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Manfrotto Introduces New Line of National Geographic Photo and Video Supports

Orlando, Florida (February 26, 2006) — National Geographic and Manfrotto have teamed up to bring a world of experience to photographic accessories. The new line, introduced earlier this year at CES 2006 — includes a collection of tripods, heads, monopods and gear bags ideal for photographic professionals and amateurs alike.

Easy to use and engineered to endure the most extreme conditions, the National Geographic photo and video supports are licensed and designed by Manfrotto, the world’s most renowned brand for professional photo and video equipment. Two separate lines, NG Expedition and NG Tundra, offer a variety of products that set new standards in tripod technology.

The NG tripod family — composed of two tripods and two heads — was field-tested by National Geographic photographers and engineered to withstand the most extreme environments.

The NG Expedition NGET1 is the world’s only fully automatic tripod. It features a patented column mechanism, designed for low-angle macro photography, enabling the column to be mounted horizontally. The carbon fiber and magnesium NGET2 also features the laterally mounted column and is extremely lightweight and portable.

The NG Expedition ball heads are the only heads in the world to offer a protective bellows system. This feature prevents dirt and debris from entering the mechanisms of the head, offering use of the NG Expedition in any environment. Additionally, the NG Expedition ball heads feature hydrostat technology. Developed exclusively by Manfrotto, hydrostat technology uses fluid pressure to securely lock the camera with minimal effort.

The NG Tundra family of products, composed of three tripod kits, is designed for first-time digital photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts.

The NGTT1 ball head tripod kit features a compact design, is lightweight and portable. The NGTT2 three-way head and tripod kit offers an ultra-small, three-way head that can be used for both photo and video equipment. Finally, the NGTM1 Tundra monopod features a removable ball head and folds to an extremely portable length, making it extremely convenient for travel.

About Manfrotto:
Gruppo Manfrotto are world leaders in the manufacture of professional camera and lighting supports for photography, video, broadcast and entertainment. For 35 years, Manfrotto has been building the world’s widest range of tripods, heads and dedicated accessories to support professional and semi-professional still cameras, from the traditional small, medium and large format to the latest digital camera. Every product in the Manfrotto range is designed to provide a perfect combination of important features such as: load capacity, size, stability, transportability, interchangeability and construction quality — guaranteeing unique inimitable reliability and longevity.

About Bogen Imaging:
Since 1959, Bogen Imaging (formerly Bogen Photo) has been a leading source for photographic, cinematic and video lighting, supports, and accessories. Many of the most respected manufacturers of precision products for the photographic, video, Cine and lighting are distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Bogen. These include Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods and heads, Kata protective carrying systems and accessories, Avenger lighting grip, I.F.F. ceiling mounted lighting suspension, Metz on-camera flash systems, Gossen light meters, Elinchrom studio lighting systems and a wide host of additional product lines which round out the most complete range of exceptional accessories in the business.

For more information contact:
Bogen Imaging Inc., 565 East Crescent Ave.
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Phone: (201) 818-9500
Fax: (201) 818-9177
e-mail: info@bogenimaging.com
Web: www.bogenimaging.us

Media Contacts:
Jason Ledder or
Melissa Aiello
R&J Public Relations, LLC
(908) 722-5757 jledder@randjpr.com maiello@randjpr.com

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Larry White, Communications Manager
Bogen Imaging Inc.
(201) 818-9500 x-270
larry.white@bogenimaging.com

For National Geographic:
Kelly Petrone
Corbin & Associates
1776 Broadway, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10019
kelly@corbinpr.com
(212) 246-6515

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