Hi folks, I rarely use a tripod. I hate the things and only use one when it is absolutely essential. However, I have been wondering just how much difference using a tripod actually makes to the sharpness of an image. The common rule when handholding is to use a shutter speed equivalent (or higher) to your focal length i.e. 1/200 sec for a 200mm lens on a FF body. Of course, the higher the shutter speed, the less chance of camera shake. Obviously, if I get a reasonably sharp image by handholding a 50mm lens at a slow 1/15 sec, then the same shot taken with a tripod will usually be a little sharper. My question is: Does a tripod makes any obvious difference in sharpness compared to hand held shots that were taken following the focal length rule? i.e. If I take a hand held shot with a 28mm lens at 1/30sec (assuming I take the usual amount of care trying to hold the camera steady), will it be as equally sharp as one taken using a tripod? Naturally, there will be varience depending on how steady the camera is being held. But generally, would I notice a huge difference if I were to dust off my tripod more often? I do have IS lenses and love them but let's assume I don't have IS for the purpose of this question.