Ok, here's the background. I recently purchased a Vivitar 85/1.4 Aspherical lens (Korean-made, also under Sakar, Samyang, Polar and some other brands for marketing purposes) as a birthday gift to myself. I purchased it to use with my D700, but they make EOS-mount versions as well, so it is available to Canon shooters.
I have used the Contax 85/1.4 with a C/Y adapter back with my 1D2 and 5D, so I was hoping this lens might be almost as good as that lens. The surprise is that it actually outperforms the old Contax (by my memory), particularly wide-open. It handles nicely, but, of course, is manual-focus only. The focus ring is damped well, and it takes 135 degrees of rotation to go from MFD to infinity. The Polar and Samyang brands appear to have a more common design for the focus ring knurling, but the Vivitar handles fine for me. Purple-fringing is noticeably better controlled with this lens, in comparison with the Contax Planar, though it still shows up at times. The sharpness and contrast at f/1.4 is also significantly better than the Contax. At f/2, the contrast gets a very small boost, but the resolution is so good wide-open that it isn't really a noticeable change, unless you are zoomed in at 50%-100%. The bokeh is fantastic too. I would put it on par with my Sigma 50/1.4!! I'm not being overly nice, just realistic.
So here comes the best news: B&H sells this wonderful lens for $350!
I'll tell you this much: this lens is going to be in a lot of people's bags soon, just because its such a fantastic value. From the cross-section of the lens, it appears to be a straight rip-off of the Nikon 85/1.4 AF-D lens, but with an aspherical element near the flange-end of the lens.
As for some shots, here are some from the Dallas Auto Show, all at f/1.4, except one.
They had some older classics too...
And the cops showed up. Thought this was cute...
And a beautiful car, though at f/2...
And no show is complete without.......Sham-Wow! LOL