I'm looking for my very first tripod too and i'm on a budget as well. naturally i had to go deciding between Benro and Sirui.
based on the comments so far i'm looking for a set with at most 4 sections.
haven't yet got a chance to go down to take a personal look at these but anyone own any one of these and have any comments about their experience? I'm really amazed by the range of tripods even after narrowing down to two brands based on my budget and need help in differentiating the below in terms of functionality and quality.
Benro - A-200EX, A-250EX, A-300EX, + BH-0
Sirui - T1004TX, R-1004, R-1005, + G-10