I'm evaluating 85mm lenses for my Canon cameras (5D, 1Ds Mk III). It's not a focal length I use much, I tend to shoot wider... but over the last few months I've been getting some great shots. I own a Leica Summilux-R 80mm f/1.4 with an adaptor, and really love the way it draws. However, I must admit I miss the auto-focus, especially when shooting kids.
I'm currently renting the 85mm f/1.2 L Mk II. I am shocked by the size of the lens, and believe it will stop me from bringing it along on longer trips. Unfortunately I can't find the 85mm f/1.8 for rent, so I've come to ask for comments.
A quick aside: one of my all-time favorite Canon lenses is the 50mm f/1.4. I like its size and weight, and more importantly I love the images I get with it. I never saw the value in moving to the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L. I guess my subsequent question is whether Canon's 85mm f/1.8 comparable to Canon's 50mm f/1.4.
Also, I gather Zeiss has introduced an 85mm lens for the EOS mount... but I think it's manual-focus. Am I right?
Thanks for helping me think through this.