Markedly superior (brighter, warmer, sharper) views relative to my trusty 10-year-old Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42. However, check your binocular as soon as you receive it to confirm the close focus limit, because the first Midas 8x42 that arrived had a >3m close focus point, so we returned it. We're going to give Athlon the benefit of the doubt, because we love the two pairs we have. If they have significant issues in the short-term, we'll adjust this review...Update 10/31/2019: Although I still enjoy using the Athlon Midas 8x42, I find myself preferring my >10-year-old Nikon Monarch 8x42. Update 12/2019: The binocular strap broke the other day, from the plastic attachment to one side of the instrument.