Curious to hear anyone's experience with hand held macro photography, any lens. I just bought a used rental Sigma - and have 30 days to decide if I want to keep it. I can guarantee I'll want to keep it if I can just get used to it! At risk of sounding like a wimp, true macro is hard work. I guess I'm spoiled - none of my other lenses weigh nearly 4 lbs. The lens arrived in the mail today but it was nearly dusk by the time I tried the lens for the first time. I think I'm too shaky (and it's too heavy) to not use my tripod with it, even though it has stabilization. I'm also a nearly 60 yr old woman who will need to start working with light weights if I'm going to carry this around. Not even joking, sadly. So, I'm going to post my first test pics that were hand held, at twilight. I used live view and magnified the view - that helps a lot with focusing and combined with using a tripod in the future, I hope to get better quickly. Is it typical to have a learning curve on getting sharp photos with a macro lens? (I know my test shots are not sharp). And yes, all I have in the yard now are dandelions...I did test shots inside, with a tripod, of various items and got very sharp images so I know it's me and not the lens.