In my experience they're fairly pointless for most of my day to day rail photography. Whenever I would use one I can usually find something else to use (fence, seat, wall, etc.). For the odd occasion I do need one I have a small table top tripod, similar to this. I also have a medium sized tripod similar to this, but it hardly ever gets used.yorkie said:As for a tripod, I need one too, preferably light and easy to carry but also decent. I don't mind paying a bit but I need it to be highly portable. Anyone got any ideas?