I couldn't have got the shots handheld without flash. Shooting closeup without flash requires a tripod.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
I have great difficulty doing as well with my Graphics and Cambo. These have to be shot from tripod and are much slower working than a Nikon. They're absolutely impossible with small unconstrained fish in aquaria and with live insects that won't hold a pose for very long, are very difficult with flowers and such. What usually ruins my flower shots is wind, which can move the plane of best focus between the time I focus and compose and the time I get the shot off. Yes, I still use flash.