I picked up a Velbon Sherpa 750. I'm not sure what the US name is for this tripod. Why do names get changed by US distributors??? [Might be the Velbon Chaser EFL-4 The specs match] It's rated at 12lbs. My monorail and a lens is pretty close to that and the tripod easily handles it. It's relatively cheap. If it is the chaser it's less then $100 at B&H in the US. It goes on sale around here every so often.

http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze2gkrc/...ripod-Test.html

The velbon docs call it a "pro" tripod. I consider that a bit much. It's nice enough but I wonder how many pros would love the thing.