Okay, this sounds crazy but I managed my friend to sell me his 85/1.2 for $1000. I know! $1000! It's a steal alright! It only has a ding on the front of the lens, so it's hard to place the lens cap on but the focus and lens seem to be in perfectly fine condition. It was produced in 2008, with its UW code on the back of the lens. I might have to get some testing on it though before I commit to fully buy (though my friend did say he will cover the cost of anything over $250 if the lens needs repair).
But the thing is, I've been reading threads and they're saying that the 85L is a beautiful beast. Hard to tame, with its deathly slow focus, frustrating OOF due to its super shallow DOF. And thus, people say, get the 85/1.8 alternative instead, which is like $650 cheaper.
What are your thoughts?
I think that the 85L is a great buy at $1000. BUT if it is not worth the investment and hassle, I might opt to go with the 85/1.8 AND the 135/2L (which I find to be tact sharp as I have rented it, but its focal length is a bit too long). That'll come out to $1300 more or less.
My current setup is the Zeiss 35/2. And probably will be adding the 85, and then the 100/2.8 or 135 later on.
I need your thoughts ASAP.