This lens is very tempting. I wish it was a little lighter but it's now on my wish list. Can't wait to see the reviews, but Canon seems to be on a roll with good lenses. I hope they replace the 50 1.4 soon. Also a new 85 with IS would be awesome.
They just rebuilt the 85L. Not gonna happen again soon. If any prime gets rebuilt with IS I figure it will be the 135L due to the focal length. That one is also long in the tooth, and even Sigma didn't bother with putting IS on the new 35 & 50 ART.
I think Etienne was referring to the 85/1.8, not the 85L II. Although the 85L was refreshed ~17 years after the original design, the 85/1.8 design is now 22 years old.
And while Sigma didn't put IS in its new 35 and 50 Art models, Canon did just add it to the 35/2 a couple of years ago.
I, too, would like to see the 50/1.4 updated, to a 50/1.x (true ring) USM IS version.
Yes I was referring to the 85 1.8, add IS, true USM, rounded aperture blades and we're good to go ... But an 85 1.4 would be cool too.
The 85/1.8 has true ring USM and is one of the fastest focusing lenses around.
I owned the 85 1.8, and liked it quite a lot, but there's a lot of CA. A small bump caused the manual focus to stick and be unreliable, which made it useless for video, so I sold it to a guy who never uses manual focus and he's quite happy with it.
I recently bought the Bower 85 f1.4, and it is very nice for video, extremely smooth focus and clickless aperture, but no AF and no IS. I'd really like a Canon 85 f/1.8 with IS.