The half shells / shims – which are part of the inner sliding mechanism seem to have easily gotten out of their place and as a result the whole sliding mechanism didn’t move smoothly anymore or even would block completely. Back then I sent in the tripod for repairs and received it back with fresh half shells / shims and on one leg Sirui even replaced the top-most sliding element because the notches where the half shells / shims sit on were already fringed which makes the fit between the leg element and the half shells / shims quite loose. In the picture above you see the difference between the replaced leg segment (bottom) and the old ones, where the notches are clearly fringed. I’m glad that Sirui didn’t charge for the repairs.
What happened now: As it was to expect after some time also the other two top-most leg segments on the other two legs showed the same problem. After writing the German Sirui service what happened I sent in my tripod again and just received it back a couple of days ago. I was quite surprised what Sirui had come up with now: Apparently they figured out that their half shell / shim part was not fit for the job and replaced it with a different construction, see in the next image: You can clearly see that the the leg segments have been exchanged by new ones where the notches are fresh and sharp. Also the shape of their sliding shim / shell changed noticeably. I guess this construction makes way more sense because it fits and sits well on the end of the leg segments without any play in either direction. I’m actually curious whether Sirui already uses this kind of sliding mechanism for their more up-to-date tripods. Can anybody confirm?
I think we had a very good and interesting conversion about my trip to Australia / Tasmania and especially about aerial photography with photo multicopters. If you understand German make sure to check it out and let me know what you think 😉
As you might have noticed in my social media channels a year ago I traveled to Australia and Tasmania last year around this time, I just added a new gallery with my pictures I posted on social media earlier. Most probably I’ll get back to the pictures soon and edit more of them because I’m content that I still have good material left, stay tuned 😉
Purple Awakening When I visited Mount Buffalo national park in Australia during this sunrise I had rapidly changing conditions, everything was engulfed in fog and only every now and then the fog drifted away and opened up the view towards the spectacular granite tor of the Cathedral. It was still a spectacular morning although the warm sunlight came through pretty late.
Rise of the Golem When I was visiting the Mount Buffalo national park in Australia, the rock granite tor of the Cathedral looked like a huge golem to me 😮
Majesty The spectacular granite tor of the Cathedral (located in the Mount Buffalo national park, Australia) had a really majestic appearance in the first light of this very morning after being completely hidden in fog earlier. After a rather cold and foggy morning - with very limited sight - seeing and feeling this warm sunlight was pure bliss!
Swirled Away 2 This is another shot from the Great Ocean Road in the south of Australia and another example of the beauty that comes from erosion caused by the constant moving sea.
Storm Incoming When I visited the westcoast of Tasmania there was very stormy weather for a whole day, an hour after taking this picture there was lashing rain. This place really caught my attention because of the bizarre bushes and rocks, I'm not even sure if I was able to do the scenery justice with this picture.
Bizarre Trees When visiting Sarah Anne Rocks in Tasmania those white trees caught my attention. The standing trees and the cut down trees form interesting regular and chaotic structures.
Take me Away This is another one from the rough west coast of Tasmania.
Taking this picture at the coast took place after taking "Storm Incoming" where the storm clouds were already close to the coast. When I started taking photos of the coast rain literally came from all sides, I was constantly busy wiping the front of my lens. While shooting in this kind of weather is a kind of pain, it mostly comes with dramatic clouds and the weather suited this wild location quite well. I eventually gave up after all my microfibre cloths and my own clothes were completely drenched.
Capsized Hiking to this place on Cape Pillar in Tasmania was quite exhausting and even though we were hiking pretty fast to be in time for sunset we just missed the best part of it by 10 or 20 minutes. The sky was literally burning in red and orange tones but the only thing we could do was to keep hiking to eventually reach the place where we wanted to shoot. This is a soothing blue hour shot with a little bit of decent afterglow. I have to say it felt quite the opposite when I was standing on the cliff taking this shot while being exposed to strong wind, it was quite scary.
Morning at the Lakes This was a quite and peaceful morning in front of the beautiful Cradle Mountain on Tasmania with Hanson Lake on the left and Dove Lake to the right. Hiking in the Cradle Mountain national park is a real pleasure, it has fairly easy hikes and offers dozens of nice views!
The Throne Overlooking the Mt Buffalo national park and parts of the Alpine National Park, the mountain Mount Bogong in the back is the highest mountain in the state of Victoria in Australia.
I was visiting during winter season and was surprised that only the highest peaks were covered in snow, however already the next day we got a little bit of snow in the Mt. Buffalo national park.
Bizarre Trees 2 On my journey through Tasmania I encountered and was fascinated by countless bizarre looking trees.
I really enjoyed that distinct flora the island has to offer, sometimes it looked so different to the flora I'm used to in Central Europe.
Because of the characteristic shape of those trees, it looks like they have a human-like appearance in this picture, much like a crowd of people interacting with each other.
Swirled Away Finally I made my way to the Great Ocean Road in the south of Australia and this was how I was greeted on that very morning, not the best conditions but at least the sea was wild! Watching the erosion process through the sea is quite interesting, it made the coast as interesting as it is now, but it also destroys its previous creations in the same go. It's in steady change, like life. New creations are only possible after sacrificing old ones.
This interpretation helped me to move on after recent struggles to give up on the past.