The National Geographic Tundra ball head tripod offers the height both professional and amateur photographers need, but folds up to a compact size making this an ideal tripod for traveling and trekking. The ball head positions easily to capture the most extreme angles, and with the small quick-release plate (which accommodates even small profile digital cameras), you can easily remove your camera for quick storage. The special two-section column and variable leg angles provide the flexibility needed for low-angle photography.
I hope Nat Geo has changed manufacturers for this tripod. I received as a gift. I used it on a 10 day trip to the Holy Land for indoor photos. I loved it's portability, light weight, and easy setup. I did NOT manhandle it. However, 2 of the plastic leg extension clips had cracked hinges by the end of the trip. I returned it to my local camera shop and they replaced it. Now, after even less use than my first tripod, the replacement has cracks in 11 of 12 clips. I am still using it, with duck tape wrapped around all the clip hinges. I did not expect to be so disappointed in a Nat Geo product.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
From National Geographic:We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear that this tripod has not lived up to expectations. We are sending you contact information for the manufacturer, and we thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.