I'm not saying that I completely disagree either, but if someone handed me a gift certificate for $1400 for swarovskis I don't know if I'd go scope or binoculars if I had working midrange optics in both.
Sure enough Swarovski Binos were my first leap.
Second Swaro item was a scope that I had for almost two years before I could afford the gun underneath.
Having looked through several fogged up piece of crap scopes over the years I would argue that I can reach over and grab a buddies field glass, or return to the truck and grab a standby set of binoculars, but you don't put cross hairs on an animal with your binoculars.
Right now most of my scopes are middle of the road, And I am thinking about some 12X50s
So I guess I talked my self into agreeing with Ando