SIRUI – IN THE ARCTIC POLAR CIRCLE
Location: Senja – 69 ° 20’N 17 ° 30’E – Arctic Polar Circle – Norway
During my trip to Senja I had the opportunity to try and stress the Sirui W-1004 tripod (which I had been using for several months) along with the G-20KX Sphere head.
I can safely say that if I wanted to do a cold resistance test, I could only choose the best location given the low temperatures.
But let’s start from the beginning.
The choice of this tripod, WPS series, was born from the need to have a tripod light, high and above all resistant to weather conditions since in my work it is normal to find yourself taking pictures in rain or snow. But also because photographing on land where there is snow, it is not always as simple as you think.
So here the WPS series is ideal for those who are dedicated to landscape photography.
In fact, all the Sirui W series tripods are characterized by the internal seals on the legs that make it possible to perfectly isolate each section and prevent water, dust or other ingress.
During my trip, I had the opportunity to safely immerse it in sea water (see photo above) without worrying that the water would enter and that would have corroded the gaskets or the internal parts of the tripod.
In fact, how many of you once they have finished a shooting session at sea, have found themselves at home to clean up the tripod from salt water?
With the WPS series this is a step that no longer needs to be done continuously, but obviously to keep alive a tripod if we do it every now and then can only be a positive action.
We also specify that the tripod W-1004 is a tripod that closes in travel mode, so putting it in a suitcase is not a problem even considering its lightness and its dimensions:
– Loading capacity: 15 kg
– Maximum height: 165 cm
– Minimum height: 14.5 cm
– Folded length: 49 cm
– Leg sections: 4
– Weight: 1.7 kg
– Legs that can be folded backwards
– A leg that can be converted into a 162 cm monopod
– Split central column
– Stainless steel tips and rubber feet
Another positive aspect, as is can see in the picture above, the central column is possible to remove it and have the possibility to completely lower the tripod. What is very convenient when you need to make some photographs to capture reflections.
Regarding the thermal stress, in my trip I was able to take pictures at a temperature of – 17 ° C, especially when I was in the national park of Senja.
During this photo session I have found that the stainless steel tips are really fundamental when photographing on ice.
Personally I keep them inside the backpack, in order to have them directly at hand.
In fact, just unscrew the rubber feet of the tripod and screw the steel tips to get a tripod suitable for ice and snow.
The tripod becomes a concrete block from how stable it is!
The stability of course is also due to the G-20KX head which supports a great load. In fact, mounting a Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 II along with the Canon 5D Mark IV and its filters, does not move a millimeter.
Even with all the effort and strength, you can not move your head by any millimeter, thanks also to the presence of the clutch which blocks and welds everything allowing you to take pictures even with strong wind.
By planting the tripod with steel tips and tightening my head very well, I could make my photographs in absolute tranquility.