Thank you for your kind response, Wim.
I probably have different post per page settings since I didn't see Wem's post on my pg. 30. When I searched per username, it took me to his Zeiss 1.4/35 posts instead (probably because they were newer).
I know I'm being silly, just a hobbyist but really want good glass
I'll lurk some more, admiring awesome shots on the lens sample threads, before pulling the trigger.
Have a look at some of the pictures by member "Wem" in this thread, to see what I mean. I particularly like his picture of the market, near a church, in Leuven, Belgium. And there are quite a few others. Start browsing at page 30 or thereabout, and move forward .
As to Zeiss: you have to like the look these lenses create, and that is a very personal thing. Having tested quite a few of them, I've come to the conclusion they are not for me, give me a 24L, 50L, 85L, 135L, 180L any day. These are all capable of creating 3D images, where 50L and 135L are probably best. 3D-ness is about isolation and transition to OOF, and actually can be created in PP as well.
As to contrast - I think there is a lot of hype surrounding this, as essentially Canon Ls generally show great contrast, and the newest ones are better than ever.
Essentially, Canon Ls are probably better at some points, and Zeiss lenses at other points. IMO from that POV, on average, it is possibly much of a muchness. However, when it comes to SOOC images, and ease of PP, for me Canon comes first. Of course, YMMV.
As to the 50L specifically - you have to see the images to believe it. Ideally you may want to rent a few lenses for a while, to see which you like best, but I am a great fan of the 50L, and despite testing 30+ 50 mm lenses, IMO there is nothing that beats it.
Kind regards, Wim