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Safe using outdoor Photography at will SIRUI W-2204 water-proof tripod trial report
It is an ideal state of photography to go to the outdoor to explore extraordinary beauty of nature and be far away the Madding Crowd. In the wild environment, one water and dust proof tripod is necessary besides some photographic equipments of high-grade protective capability.

During the PE show in 2015, SIRUI released the new W series tripods, which has a high grade water and dust proof function, suitable for outdoor using. Besides, this series also has the advanced functions of legs fold up 180° for extra compactness, Tripod leg converted into waterproof monopod and center column detachable and so on.

Recently Wuji studio received the SIRUI W-2204 of the W series tripods. Below is the trial report of this model.


The bundle includes tripod and ball head( the selling version is without ball head), tripod bags, accessories and instruction sheet.

The tripod adopts 4 sections carbon fiber tube leg design, the max tube diameter is 29.4mm.
With the center column detachable function, the minimum height is only 155mm, maximum height is 1800mm and folded height is 520mm.
The weight of the tripod is 1.7KG and maximum load weight can reach 18KG.
Generally, the folded height of W-2204 520mm, tripod weight 1.7KH, maximum diameter 29.4mm and maximum load weight 18KG already reached the stability and loading capacity of medium and big tripod.

10 layers of carbon fiber tube legs


Just judging from the specification, W-2204 is perfect, besides, there are some humanized designs.



The Ergonomic Led Angle Locks is totally new design. It is easy to open the lock buttons in plating blue color. And the lock buttons will keep open till being tightly locked (caution: when the angle of legs exceed 90°,the angle lock will be locked automatically).  The new angle lock is more easy and faster to operate than old angle locks. Users don’t need to compete with the high-tense springs any more.

 Two anti-slip sponge sheaths are on two different legs with comfortable hand feel.





Sight scale divisions are on the smallest section of each leg to ensure accurate height adjustment.



The waterproof leg lock is the core design of W series. According to official document, the WPS waterproof mechanism has a whole set of waterproof rubber locking components to prevent water leaking into the tubes and damage the tubes. Editor detached the leg tubes and found that the components of the leg locks are 2 rubber sealing washers and lubricating oil (lubricating oil is between the two rubber sealing washers) which form a seal space.

Although a sophisticated mechanism is added in the leg tube, the leg locks turns smoothly and folding and unfolding of sections is easy.





Slip-resistant rubber feet can be replaced with stainless steel spike if needed




The center column can be detached and inverted for low angle or macro shooting. And center column can be attached for increasing the height of monopod.



Center column can be detached after detaching the hook on the bottom



All parts of the center column after detaching(ball head is not included in the official selling version)




Demonstration of center column inversion



Adding on spare the short hook




Realize the 155mm low angle shooting





One of the legs with detaching lock is detachable and can be converted to be a monopod




Clockwise turn the detaching lock can detach the monopod leg


Using with the wrist strap to convert into a monopod. It’s very light and easy portable, at the same time it’s waterproof and practical.




W-2204 is with a 4 sections design. Its maximum height can reach 1800mm. The waterproof legs can keep your equipments far away the water and salt air and enable you to shooting at deepwater area. Special attention, only the legs have the waterproof capability, so water cannot exceeds the height of anti-slip sponge sheath.


We'll do the waterproof test:

  Method: put the waterproof legs into the water, take out of the water after 2 hours and clean the water outside. Take apart the leg locks to check if any water entered.







Start timing



Time up, clean the water outside




Take apart the leg lock, we can see the first rubber sealing washer and the lubricating oil filling inside.



Pull out the whole section leg and no water found inside


No water immerses into the leg lock after 2 hours soaking in the water. W-2204 truly has very good waterproof function. What editor uses is tap water this time, if users want to use the tripod in seawater, be careful the erosion of seawater to the leg locks and don’t soak the legs in the seawater long time. After shooting, using soap water or other alkaline detergent to clean the legs is necessary step to protect the legs.

In conclusion:

When most of the manufacturers still emphasis the stability, W series of SIRUI already starts to emphasis the protective functions. It’s the first time the editor does the waterproof test and the result is satisfactory. Besides the extraordinary capability, W-2204 waterproof tripod, with the excellent protective functions, can capture most of the outdoor photographers’ heart.



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