I just sold my 35 L today, and no, I will not replace it with a siggy, I have something else in mind.
Pray tell. Zeiss 35 f/1.4 Distagon perhaps?
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For things I shoot, f/2 is where the good stuff is.Yup, and when wider than f/2 is needed at 50mm, 50 f/1.2 steps in. I mostly use the 50L from f/1.4 to f/1.8, where its color, contrast, and bokeh really are class-leading.
In addition to being too long for small bars, 85L has focus-by-wire which feels vague and requires way-long throws of focus ring to change focus. It's also very heavy and without IS, simply not a good video lens.
Would the 85L be a little too long for small bars?
Since it is manual focus, I'd not have a problem with the 50L with any backfocus, right?
The Sigma 35mm 1.4 for example is light years ahead of Canon's offering. It's like night and day. The 85mm 1.4 is also light years ahead of Canon's offerings
I prefer the way live view works with the M's touch screen for tripod/MF shooting for landscape/backpacking photography.
+1 - then just borrow chairs from wherever you go, instant light stand.