I've been looking to get something like the 85mm f/1.8 since upgrading from a 20D to a 5Dc. I love my 50mm f/1.8, but need a longer prime now (at least 85). I see the 85mm f/1.8 around $200-300 used, but can never commit, wondering what the replacement will be.
What price range are you all expecting these to come in at? If the current 85mm f/1.8 is about $400 retail (often closer to $300), and the 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm IS revisions are around $500-600 retail, is it unreasonable to hope the 85mm f/1.8 IS will cost less than $500? I would love to see a new short-tele prime with IS and great optical quality for under $500. On the flip side, what are the chances the 85mm f/1.8 drop in price a bit new/used after the IS version is available?
All the non-L IS refreshes opened at high prices and quickly came down to earth:
24 F/2.8 IS: Released at $799, but now $500-ish (18 months post-launch)
28 F/2.8 IS: Released at $799, but now $549 (18 months post-launch)
35 F/2 IS: Released at $849, but now $549 (15 months post-launch)
It's unusual to see these kind of shortly-after-release price drops with lenses
. The presumption is that these lenses aren't selling well.
If interested in the 85 IS, I'd certainly wait a bit for a better deal based on the numbers above. But expect the new lens to soundly beat the current one based on the quality of those three above -- they really are terrific, and IS is only a piece of their appeal.