One of the reasons why it took me so long to buy an SLR was because of all the hassle that entails this expensive hobby. For starters, the SLR is huge and you cant stick it in your pocket without looking like a pervert. Another thing is the mechanical dust etc that keeps getting into the camera - was just about to take my SLR to a Canon service center to get cleaned but I'm going to risk cleaning the CMOS sensor myself.
Another thing is a tripod - really didnt fancy carrying around a huge tripod everywhere I went. Not knowing anything about SLR's at the time, I thought needed one so got this Velbon Ultra Max which cost about 15750 yen.
I love this tripod as its sturdy enough for a windy night (not describing what happens after a spicy dinner), folds up small enough to fit my left trouser leg (the only minor drawback is that I have to limp) and is light enough to carry around.
I only use it for night shots like Roppongi Hills and Shinjuku but for those who dont mind a bit of noise, just use a high ISO setting to capture shots in low light (I said that as a person who is still a newbie in this area ^^;)
Haven't used the tripod in ages but I want to experiment taking pictures of figures indoors so will need to dig it out soon.