I've been birding with tiny Nikon 10x25 binocs and a Zeiss Diascope 65mm (15x-45x) on a very light tripodfor ~10 years. I'm looking to upgrade and am wondering whether Canon IS binos have a use... I kind'a like the minimal 10x25 small and light binos and then just reach to the scope to get a good view. But lugging a tripod is no fun when walking some distance. I'm wondering how some good 8x32 binos plus a 14x32 IS would compare. Obviously the 14x32 doesn't have the magnification of the scope but it doesn't require a tripod either... But maybe having two binocs hanging around my neck is a worse experience? After all, it's easy to set the tripod down, look through the binocs and then point the scope when appropriate. Also, it's nice to share the set-up scope with someone else (I'm almost always birding with my wife). Has anyone compared the above type of set-ups?