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Binoculars review

2012-01-24 14:20:22

Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROH

The Porro prism Delta Optical Titanium pair of binoculars has succeed on the market without any doubts. The combination of good quality optics and an affordable price made plenty of people buy this instrument. It turned out a large group of customers interested in the 8x56 model didn’t want to own a wide and huge Porro prism device but wouldn’t say ‘no’ to a more handy roof prism model.

The Delta Optical company decided to accommodate these needs and offer a handy roof prism 8x56 model which, being not much more expensive, has similar optical properties. However, they didn’t follow the line of least resistance - they didn’t simply order something from a wide range of readily available models offered by Chinese plants and sold that under their own brand name. They chose a much more difficult process of ordering a project of a completely new equipment which, as a caseless prototype, came to Poland for preliminary tests. These tests showed some flaws which should have been eliminated in the final product. At the same time an outer binoculars casing was designed in Poland. Finally the company could influence the optical construction and the appearance of the new model of binoculars.

The device doesn’t deserve to be called „made in Poland” yet but it was certainly designed in our country and the producer boasts of that on the casing.

The binoculars are a small, handy roof prism Schmidt-Pechan instrument. The reflecting surface is supposed to be covered by enriched aluminum coatings. Apart from that all air-to-glass surfaces are multicoated.

The buyer gets objectives caps, joined eyepiece caps, a strap and a hard case in the box. The binoculars come with a 5-year guarantee.

Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROHDelta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROHDelta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROHDelta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROH
Manufacturer:
Delta Optical
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Distribution / Sales:
Delta Optical
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ul. Nowe Osiny Piękna 1
05-300 Mińsk Mazowiecki
 
Basic parameters:
Magnification Lens diameter Angular field of view Prisms Eye relief Weight Price
8x 56mm 119/1000(6.8o) BaK-4/roof 24 mm 990g 999PLN
More information about this product

Results of the review

Real front lens diameter Left:   55.95+/- 0.05mm
Right:  55.92+/- 0.05mm
8/8.0
Real magnification 7.84+/- 0.1x 3/3.0
Transmission 87.9+/- 1% 12/15.0
Chromatic aberration Medium in the centre, a bit higher than medium on the edge. 3.9/10.0
Astigmatism Medium. 5/10.0
Distortion The distance of the first curved line from the field centre compared to the field of view radius:: 67% +\- 4%. 8/10.0
Coma Appears quite quickly because in the distance of 60% of the field radius and on the very edge is on the borderline between medium and high. 5.5/10.0
Blurring at the edge of the FOV The blur occurs in the distance of 85% +\- 4% from the field centre. 7/10.0
Darkening at the edge the FOV Not very bothersome. 4/5.0
Whiteness of the image Very flat in the red, yellow and green part of the spectrum, a significant decrease (more than a dozen percent) for blue and purple light. 3.8/5.0
Collimation Perfect. 5/5.0
Internal reflections
Left: Right:
Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROH - Internal reflections - Left Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROH - Internal reflections - Right
A bit too light area near the pupils.
3.4/5.0
Housing Small and very compact. It looks more like a 50 mm instrument than a 56 mm one. At the same time very comfortable to hold and to look through. Ergonomic. Rubber eyecups with four stops. Some grease near the eyecups and the joins of the tubes. The rubber near objectives sticks out showing aluminum parts partially scratched with patches of paint. Nothing creaks and nothing bends under pressure, though. 6/8.0
Focusing Medium size central wheel which moves easy but which is slightly uneven. The full turn takes 580 degrees. Individual focusing done by a comfortable ring on the right eyepiece which moves the outer element. It’s rather stiff though. 4/5.0
Tripod It is situated on the front of the binoculars, far from the centre of mass and in a very inaccessible place. 1.5/3.0
Interpupilary distance from 60.7 to 74.8mm 4/6.0
Closest focusing distance 1.45 m. 2/2.0
Eyepieces FOV Apparent field of view of 52.4 degrees. 5/10.0
Field of view Measured by us amounted to 6.68 +\- 0.04 degrees and it was a tiny bit narrower than the field stated in the specifications. Quite a good field for such a class of equipment. 6.5/8.0
Quality of the interior of the barrels Inner tubes black, matt, partially baffled. The bottom is dark but a bit scratched. Clean. 4.5/5.0
Vignetting
Left: Right:
Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROH - Vignetting - Left Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 ROH - Vignetting - Right
OL: 0.59%, OR: 0.74%.
6/8.0
Prisms quality Good class BaK-4. 8/8.0
Antireflection coatings Greenish-blue on objectives, green on eyepieces, greenish- purple on prisms. Medium intensity. 4.5/5.0
Warranty [years] 5 3.5/6.0
Final result 124.1/170
73%
Econo result 0pkt.
 

