The first time I shot the Canon 85mm 1.2L I thought it was nice, but this Zeiss 85mm 1.4 looks pretty nice. The lens itself looks very precisely built and is visually beautiful. The optics appear to be comparative to Canon’s 85, but in a number of cases the Canon 85 was better. It is really interesting to see how the Zeiss 85 handles direct lens flares. At f/2 and up to f/8 its clearly a much more pleasant flare (more around one point vs a flat flare across the whole image).
Of course just as the Canon 85, the Zeiss 85 is best suited on a 1.3x or full frame DSLR. Although it isn’t capable of autofocus. The price tag is just around $1280.
What do you think—would you buy the Canon 85 or Zeiss 85?