The Sirui ET-2004 tripod offers perhaps the best mix of versatility, portability and value. Selling for $200 with a E-20 ball head, the ET-2004 spans heights from just five inches to 57 and handles gear up to 26.5 pounds. The legs can independently adjust to different angles and fold 180 degrees for more compact storage, with a 17 inch folded height. The tripod also includes retractable spiked feet, which is tough to find at this price point.
While the Sirui ET-2004 offers an excellent feature set for the price point, you can get a lighter tripod for either more money or with less stability. The ball head isn't ideal for every type of shooter either. Sirius are also made in China. But, the Sirui ET-2004 offers one of the best feature sets for the lower price point without sacrificing too much quality.