Summary


Pros:
  • very small, handy casing,
  • good transmission,
  • low distortion,
  • sharp image in the most of field of view,
  • correct colour rendering,
  • good blackening inside the tubes,
  • good quality of coatings and prisms,
  • not very bothersome brightness loss on the edge of the field,
  • sharp image already in the distance of less than 1.5 meters.

Cons:
  • chromatic aberration is a bit too high.


Let’s start with comparing the tested binoculars to their more expensive rivals which are equally handy and small. The following chart will make it easier. Even near other “dwarves” in the 8x56 class the Delta remains the smallest and, along with the Conquest, physically the lightest. What’s important the Titanium also features the widest field of view of all instruments in this group!

Let’s glance on a comparison to other roof prism binoculars from a similar price/quality segment – you can find it presented in the next chart. Once again the compactness and low weight of the Delta are conspicuous. It’s worth noticing though that it stopped being the leader of the field of view category because the Eschenbach has a bigger field than the device tested here.

The photo below shows the Delta next to the Steiner Night Hunter Xtreme 8x56 – a Porro pair of binoculars which belongs to the group of smaller devices in this equipment class.


Delta Optical Titanium 8x56 (left) and Steiner Night Hunter 8x56 Xtreme (right).

Let’s start with the flaws perhaps. The biggest flaw, but not an especially serious one, is, in our opinion, the chromatic aberration. Small dimensions of the binoculars forced the usage of a fast objective lens which didn’t manage to correct that aberration completely. Its level is perhaps not huge but in the centre of the image its influence is noticeably and, in some situations, even annoying.

We can carp a bit about the build quality. There is too much grease near eyepieces and in the joints of tubes, the edges of the metal casing close to objectives are scratched. The binoculars make an impression of a very solid instrument for a change, it is very well blackened and we haven’t noticed much dirt inside.

The transmission, as you can see on the graph below, is perhaps not record-breaking but you shouldn’t complain about it either.


Some small reservations could have been expressed if you had dealt with an instrument at higher price point – that of 1000 USD. However, you have here a roof prism set of binoculars produced in China which costs less than 300 USD so you shouldn’t expect any miracles. For such price/quality segment the transmission is really good anyway.

The binoculars don’t have any serious slip-ups. In many categories they fare moderately well (coma, astigmatism, chromatic aberration) and in many others – quite well (distortion, resolution on the edge of the field, colour rendition, the shape of pupils). The shape of exit pupils should be especially emphasized here - they are almost perfectly round with hardly any cuts and no distinct vignetting. It is a huge achievement, taking into account the dimensions of the whole device. When you also consider the price/quality ratio, the field of view, which is quite good for such a class of instruments, and the smallest dimensions available on the market you must admit this is a very interesting pair of binoculars, especially for those who appreciate low weight and the handiness of their equipment.

The roof prism 8x56 got a final result not much worse than that of much-praised Porro prism Titanium 8x56. The tested device is more expensive, being a compact roof prism instrument after all, but certainly not so expensive you shouldn’t consider buying it. Quite the opposite – it seems that for such a price you can recommend it to anyone who, for a reason or two doesn’t want to buy a Porro pair of binoculars.

To sum up we are very pleased another pair of binoculars worth interest appeared on the market. As you can notice consulting the following chart the line-up of Delta Optical features quite a nice collection of well done 8x56 pairs of binoculars. You can pick and choose…