can i ask a ridiculous question? on a canon body, is this manual focus only? if i'm going to use it primarily at f1.4 i don't know if my eyeballs are good enough to focus and i don't want to insert a cross-hairs type viewfinder.....i have a canon 24mm f/1.4 II that i love, so am i better off getting the canon 35mm f/1.4?
yes, it's manual focus. many prefer to get a new focusing screen (matte) that allows for better focusing of these lenses. i have one for my 5D-it helps but it's not a night and day difference from the stock screen. it took me a while to get used to me ZE21mm. at F/1.4 on the 35, i think the focusing plane will be very narrow, and any movement in your subject (or more like yourself) could result in out of focus shots. at normal apertures, you'll be fine, especially at 35mm. I'd recommend you rent one from lensrentals.com or whomever and try one for a day or 7. i love my 21mm but the first few days, i was thinking, man, i really really like autofocus... you get better at MF quickly, but my eyes, and my hand movement still miss shots at F/2.8 on my 21.
the rental charge will be a very worthwhile investment i think. I have the 35L lens, i love it.