I don't have a tripod. I shoot people on the street scenes and a tripod doesn´t work there, I'd be noticed. But I'm thinking of buying a tripod, because I want to try some portraits (before I have to get a Minolta wireless flash) and because I want something to put a bird telescope on. On the street, I guide myself by the focal distance=1/shutter speed rule, and when needed, I hold the camera against a wall or anything close by. It works.