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Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars

Item# CNON002
 
4.5

(37 Ratings)

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Canon 12x36 II image-stabilizer binoculars will banish image-shake forever. Not only that, but despite surprisingly compact design and low weight, Canon IS binos contain awesome power. Distant objects leap into view with intensity and clarity, and Canon has achieved a generous, 60-degree apparent field of view, allowing users to see more. Doublet field-flattener lenses also deliver beautiful, flat, distortion-free images, so you'll be surprised to see how much power is compressed into the Canon 12x36's compact-but-high-precision optics.


"IS" Image Stabilized Technology
You'll also be surprised at how remarkably steady objects appear. Canon's Image Stabilization (IS) technology is so effective it will seem as if your binoculars are fixed to a rigid support. Within .002 second of being shaken off the optical axis by vibration, the IS mechanism swings into action to correct the incoming light path by precisely the right amount, effectively eliminating hand-shake and deliver a steady view. You can even use these binoculars from a moving vehicle and get steady views!


Beautiful design
Nature lovers will appreciate the low-reflectance exterior and the low-gloss front covers that help avoid disturbing birds and other wildlife. The large IS button is mounted at top and center so it's easily accessible by a finger from either hand, as is the large focusing knob, which has a reassuringly smooth action. Durable, large, rubber covers over the entire objective lens assemblies provide impact resistance. The eyepieces have large rubber eyecups for comfortable, easy viewing, and long eye relief permits users to see the full field of view up to 14.5mm away from the eyepiece lens, ideal for eyeglass-wearers.


Fine features

  • Powerful 12x magnification
  • Image Stabilizer for stable view
  • Lightweight & compact
  • Long, 14.5mm eye-relief
  • Doublet field-flattener lenses for even images
  • Long battery life: 4 hours of continuous operation
  • Easy-to-grip curved surfaces
  • Only lead-free glass used

 

Reputation for Quality
Canon's 12x36 II Image Stabilized binoculars draw on 70 years' experience in precision optics and lens development to deliver bright, high-resolution images. Canon's Super Spectra lens coatings deliver vivid, high-contrast images with accurate color balance, eliminating unwanted internal reflections that cause flare and image wash-out. These quality Image-Stabilized binoculars will give you a lifetime of outstanding service, and you'll be able to pass them along to your grandchildren. They're that durable, and they're that good.

Supplier Sku:
9332A002

Dimensions & Specifications

Dimensions

5.0 x 6.9 x 2.8 in.

Weight

23 oz.

Size

Mid Size Binoculars

Eye Relief

14.5mm

Waterproof

No

Features

Image Stabilized

Magnification

12x

Brand

Canon

Objective Lens Diameter

36mm

Field of View at 1000 Yards

262 ft.

Angular Field of View

5 Degrees

Exit Pupil

3mm

Focus Type

Center Focus

Close Focusing Distance

19.6 ft.

Tripod Adaptable

Yes

Binoculars Series

Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars

Prism Type

Porro Prism Binoculars

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Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

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    (11)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quality lenses (16)
  • Compact (14)
  • Strong construction (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Close focus (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife viewing (19)
    • Bird watching (17)
    • Sporting events/concerts (11)
    • Hunting (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (16), Avid adventurer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing Binoculars

    My wife purchased the Canon 8x25 IS glasses as a gift. I knew anything under 10x would not work well for me so I returned them and ordered the Canon 12x35 IS. I could...Read complete review

    My wife purchased the Canon 8x25 IS glasses as a gift. I knew anything under 10x would not work well for me so I returned them and ordered the Canon 12x35 IS. I could not be happier with a pair of binoculars unless it was the Canon 18x50 IS. The image stabilization works so well that the stronger powers would not be a problem when holding by hand. The construction of these glasses is excellent and the optics are very clean. They come with a nice soft case that is really functional. Like other reviewers have mentioned it would be nice if the front lenses came with covers. This isn't something I would concern myself over If you like looking at great detail that's not jittering all over the place you will love these glasses.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't look up to this one

    Unfortunately you have to hold down the stabilizer for it to work. Other stabilizer's require a touch of the button to stabilize and another touch to release.

    Unfortunately you have to hold down the stabilizer for it to work. Other stabilizer's require a touch of the button to stabilize and another touch to release.

    Reviewed by 37 customers

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    4.0

    Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Bin

    By Shawn

    from NEWPORT,OR

    About Me Professional Guide

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

      Very nice binoculars for the price.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good product at a fair price

      By Dan the Man

      from Cleveland Ohio

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Love the image stabilizat

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Hunting
      • Sporting Events/Concerts
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

      great all purpose binoculars

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good help

      By rum runner

      from Pa

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof
      • Works Well With Glasses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Hunting
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

        This product is used on a large lake to identify dangerous boating/recreational activity. We thentry to cause a behavioral change and make our lake a safe place throughout the summer

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great stabililzer binos

        By Mundo

        from Ketchikan, Alaska

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Hunting
          • Sporting Events/Concerts
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

          I have the 15 and the 18 power Canons and I wanted a smaller pair for the bedroom and these are perfect.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best binoculars

          By Marv the Adventurer

          from Latrobe, Pa.

