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I received a pair of Leupold Yosemite 6x30 binoculars from SWFA on Friday.  I'd read lots of very positive reviews and recommendations and decided to try a pair. 

They are reasonably light and small.  They aren't shirt-pocket compacts, but they would be easy to carry all day.  Honestly, I was doubtful about the usefulness of 6x, but people had lots of great things to say about them.  I'm glad I took a chance on them.  They have very good resolution - I could see craters on the moon easily - and they are bright too - I was surprised at the detail I could see at dusk and at night. They are also easy to hand hold. They'll be very good for hunting in thick woods.  I'll also be comfortable leaving the Yosemites in my glove box since it won't be a huge hit if they're stolen. I have no doubt the Vortex 6x30's Koshkin reviewed are very fine and I'd love to see a pair, but the Yosemites are surprisingly useful and a very strong value at $79. 
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Many good things have been said about the yosemites, including what you just added.
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Originally posted by TexasPhotog TexasPhotog wrote:

 I'll also be comfortable leaving the Yosemites in my glove box since it won't be a huge hit if they're stolen.
 
 
One of the easiest ways to Destroy a good binocular is to leave it in the glove box, all the time, especially during HOT temperatures. Flame 
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They're noy just useful for hunting in thick woods. I carried a 6x30 Yosemite while on a grizzly hunt in Alaska last fall, and the little glass worked fine for spotting bears up to 2 miles awayt. Of course, a big dark bear is easily spotted in open country, but the Yosemite certainly wasn't a handicap when glassing--and it's light weight was a real plasure when hiking tundra or climbing hills.
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There are lots of posts like yours.  It is a pretty typical reaction.  Conversely I don't think I have ever seen a really negative post about them.  Your reaction was just like mine.  6X?  $80? Yeah right.  Yeah rightSmile!  Well I gave mine to my nephew's wife yesterday.  Her reaction was pretty much like yours.  She also likes the idea they could adjust to her IPD. 
 
I have a Vortex Raptor 6.5x32 that will replace it.  Actually, she had the choice between the Vortex and the Leupold.
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Guys, I bought my wife a pair of 8x30 for Christmas and when she got them I did some glassing through them from inside the house across the fields.  I couldn't believe how clear and bright they were for their size and the cost.  I was really impressed and I've decided to buy myself a pair to go with my Swarovski 7x42s.  A really good buy for the money.  A+
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I'll be picking up a pair in 8x30 as well.  I spent about an hour comparing them with the Acadia, Mesa, Cascades and various Nikons.  The Yosemite series is a tremendous value for the price.

The two Steiners I looked through weren't even close, I was quite disappointed given their reputation and cost.  Just for fun I also looked through the Swarovski EL and SLC.  All I can say is wow...
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Originally posted by TexasPhotog TexasPhotog wrote:

I received a pair of Leupold Yosemite 6x30 binoculars from SWFA on  I'll also be comfortable leaving the Yosemites in my glove box since it won't be a huge hit if they're stolen. 
 
Don't. The optical elements are glued in the body with epoxy activated by light and deactivated by heat. 
 
I also like the Yosemites 6x30 and 8x30. I use the 6x30 more often, for hunting and observation. Also great, bright, stable view when at sea.
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Has to Simply be the best binocular value today.   
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Bought my dad a pair of 8x for Christmas after much research.  He turned around and bought me a pair for my birthday last week.  Now a buddy of mine loves them. (but he wants something smaller).  Its contagious!   I paid $95 for my 8x in the burnt brown color. 
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Between the 6x30 and 8x30 Yosemite, i prefer the 6x30. It is sharper and brighter, the colors are more vivid and natural to my eyes, the field of view is wider and flatter, and the binos work much better in low light.
 
It does take a while to get used to the smaller images produced by the 6x magnification, but all the details are there.
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I'm looking at buying a pair of these soon...
 
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I think it is time to bring this one back to the top.  I too have purchased the 6x30 Yosemite from SWFA, and just wanted you to know that they are a great pick.  I have not owned a 6x power optic and have seen the reviews, and they are correct.  These are just such a nice choice,  the nice small size, great view from edge to edge, and this is a nice one to have.
So if any of you are looking for another bin. under $100, these are a great pick.
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