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Image stabilization

Post by ralph124cf » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:00 pm

We are planning a cruise this summer that recommends binoculars. With age, our hands get a little shaky, so I was looking at image stabilized binoculars. The price goes from about $400 up to $10,000. This is more than I am interested in paying for a limited use item.

Are there any image stabilization solutions that use a smart phone and a lens?

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Re: Image stabilization

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Re: Image stabilization

Post by ralph124cf » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:10 pm

climber2020 wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:06 pm
One other option is to rent: https://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon- ... -binocular
Interesting. I never knew such a thing was available.

Thanks.

Ralph

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Re: Image stabilization

Post by DSInvestor » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:12 pm

Have you tried regular binoculars at all? The higher the magnification, the less stable the image will be. Maybe stick with binoculars that have 8X magnification.
Something like these:
- Nikon Prostaff 3S 8x42 ($119) https://www.rei.com/product/107213/niko ... binoculars
- Nikon Prostaff 7S 8x42 ($189) https://www.rei.com/product/877624/niko ... binoculars
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Re: Image stabilization

Post by Gort » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:14 pm

Lensrentals is excellent! I would rent from them rather than buying an expensive pair of binoculars.

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Re: Image stabilization

Post by Watty » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:14 pm

It has been a while since I looked into but there are all sorts of considerations to consider if you wear eyeglasses.

A quick search found this web site but there is a lot more information available.

https://www.birdwatching.com/optics/edu ... elief.html

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Re: Image stabilization

Post by lthenderson » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:04 am

My zoom lens on my SLR Canon has image stabilization so I just look through my camera. The obvious advantage is that it is easy to go ahead and take a picture if desired. It certainly cost a fraction of $10,000.

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Re: Image stabilization

Post by TN_Boy » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:32 am

DSInvestor wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:12 pm
Have you tried regular binoculars at all? The higher the magnification, the less stable the image will be. Maybe stick with binoculars that have 8X magnification.
Something like these:
- Nikon Prostaff 3S 8x42 ($119) https://www.rei.com/product/107213/niko ... binoculars
- Nikon Prostaff 7S 8x42 ($189) https://www.rei.com/product/877624/niko ... binoculars
The trouble with those binoculars is -- aside from the modest magnification -- is that based on the size, I suspect they are not very bright.

Binoculars are a little like cameras .... when you want to look at wildlife or things far away, you want magnification and you want brightness.

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Re: Image stabilization

Post by TN_Boy » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:33 am

ralph124cf wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:10 pm
climber2020 wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:06 pm
One other option is to rent: https://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon- ... -binocular
Interesting. I never knew such a thing was available.

Thanks.

Ralph
I think the suggestion to rent a good pair of binoculars is a very very good one.

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Re: Image stabilization

Post by DSInvestor » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:58 pm

TN_Boy wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:32 am
DSInvestor wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:12 pm
Have you tried regular binoculars at all? The higher the magnification, the less stable the image will be. Maybe stick with binoculars that have 8X magnification.
Something like these:
- Nikon Prostaff 3S 8x42 ($119) https://www.rei.com/product/107213/niko ... binoculars
- Nikon Prostaff 7S 8x42 ($189) https://www.rei.com/product/877624/niko ... binoculars
The trouble with those binoculars is -- aside from the modest magnification -- is that based on the size, I suspect they are not very bright.

Binoculars are a little like cameras .... when you want to look at wildlife or things far away, you want magnification and you want brightness.
The binoculars I listed above are not compact models like Nikon's trailblazer 8x25 which are not as bright. 8x42 lets in much more light than 8x25. There are other options like 10x42 in the Prostaff 3S and 7S models that offer a little more magnification there's a trade off in stability if one has trouble holding them steady.
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