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent IS
          • Great IS
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

          • No negatives

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

          African Safari

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The Chocolate Teapot!

          By Hamshaw

          from Orlando, Fl

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction
          • Works Well With Glasses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

            These are smashing bino's!. They seem to have a light-gathering capacity equivalent to 7 x 50's on a good day. This is partly due to the improvements in the "Mk2" version, which include far better coatings.
            They image quality is better than my Zeiss 7 x 50's, they also do not need Arnie's neck muscles to carry them about. The earlier Stabilised Bino's used to require a small truck to carry your batteries, and a trained technician to repair them. They are just about perfect at this size for any and every application.
            But make sure you buy at least three pairs because, with no caps for the objectives, those coatings are not going to last very long! The lack of a proper set of retained caps is, for Canon, astonishing. I simply do not know what they were thinking of. For marine applications this alone would point me towards Nikon, in fact, given the fact that the Nikon has absurd controls and, can you believe this? will need to be returned for repair if you turn the stabiliser on with a run-down battery, it's the ONLY thing that would point me towards a Nikon. Canon claim these are not waterproof, and I certainly wouldn't want to keel-haul them, but for any normal application's that might involve them getting moist they'll be fine. They look a little strange, and the geared twin eye position feature is certainly unusual, but for birding in particular they provide a genuine breakthrough in image quality. The doublet field-flatteners in the eyepiece make a great difference to quality in the outer field, and the stab feature (which you will, I promise, use almost constantly) is far less power hungry in the Mk 2's.
            Bottom line? They are, honestly, a better birding binocular than the big Leica's and Swarovski's. And at one quarter the price!. But oh! those blasted end caps! A Binocular without them is about as much use as, you've guessed it, a chocolate teapot!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            4.0

            Canon Binoculars See What Other Miss

            By Recreation Sportsman

            from Traverse City, Mi

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Close Focus
            • Compact
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction
            • Superior stability
            • Works Well With Glasses

            Cons

            • A little too heavy

            Best Uses

            • Hunting
            • Sporting Events/Concerts

            Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

            Top quality magnification. A superior product for the price.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Don't look up to this one

            By Bibby

            from Montecito Ca.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Close Focus
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Sporting Events/Concerts

            Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

            Unfortunately you have to hold down the stabilizer for it to work. Other stabilizer's require a touch of the button to stabilize and another touch to release.

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Stabilization is worth it!

            By Sportbob

            from Chicago

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Works Well With Glasses

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • Sporting Events/Concerts
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

              Image stabilization is great. It works well. I have used them for astronomy, boating, driving in car and watching birds, deer etc. Being expensive and somewhat fragile I wish they came with a hardshell case and front lens covers. I use a spare celestron padded hard case to transport and store them. My only other complaint would be that you have to manually hold down the stabilization button, not a big deal but seems like it would be an easy option to have it lock "on".

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Works as advertised

              By Andrew

              from South Dakota

              About Me Avid Adventurer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hunting
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Canon 12x36mm IS II Image Stabilized Binoculars:

                Good optics - flat across the field of view. Lightweight and easy carry and use. Eliminates most/all hand-shake. Not good enough to steady the view in a car though. Also, it seems the stabilization drops out when holding the binos vertically - this seems to limit their use for astronomy when looking at objects above 45 degrees elevation. Still, better than hand-held binos. [...]

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                Customer Q & A

                Q1: Can these be used like regular binoculars with the stabilizers off until you need them or does the stabilizers have to be on the whole time you are using them? Also is the button an on/off button or is it a timed thing?

                A: Yes, you can use these like normal binoculars without the stabilizer. The stabilizers are activated by an on/off button on the top of the binoculars.

                Q2: How do these compare in height and weight compared to the 10X30 IS model?

                A: The Canon 10x30 IS dimensions are H 2.75 x W 5 x L 5.85 inches and the weight is 22oz. The 12X36IS dimensions are W 5.0 x L 6.9 x H 2.8 and the weight is 23.3 oz.

                Q3: Are the new Canon 10x30IS suitable for a marine environment. Are they water resistant?

                A: The 10X30 IS is weather resistant, rain, sleet, snow, spray from water etc... but not water proof.

                Q4: These binoculars are designated as mark II - how do they differ from the original 12X36?

                A: These differ from the first version in one major way, these are made much smaller and lighter so that they are easier to hold than the first version was. The first was much more bulky so it was very hard to use one handed. they also made some small changes to the optical coatings that were used on the first versions, the new version is quite a bit brighter due to the higher light transmission with the new coating.

                Q5: How can they be best used in astronomy?

                A: Generally the larger the objective lens the better for astronomy but due to the stabilization of the image these are great for astronomy. The best way to use them though is still with a tripod for that though you do not have to.

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