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    Do I need a tripod?

    I don't have a tripod, is it advisable to have one?
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    For everything but street shooting, YES.

    This from someone who shoots hand held large formats...
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    I always go back to a quote from John Shaw - If the picture is worth taking, it's worth taking on a tripod.

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    In what situations would it be good to use a tripod on 35mm?
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    I've got a fancy Gitzo tripod for three years now, and have never used it. Shame on me.

    Markok765, we'd need a little more detail on what kind of pictures you take, what ASA, lens etc. you use to give you more serious answers.

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    What are you shooting ? what sort of shutter times do you expect to use ?
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    Hey, Markok. Good advice might be to not hand hold you camera at a shutter speed less than twice your lens' focal length. Example: 1/125 for a 50mm, 1/500 for a 200mm. I hand hold at an equal or slightly lesser Tv:f ratio occasionally, but I stick to this little rule at least ninety percent of the time. Reason being, about 95% of the time I'm carrying a tripod and I mount the camera for a slower S/S. As Ole suggests, this is not a feasible appendage with fast moving photography such as street photography. But I would have one regardless. You can pick up nice tripods like Manfrotto or Bogen for well under $100 USD.
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    It's probably even worth getting a really cheap little one, just to see if it suits your style of photography. You can probably find something for around $35. Then you can always upgrade to bigger and better later.

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    A tripod, is in general terms, the one piece of equipment that can measurably improve your photography.

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    A tripod can be the functional equivilent of superfast film but without the grain. It is a tool of the trade. A carpenter may not use every tool in his tool box for every job, but he'll do better/faster work in the long run with a complete set of tools.

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