I do not regularly use a tripod anymore. Most of my shooting is hand held. I haven't put much into IS, none of my gear has it. I haven't really found the need for it, but I can't say it wouldn't help. I want to stay compact, but as I mentioned in an earlier reply, changing cameras is quite a huge step for me having grown up with Canon. Reading reviews online currently at cameradecision.com and it is driving me nuts. I see how different metering or focusing is gone, and of course how few full frame compacts there are, and it just seems scary to sell all that I'm familiar with and then end up with something that I may regret. Obviously there's nothing wrong with my gear other than it's big and I don't use it as much as I used to. The glass and body are in great shape, so quality is not an issue. Sometimes I worry that things I never worried about because of the gear I had, suddenly I may start worrying about because of the new gear that I have. If that makes any sense to you. One example was weather sealing. There's a lot of compact alternatives, but so few have actual weather sealing...an obvious feature I never had to worry about with my Canon's but now I do have to worry with compacts. So much to learn... I almost want to buy an even older Leica with a 28 or 35mm and try to enter that way. Bonus being that I'd be able to spend a lot less.