This will be my first year doing one of these. Not on the one I'm doing, but I've come across a few that requested no tripods. Mine will be done in late evening and twilight, so I hope tripods are allowed. I plan on shooting some Provia 100 in my Nikon F2AS. I hope the leader doesn't assume that everyone will be shooting handheld with the digital cameras cranked up to ISO 6400! Twice I emailed the leader and asked if tripods were OK and no answer. So I'm going to just show up with all the gear I plan on using.