Do Shaky Hands Preclude Handheld Macro Shots?

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Joseph T Lewis III Veteran Member • Posts: 3,246
Do Shaky Hands Preclude Handheld Macro Shots?

I'm considering getting a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. I'd primarily be taking outdoor shots of bugs etc., on sunny days. I have a Sony A55 with the in-body stabilization.

Unfortunately, I'm not all that steady of hand. To compensate, I usually take photos with my camera hanging from its neck strap, held against my body, and me looking down at the viewfinder. That usually works OK for most of the shots I take.

However, I've read conflicting posts as to whether or not a tripod is necessary for macro photography (even for people without particularly shaky hands), due to the extreme magnification. So, my question is this: am I likely to be able to take decent shots with the 90mm macro lens handheld, or is it more sensitive to my shakiness, thereby mandating that I use a tripod?

Thanks in advance for your opinions / inputs on this.
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Tom

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