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Fujinon Techno Stabi TS1440-14x40 Image Stabilization Binocular
- Phase Coated
- Center Focus
- Fogproof; Waterproof
- 4 × AA type alkaline batteries
- 5 Degree of stabilization
- Phase Coated
- Center Focus
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If you're on the fence, buy these, you won't be sorry. The pelican case and floating straps are a plus. You'll still want to order 49mm polarized filters and lens caps because those don't come with the deal, which I was sort of surprised about, still great set of binos especially in a moving vehicle or boat. Buy them, you won't be sorry.
Don't hesitate just buy them.
Buy them .. buy them now.
With the 14X magnification, I can see MUCH more than with the 7X50 Steiners and the image is stable. It's not even CLOSE. Twice the magnification AND you get a steady image vs. traditional 7X50 marine binoculars. If you need to read a marker, see a boat or spot a whale, these are the best deal going. 10mm less objective diameter would make you think they'd be less effective in the dark, but the stabilizing system more than makes up for it. Use these and you can't go back to ANY pair of binocular and I say that after using some of the best made. This is top technology paired with solid optics. (Sidenote: These are superior to the Canon versions, which use a system that results in a slightly softer image.)
Downsides? They're not light, but neither are any good binoculars. They're also less comfortable to hold vs. normal designs. For extended storage, remove batteries. Front elements can take a filter, but probably not required. The floating strap is okay and the Pelican style case is nice. For sailors...absolutely the best thing to have on board. We went sailing with these and everyone loves them. Don't try them or you'll have to buy them. They completely best every other binocular behind.
So, i figured there had been time for improvement, and I'd try a different brand. Plus the Canon burns thru batteries, so let's try something else.
No. Wrong. Bad. Stupid.
These are far larger than the canon. Very bulky and uncomfortable to hold.
They are far heavier.
And, when you go to lock the gyro, it doesn't just lock, it jumps somewhere, and then back again to near where you had it, but not on it. So you have to move back to what you were looking at.
And, most of the time, although not always, the image drifts in some random direction for a little bit, and you just have to wait that out, then move back onto target once again, and hope it doesn't do its little jitter walk again.
The image is clear and sharp, but that is a requirement, and canceled by the other problems which I hate.
So do yourself a favor, spend a couple more dollars for the greatly superior Canon, and don't make the mistake that I won't be making ever again.
And no, I am not compensated nor communicate with Canon at all. I do like their stabilized binoculars, except the that heavy battery consumption problem.
UPDATE: a month or so later, it is far worse. Absolutely useless now, as when I want a lock, it jumps far off, locks, relocks somewhere else, and does that several times before settling down at some random location.
AND they raised the price by 200+ dollars for them?
Very poor, buy Cannon instead, you'll be happier!
After reading other reviews I was expecting it to be really heavy but it's actually quite OK to hold up for longer times.
These are very well built binoculars but, as a result, are, as others have commented, a bit heavier than what one might expect but not so much that you won't want to use them. They feel very substantial in the hand.
In my personal use, I have used them at sea, on land observing wildlife, and into the night sky. Looking at a full moon wth the stabilization is truly a breath taking experience. Such great detail!
My only critique would be in regards to the lack of objective lens caps that I wish would have been part of the package.
My bottom line...the Fujinon Techno-Stabi Binoculars are the best binoculars I have ever found and in spite of the high price, they are worth every cent I paid. The Stabilization System makes a huge difference in how effective they are in any application.