Leupold Yosemite 8×30 Review





Full-size binoculars can be a little bit large for some people particularly the younger users. Leupold Yosemite 8×30 Binoculars not only fit in smaller hands but they also adjust so as to fit smaller interplanetary distances (distance between eyes) of the smaller users. This is a feature which much full-size optics lacks. With both 8x and models available, every person from the youthful users to the experienced adults is assured to enjoy using this great pair of binoculars.

The Leupold Yosemite 8×30 is popular because customers love their unique qualities: Compact, Quality lenses, Waterproof and Lightweight.

Features of the Leupold Yosemite 8×30

What are the features that you must know?

Leupold Yosemite 8×30 Review

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Size, Weight and Design

Yosemite Binoculars are made of high-quality glass prisms and they are fully multi-coated so as to increase light transmission for brighter images. The binoculars measure 4.5 inches from the front-to-back and have a width of 6¼ inches when fully extended. They can fold down to more than 5 inches wide. The Yosemite 8×30 models weighs 1.8 pounds.

Magnification and View

Leupold Yosemite 8×30 numbers provide very important information on these the binoculars. The 8x refers to the magnification provided by this binocular. The 30 is used to refer to the diameter of the objective lenses measured in millimeters. This gives rough estimate of the amount of light that they will admit. With a magnification power of 10x, this binocular offers excellent vision.

What makes Leupold Yosemite 8×30 stand out when compared to the other 10x binoculars is its limited amount of shakiness which is displayed while viewing moving images. Typically, most 10x binoculars will amplify hand movement while viewing these images but this binocular is surprisingly stable.


The focusing knob is large with a rubber coating that has raised ridges so as to provide additional purchase. This makes it easier for the small fingers to also use this binocular. The focus mechanism is quite steeply pitched. The Binoculars can go from the minimum close focus to infinity in around 0.7 turns of its knob.

Having a less distance to travel so as to achieve reasonable focus is a plus in a child’s hands. Yosemite has a minimum close focus of 16 feet. While this isn’t very close focus as compared to modern binocular standards, the binocular has an excellent depth of field that may be of more importance to the young people. The longer eye relief Yosemite is ideal for the users who wear glasses.

Optical Performance

Leupold Yosemite has a fairly impressive optical performance. The color fidelity is good with no discernible bias in colors. The images are also bright and of quality excellent too. Even on the brightly lit objects, the binocular has little color aberration at the center of the field.

Color fringing is also minimal even at the field edges.The pin-cushioning ( the tendency for the straight edges to bow inwards at the edges of a visual field) is also very slight.. To sum it up, the optical performance of leupold Yosemite binocular is excellent.

User Adjustments

In user-adjustable features, everything is basic and simple on the Yosemite. The diopter is usually adjusted using a twist ring that is found on the right ocular. The raised ridge found on the ring usually lines up with a white dot that is located on the ocular tube so as to indicate the position for equal eyes.

In addition the minus and plus signs to either side usually indicate the directions of adjustment. The ring Resist movement stiffly to help hold it in its place. The eyecups can adjusts between 2 positions using a helical counter-clockwise twist so as to raise them for better focusing.

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  • Leupold Yosemite 8×30 is good for both youngsters and the people with narrow set eyes.
  • The binoculars are comfortable for the small hands to hold.
  • The leupold Yosemite 8×30 binoculars are easy to use as they do not involve complex assembly processes.
  • The binoculars are made of great glass thus making them more durable.
  • Leupold Yosemite 8×30 binoculars are lightweight.
  • The binoculars have bright optics that can be used even in low-light conditions.
  • The binoculars are of a good value.


  • The focus knob has backlash and uneven resistance.

Features at a Glance

  • BaK4 Porro Prisms.
  • Fully Multi coated Optics.
  • Center Focus Wheel.
  • Nitrogen-Filled Fog proof/Waterproof.
  • Twist-Up Rubber Eye cups.
  • Rubber Armored Body.

Product Specifications

  • Prism Type – Porro
  • Magnification – 8.0x
  • Objective Lens Diameter – 30mm
  • Angle of View – 7.4° (actual)
  • Field-of-View – 389′ @ 1000yd / 129.15m @ 1000m
  • Minimum Focus Distance – 11′ / 3.35m
  • Eye Relief – 15.5mm
  • Interpupillary Adjustment – 50-70mm / 1.97-2.76″
  • Focus Type – Center
  • Dimensions – 4.5″ / 11.43cm
  • Weight – 17oz / 482g
  • Shipping Weight – 1.8 pounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do these binoculars come with a neck lanyard, carry case and caps?

Q: What is size and weight of these binoculars?

Final Verdict

Leupold clearly made a decision of holding down the cost on minor design issues while ensuring that they provide better quality optics, which they have succeeded very well. While it’s obvious that this binocular was specifically designed for Kids, they are not the only users who love it. The lightweight, compact design and strong optical performances at this low price give Yosemite’s a very broad appeal.

This is a very Great Binocular for a beginner of any age. Incidentally, all properties which make them to be ideal for beginners or kids also make them to be a great binocular for the more elderly users. Indeed, leupold Yosemite 8×30 is a great binocular that you will never regret buying!

Jim Shockey

Jim Shockey is a Canadian outdoor writer, a professional big game outfitter, and television producer and host for many hunting shows.

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