Delta Optical Titanium 8x42
In March 2011 another 8x56 ROH model with Schmidt-Pechan roof prisms, was launched and five months later – two Porro 8x42 and 10x42 instruments joined in.
As you see the Titanium series is very diversified, including both Porro and roof prism pairs of binoculars which are not alike when it comes to the appearance and optical parameters. Currently in this line-up you can find a quite tight group of Porro devices, similar when it comes to their design and parameters (8x42, 10x42, 7x50, 8x56,8x56 ED, 10x56, 9x63 models) and the Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROH which sticks out noticeably because it features different prism and casing.
The 8x42 model, tested here, is a classic Porro construction with popular parameters. According to the producer it is supposed to guarantee a great image quality for an affordable price. It boasts efficient Porro prisms made of high quality BaK-4 glass, good coatings which ensure the transmission level on one air-to-glass surface amounts to 99.5% and is 93% for the whole instrument. Additionally all the optical parts are put inside a solid, aluminum casing which is waterproof and nitrogen-filled. Buyers get a set of caps, two straps, a cleaning cloth for optics and a sturdy, hard case in the box. This model comes with a five-year warranty.
- well controlled astigmatism,
- slight chromatic aberration in the field centre,
- very well corrected distortion,
- sensibly corrected coma,
- low brightness loss on the edge of the field of view,
- good colour rendering,
- good quality of prisms and coatings,
- correct blackening of the inner tubes,
- good price/quality ratio.
- significant chromatic aberration on the edge of the field of view,
- slightly truncated exit pupils,
- inconsistent specifications concerning the field of view.
Porro prism pairs of binoculars from the Titanium series have already managed to accustom us to their good performance and a very good price/quality ratio. The 8x56 ED model, which scored as many as 132.2 points, fared the best. Binoculars without ED glass performed a bit worse but still they were good - for example the 8x56 model was given 125.9 points and the 7x50 model got 118.3 points. The instrument with 8x42 parameters had a result of 122.8 points which made it fit well the trend set by the whole Titanium line-up.
Olympus EXPS I 8x42 and Delta Optical Titanium 8x42
Still you should remember we deal here with a cheap pair of binoculars produced in China. There are no miracles in either optics or mechanics so at this price point you must expect some shortcuts here and there. You can notice them looking, say, at the shape of exit pupils, the correction of chromatic aberration on the edge of the field of vision, a bit too low transmission level for a Porro instrument or the external design. There is no accounting for tastes so perhaps there are people who actually like the look of the DOT 8x42; we, however, do not belong to that group to put it mildly.
The company once again didn’t avoid some confusion concerning the field of view. You have an inscription on the binoculars informing that it amounts to 7.5 degrees. On the site of the producer they say ‘128 by 1000 meters’ so 7.3 degrees. The field, measured by us, was 7.26 degrees. Still, our complaints end here. The binoculars don’t have any serious slip-up which is really a great achievement at this price point. What’s more, they correct most of basic optical aberrations well or very well. The field, although not described in a consistent way, is decently big – almost one degree wider than the field of another Porro device with the same parameters, the Olympus EXPS I 8x42. However, still it can’t compare to the field of the Nikon Action EX 8x40.
If you take into account a 5-year warranty period, given by a company which has been present on the Polish marked for more than a dozen years, a rich accessory kit, the fact that this instrument is fully waterproof, nitrogen-filled and its price is really affordable, it would be difficult to complain about anything at all.