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I have an older pair of 8 x 42 Bushnell Banner Professional Binoculars that were purchased in 1988, Model # 10-8420.  Bushnell was affiliated with Bausch & Lomb at that time.  I believe these binoculars were manufactured in Japan and are roof prism binoculars with the older style roll down eye cups.

In 1988 these binoculars cost $135.00 and were considered to be very good binoculars at that time. 

Does anyone know how these binoculars would compare to binoculars today, or what an equivalent brand and model might give the same performance?
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The big difference in your Banner and today's better mid price roof is that the modern versions are phase corrected.  That didn't happen at the mid price level until the Pentax DCF WP in 1995.  In 1998 only roofs from Leica and Zeiss were phase corrected.
There are any number of options in today's market.  One is to stay Bushnell and get a Legend Ultra HD.  Another is the Zen Ray ZRS HD or the Vortex Diamondback.
Actually the list could go on for a ways, there is almost anything in the $2-300 range that will likely beat the pants of the Banner.  What sort of uses and what sort of budget?
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