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I want to get some binoculars as a gift for a child.

I was thinking max of $100.00

I see some Steiner 8x22 Champs, I see other new ones (Sightron S1 10x25).  I havent looked through all new ones.

I also see on samplelist Leo 10x30 BX-1 and Pentax 12x50 XCF.


Where do we fit glasswise with Leo vs Steiner vs Pentax vs Sightron?

What would you recommend?

If this was a scope, I think the answer would be the Steiner, then the Leo, not so sure on Binos.


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Leupold Yosemite.
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I'd consider something like the

It's a little more expensive, but an 8x22 is really only usable in bright daylight.

Another option (and with rebate $87):

Since 8x42 is a common size, getting them used to this form factor will be good if they upgrade later in life.
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The Leupold Yosemite was designed for the Leupold Project manager's own kids.  It is the only choice.  A little more expensive, but kid friendly is the Pentax Papilio. 

Do the kid a favor and stay far far away from cheap binoculars with small objective diameters.  Extend the favor by not getting them an adult binocular they will grow into. When they need another binocular is the time to get and adult sized one.  If they learn to use one properly, one they can use properly, early on they will benefit greatly as they get older.

It is critical to get a binocular that matches their kid sized pupil distance.  The Yosemite excels here.  Go with the 6x30.  The extra depth of focus is easier for a kid to learn and they will find it easier to use.
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The Yosemite would probably be best, but I don't recall even my youngest complaining at all when we viewed the lunar eclipse recently through some Nikon ATB 8x42s. But then, maybe they don't know what they were missing. 
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

The Leupold Yosemite was designed for the Leupold Project manager's own kids.  It is the only choice.  A little more expensive, but kid friendly is the Pentax Papilio. 

Do the kid a favor and stay far far away from cheap binoculars with small objective diameters.  Extend the favor by not getting them an adult binocular they will grow into. When they need another binocular is the time to get and adult sized one.  If they learn to use one properly, one they can use properly, early on they will benefit greatly as they get older.

It is critical to get a binocular that matches their kid sized pupil distance.  The Yosemite excels here.  Go with the 6x30.  The extra depth of focus is easier for a kid to learn and they will find it easier to use.


So you are saying 6x30 over 10x30 for best benefit?


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6x should have larger fov and focus on objects that are closer.
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Originally posted by HKtoTikka<br><br>So you are saying 6x30 over 10x30 for best benefit?<br>
[/QUOTE HKtoTikka

So you are saying 6x30 over 10x30 for best benefit?
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YES, YES, YES Smile

I sometimes wonder where the idea that more magnification is automatically better came from.  In some cases maybe, but NOT for a kids first binocular.  You will likely be personally amazed at how useful and good those Yosemite 6x are.
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Done, I changed from the samplelist 10x30 to the 6x30 after talking/confirming it with Skylar.

I thought that was what you meant.

Of course I originally ordered the 10x30, thinking value.
Then I re read your post.
Then I said he knows what he is talking about and I don't.
Then I called Skylar, confirmed and changed the order.
Then I found out I could save shipping, since it's getting lumped in with my 2nd Black Friday order (Monday).




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