I happily use a Bogen 3021 pro (outside of the US: Manfrotto 055 Pro). It goes low to the ground. It also has the option of holding the column horizontally instead of vertically, which is useful if you want to position the camera facing downwards. It is a bit cheaper than the the equivalent Gitzo model, and use quick release lever leg locks instead of gitzos' twist locks. Which is better is a matter of personal preference. Personally, I hate twist locks. The base 3021 (055) costs a bit less, weighs a bit less, and doesn't have the horizontal column holding feature.
For less money and weight, there are the 3001 series Bogens (Manfrotto 190). For me, they aren't tall enough when doing non-macro photography. They also aren't as sturdy as the 3021/055 models, which may be an issue when using a large macro lens, plus some extension, plus an unwieldy flash set up.