Hello everybody I am very glad to present you my my first product review which is about my recently purchased SIRUI W-1204 tripod. The Sirui W Series is very new and offers a lot of features which I explain in my review. The W stands for "wind and wave" - this series is completely dust and waterproof! More information and the tech specs can be found here on the sirui.eu homepage:W-Series | Sirui
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The W-1204 tripod ships with a lot of useful accessories. The first one I would like to mention is the padded pouch. It comes with a carrying strap which fits either the pouch or the tripod without bag.
Next picture shows the other accessories.
From left to right: the spikes (used for squishy ground), four allen keys with manual and guarantee card, the second top plate (it has a bigger diameter - I guess it fits larger ballheads better), second mounting screw (fits both 1/4" and 3/8" ballheads), bottom end with load hook for the short central pillar (central pillar is dividable) and finally the wrist strap (handy if you use one leg as monopod).
Enough facts about the accessories here's the tripod..
Mounted on top is my SIRUI K-10x which is a great ballhead in combination with my gear (Fujifilm X-T1 body mostly with Fujinon XF10-24mm F4 or Fujinon XF16mm F1. 4 attached).
With legs fully retracted and the short central pillar it is possible to work very near the ground. On the other hand with legs fully extended the tripod is high enough for me to work at eye level (I'm 1.83m).
Now I would like to show you some details of the tripod.. I'll start from the bottom to the top.
Here you can see the ruler at the lowermost section. Nice to have but not very interesting.
Next picture shows one of the nine water and dustproof ring locks.
A german photo magazine recently tested a few tripods with a one hour water test - the Sirui was the only one which was dry inside after that. Strange they didn't mention that squeak noise the legs make when you tighten the ring locks.
And the load clamp attached to the central pillar.
This hook is a really nice feature. When it is very windy for example at the beach or in the mountains you can easily add weight to the tripod attaching your backpack or something else.
I'll recommend a little pouch with cord which is easy to carry and shortly stuffed with surroundings such like stones or sand.
The foam rubber grip is seen at most new tripods it protects your hands and fingers while you are working during cold days or even really cold nights.
The next two pictures show the new locks for the adjustment of the tripod legs. Those are really cool because there is no need to hold them down if you want to dismount the tripod or lower the angle of one leg.
You press them once and they stay open till you turn the legs over the last arrester. After the last arrester they flip back and close. That really saves time and makes arranging the tripod easier.
Another feature ist the really undersized air level - what a pity I don't always carry a microscope..
The last two pictures show the central pillar. The first one shows the connection point between the two parts and the second one the top plate with my SIRUI K-10x attached.
Another weakness before I sum my pros and cons: the spikes or rubber stands are attached with a fine thread to a blind hole. Neither the spikes nor the rubber stands are sealed. So I had to remove sand out of this blind holes today after using the tripod at the beach.
Normally I would help myself out with sealing the spikes and rubber stands. But there's no way to seal the spikes they have no bearing area for a sealing ring. No problem regarding the rubber stands... They offer enough bearing area to attach an o-ring. But I won't use them at the beach.
Here comes my short summary:
-easy to use
-the new leg fixation which holds the locks open for you
-spikes and rubber stands aren't sealed properly
-legs make stange noises while tightening the ring locks
-pricing within Europe: I bought this tripod in Singapore for about 230 EUR within Europe you pay 599 EUR
I hope you enjoyed my first review and stay tuned for the next one regarding the SIRUI TY-XT1L L-Bracket for the Fujifilm X-T1!