Adorama has a solid deal on the Vanguard Alta Pro 263-AT tripod and SBH-100 ball head for $124.95 (reg. $249.99) right now. This is a very solid kit at a very good price. The ball head retails for $90 alone and is worth every penny and then some. The tripod and head combo can handle rigs as heavy as 15.4lbs. You can get this deal while it lasts here at Adorama.
B&H has the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 tripod and SBH-100 ball head combo for $149.99 (reg. $209.99) through Dec. 31. The SBH-100 is an excellent, heavy-duty ball head and Vanguard’s Alta Pro tripods are highly regarded. This is a hard kit to beat for this price. Check it out here at B&H Photo.