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Old Thursday 1st March 2007, 00:43   #1
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Leupold 6x30 Yosemite (pic added)

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Old Thursday 1st March 2007, 03:02   #2
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Originally Posted by oleaf

Just received a set of Leupold 6x30 Yosemite’s for my daughter. Right from the beginning I was impressed… from the packaging to the case to the strap (which is a very nice soft neoprene.)

The only other binoculars I have to compare against are my Audubon Equinox HP’s which I consider to be a nice set of glasses for the price.

OK… so, the 6x30’s are as bright, a little sharper, are just as neutral (these had no color bias or cast that I could see) and have much more forgiving DOF. My daughter is 9 and we always head down to the CT River to eagle spot.
I think these will be just right. Lightweight too! In hand they honestly feel like a $250 pair of binos… and I think they actually have optics equal to this price range as well!

These have a very small interpupil distance when closed down, one of the main reasons I decided to get these.

After trying them in the woods for a couple hours I am placing another order tomorrow for myself.

These were the red versions. Although they are described as red they are more like deep terracotta color… very nice and a break from the ubiquitous sage green, black, grey, etc.

I’ll try to post photos next to the Equinox if anyone wants to see size comparison.

Best part… B&H has them for $79 for the red and $89 for black.

These little glasses are very impressive.


I second that. I have owned a pair for several months now - my very first pair of binoculars!. I had gone to the store to buy a pair of Nikon Monarch 8x42s but after seeing how well the Leupold stood up against the Monarch in terms of sharpness, brightness and build and noting the price difference (> $150), I ended up buying them. I have been very happy with their performance in day-to-day use, even when the light is low, though sometimes I wish I had more magnification (but I guess that will be true regardless of how much magnification I have at hand ).

The only concern I have had is the recent appearance of some kind of spots (like those left by water drops drying up) on the lenses. I haven't been able to clean them and I guess they have something to do with fogging inside -though the glasses are supposed to be water and fog proof (I think they are nitrogen purged - not sure). I haven't noticed any difference in performance though but that might just be my inexperience. Any advice on this would be helpful.

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