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I'm almost embarrassed to admit this to a pro who has a studio, but I don't OWN a tripod. Everything I shoot is hand held... for better or worse as the case may be. As i've gotten more serious about manual focus glass I've spent time researching tripods and ballheads but haven't gotten there yet. I've been having too much time shooting MF.
No worries, Curtis. The first 2 years after I opened a studio I was shooting handheld. I recently made a detailed post in the People forum about how I came around to using a 'pod, and why I think they are so essential to getting the BEST possible shots. But that post was apparently deleted due to an "altercation" with another member (who happens to be an extreme tool).
I was going to copy and repost, but it's gone (I PM'ed Fred to see if could be recovered).
Anyway, I will just say it's definitely worth the trouble of getting a decent pod and a good ballhead. It's not necessarily as expensive as some would have you believe. And for macro work, having an Arca-Swiss style setup with an L-plate (or better yet, a tripod collar) is sooo nice.
EDIT: this is a bit of a hijack, so I'll shut up about tripods for now. But feel free to PM me if you have any questions about my own setup.