that ? I might expect it on lower end binoculars, but these were £400.

Any comments/help appreciated.
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Re: Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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Derek.
I have had the Canon Mk II 10x30 IS for several months.
This example has the best stabilisation of all the many Canon IS I have used.
They vary sample to sample.

Your £400 was an absolute bargain if it is as good as mine.

The new 10x32 IS is currently £1299.
I don't know if the 10x30s will be dropped.

The CA is perfectly reasonable. They don't have L glass.
The very steady, high resolution image shows aberrations more easily.

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David
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Re: Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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Thanks, that's interesting.

These are the ones I bought :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1

I found this discussion on Cloudynights :

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/5697 ... for-astro/

Seems like there are some very differing opinions about these binoculars, including CA experiences.

You may have a good point about the CA being more obvious when stabilised. As you say, the stabilisation is very good. I'll assess them again over the weekend.
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Re: Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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As you will know David, there are electronically stabilised binoculars and mechanically stabilised ( using an internal gyroscope ) that Ziess and the Russians have produced.
Do you know if the latter need batteries to activate the gyroscope? Or is there some sort of windup spring mechanism, like in the old Edison phonographs?
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Re: Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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Brian.
The Zeiss use a magnet. No batteries. Mechanical.
There is a Russian one 50mm aperture but only effective 35mm as the stabiliser moves the part of the objective used. Mechanical no battery.
Then a Russian military crazy giroscope one that takes about a minute to get up to orbital speed. 4 (or 8??) batteries from memory. Sounds like demented foxes at night.
Something similar used by British military maybe rebranded name.
Fujinon 4 batteries?
Nikon batteries.
Bushnell 10x35, batteries.

There are also gyroscope platforms. I suppose using batteries for cameras? or binoculars?

Then several monoculars using batteries. Opticron and others.

Williamson medium format hand held camera uses a spring wind. Later Agiflite electric I think.
Leningrad camera spring wound.
Robot camera spring wound plus many other sprung wound camera different formats.
None stabilised jut use motor springs.

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Just to complete the story - I couldn't persuade myself that the amount of CA was acceptable, so sent them back. I'd had them 7 months but Amazon accepted the return with no quibble and refunded the money straight away.
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Re: Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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Thanks David for the interesting information. If you want binoculars for astronomy Derek, you'd be better off with 8X40 or 10X50 bins, as they collect more light and give a brighter image
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Re: Canon IS II 10x30 Binoculars

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I agree about 8x40 and 10x50 bins over expensive stabilised ones with smaller effective apertures - certainly for astronomy. And, you know for 30 to 50mm bins you can adapt to and tolerate the lack of stabilisation, up to point, when hand held. I routinely make my brighter variable star estimates in seconds simply with hand held bins in this class. If I want more stability I rest my elbows against a solid structure, eg the edge of the hut roof, and I can use 15x70s in that manner too. Obviously prolonged views demand a steady platform, but patience and practice will make ordinary 8x40s serviceable. Kind thoughts bob.
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