1. You can take better photos 2. It will give you some semblance of looking like a pro 3. chicks dig the tripod :mrgreen: Seriously though, i got myself one of these new fangled lightweight travel tripods. Not the best in the world, but hey it does the trick . I went around my usual spots in auckland to take some pics. I got carried away with my new ability to take 30 seconds but here are some results: 20" f/11 30" f/11 3" f/9.5 20" f/8.0 30" f/5.6 30" f/11 Not superstar shots, but i am so happy I finally got out and got one. I am still trying to work to get the f/stop and shutterspeed right but i think its a good start!