Good to have but not necessary.Originally posted by darkness
Which leads me to another point, I suppose tripod would become necessary since it's close and focus is critical right??
My shots are usually handheld so that I can achieve a good angle and composition quickly. There is more chance of the image being blur due to the wind blowing(which you have no control over) rather than handshake. Just ensure that the shutter speeds are sufficiently high and you should be alright. Normally you don't move forward/backward once u focus, so it shouldn't be any problem.