National Geographic Expedition NGET1 with NGEH1 head review

Some interesting features on a well-built tripod

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Our Verdict

Super-fast setup and a good maximum height. The hydrostatic head has a beautiful movement and grips like iron with just a gentle tweak of the locking knob. A great combination but not quite as rock-solid as some of its peers


  • Easy to set up
  • Well-designed


  • Not as sturdy as we'd like

The NGET1 is actually 'engineered' by Manfrotto for National Geographic.

It doesn't take too much detective work to spot the similiarities between this tripod and Manfrotto's 458B tripod and 468MG hydrostatic ball head.

Interesting design

Some leg-warmers and articulated 'cup' feet have been added, along with protective rubber bellows around the shaft of the head.

The leg-warmers are too loose to grip the tripod properly, and the cup feet are better suited to polished floors. The bellows feel thin and delicate.

Underneath, though, this is a very interesting tripod. There are no leg catches. Instead, an internal clutch mechanism enables you to pull the leg out but locks it rigidly in the new position so it won't push back in. The legs are released by a button right at the top.

It's very clever and a fast tripod to set up. The centre column splits and reassembles as a boom.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTripod
Maximum Height1600 mm
Minimum Height110 mm
Brand NameNational Geographic
Form FactorFloor Standing
Load Capacity8 kg
ManufacturerNational Geographic
Product ModelNGET1
Product NameNGET1 Floor Standing Tripod
Manufacturer Part NumberNGET1
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Incredibly fast and easy-to-use, the NGET1 has the innovative rapid opening and closing mechanism - just pull each leg downward to open and automatically lock it in any position, with no screws, knobs, or levers to tighten or loosen.

Then to fold it back up again, press the mechanism release button and push the leg closed. The NGET1's high load capacity, great min-max height range, and its full range of professional features is ideal for nature work under pressure. The NGET1 has a built-in carrying handle, a two-section center column for low angle or normal shooting, and four set leg angle positions.

Special all-weather leg warmers provide protection to the hands in extreme elements, and large diameter feet with retractable spikes provide extra stability on uneven terrain.

Weight (Approximate)3.20 kg