This really came about because of Terry's post about the macro fern shot--and the other macros posted before it. I don't have a macro converter for my lenses--I do have the Cokin closeup--and I like using the extension tubes (I have 12, 20, 25 and 36mm) with the FD 50 f/1.8--though I don't have as much flexibility probably as with something like the Raynox 250. Still--I don't do much macro and do own a very good macro for the 5D, so don't want to put a lot into extras--and really like the results from the FD 50 and tubes.
However, this afternoon I was trying to shoot an opening fern frond--really seeing if I liked the image enough to work harder at shooting it. That means getting out one of my big tripods, setting it up for close to ground, etc.
When I bought the G9 when it came out I considered buying a table top or mini tripod for it, but didn't like shooting with it enough to follow through. Now--I'm considering some small support again. I know about the gorillapod (don't really think I would care for it), Ultrapod--not sure--and don't want to put a lot of money into this for occasional ground shots. I've considered a beanbag type thing (seems it could work for travel also) and remembered this http://www.thepod.ca/red%20pod%20page.html and wondered if anyone has used it.
However, since the ferns unfurling will wait for no one, it means tomorrow I will get out my big tripod, realign it for near ground shooting, and see what happens. But--for the future--what thoughts do others have.