To TS, the Manfrotto range (even the CF ones) are heavy; so take note if you don't have a ready transport or hiking/travels to out-country especially.
The Gitzos are lighter but beyond your budget.
It's a tough call.
Some one posted "an equation" some time back ........ couldn't remember exactly who or what... but something along the line...
light and good = expensive
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