Just got one of the newly released Slik 824 CF tripods.
I was looking for something more compact and lighter, but with the weight bearing capability of my existing 500DX.
First impressions are that it is well made, up to the normal SLIK production standards with a swirl pattern in the main 28mm diameter carbon tubes. It appears well dampened and stable, but the light weight could cause some issues in windy conditions. To combat this, there is a hook at the bottom of the center column to hang a bag off.
It has 4 leg sections held together with beefy leg locks and split center column allowing it to get quite close to the ground. The leg locks are very smooth and do not bind, making it easy when gloves are on. The three leg positions allow the tripod to be splayed out at ground level or set higher up. There are also some nice large grippy rubber feet.
It has a good height when fully extended to 64 inches and would suit most people of average height, when folded down it is extremely compact for the tripod of this size. The center column is not geared and has 2 locks to keep it from moving when raised. It is also reversible to allow the camera to be mounted upside down for macro work.
The tripod platform is thick and has some strong arms connecting to the leg sections, no real chance of this area flexing or bending. Tripod head mount screw is a reversible 3/8 or 1/4-20 in.
As with any CF based equipment, there is the chance of crushing the tubes so the tripod comes with a padded tripod bag for protection.
The price of USD 300 is middle level, but there are some cheaper CF brands available.
The strengths of the Slik appear to be the simple no nonsense design, strong parts and reasonable weight capacity for such a light and compact unit.
Here is the link to the manufacturers website.
Strong tripod platform with large connecting leg arms.
Good fully extended height.
Without center column extended.
Split center column.