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For those in the know, how do the new series Leo 6X yosemites compare to the previous models?
 
Looks like maybe eye relief has changed.
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I'll take this as a pass on the leos, so I'll look for other brands.
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My wife has the 8x and I really like them.  They don't compare to my Swarovski's at dusk and dawn but they are definatley a great buy for around $100.
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Originally posted by perterra perterra wrote:

I'll take this as a pass on the leos, so I'll look for other brands.


I don't know that you should take the lack of response to your question as a reason to "pass on the leos."  After all, you are asking a fairly narrow-focused question that presumes that someone will have had occasion to compare the two basically identical models. 

I own two 6x Yosemites (well, technically my sons own them) and think that they are fabulous.   I simply don't have any cause to buy more for a comparison as the ones we have work perfectly.  So too, stores carrying the Yosemite don't generally carry both the older and newer versions so an in-store comparison isn't possible either. 

If you're looking for a low-cost, high-performance, semi-compact binocular, the Yosemite should be on your short list.  Whether they are the same as or better than the original model is purely an academic exercise.


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Understood, I tried a pair of originals but other things got in the way of the buy, then when I start to buy they have changed. The originals were pretty dog gone good and rated pretty highly by everyone who looked through a pair. The new ones, theres not a peep about them, it ;eads me to think they may not be such a deal.
 
I'm looking for a cheap pair to keep behind the seat of the truck, been using a old pair of nikon sprints that have held up for 15 years but I'm tired of the eye relief.
 
I'll wait around and maybe look at Vortex if I dont hear any more about the Leupolds
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I have just looked at the new Yosemite from the store.  I can't say they have significantly improved the new ones, but they sure as the world didn't hurt them any as far as I can see.  I see no reason at all to dissuade anybody from buying the new ones with any expectation other than you are getting a whale of a good binocular for practically nothing.  The new ones are a little more expensive than the originals, I suppose partly due to general price increase or from whatever improvements they may have done.  The ones I looked at were $109 for the 6x and $119 for the 8x, still peanuts for what you get.
 
I still have the 6x original Yosemite and the Vortex Raptor, so frankly, the new ones have sort of been off the radar.


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I really wanted the 6X for the reason they were so eye friendly in the store, low enough power that they arent all jiggly.

 
If you dont mind, how would you say they compare to the Raptors (either old or new leupolds)?
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By the way, thanks for the reply. I've been put on hold again (heat pump died) but I got to get off dead center and get it done. The sprints are leaving little rings on my glasses. Big Grin
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Originally posted by perterra perterra wrote:

I really wanted the 6X for the reason they were so eye friendly in the store, low enough power that they arent all jiggly.  

If you dont mind, how would you say they compare to the Raptors (either old or new leupolds)?
You pretty much nailed the appeal of the 6x Yosemite.  A lot of people will automatically assume that 6x just lacks too much.  Honestly, it was my initial reaction to their announcement as well.  Just like me, lots of people found them to be way more useful than we ever thought they would be.  A good cheap binocular for the kids that the adults will like too.
 
The Raptor looks for all the world the same thing as the Yosemite.  The only difference being that the Raptors with their 32mm objective have somewhat longer barrels than the Yo.  I tend to think the image goes ever so slightly to the Raptor, mostly (and this  may be just my eyes) because it starts to show some slight increase in image size with the 6.5x vs the 6x.  On the other hand, I think the Yo at 8x is a little brighter than the Raptor at 8.5x.  Both the 6x and 6.5x versions are brighter and have a more comfortable image than either the 8x or 8.5x big brothers.  However, the differences are pretty slight and I honestly don't know if I would have seen much difference without a side by side.  Ergonomically, the Raptor may be a better fit for larger hands.


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Thanks, you have answered my concerns, Gonna have to raid my rathole of money but if I fool around much longer they may be even higher.
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