I would consider Induro tripods with your budget (I didn't see the budget originally). I nearly bought the CT414 before getting the RRS. I have heard many good reports but haven't used them myself. As for the ballhead - don't skimp out. If you can stretch a RRS BH40 do it, otherwise I'm using the BH30 at the moment and it supports my 5D3 with 70-200 f/2.8L IS II really well. It's a surprisingly robust little ballhead.