Impatience, perhaps? Though my 85 won't engage manual focus, even after spinning it. My point was if that's my only complaint, it's a very small one and that the 85 is a wonderful lens.AFAIK the camera has to be on for the manual focus of the 85L II to engage. In other words, you need to set it to MDF before you turn the camera off.
Right, manual focus works fine when the camera is powered on and the lens is in manual... which was exactly what I had stated in my original post. My point was that this is the process I have to take to retract the front element before removing the lens and storing it. I realize you can spin the focus ring to engage MF, but I usually just flip the switch out of force of habit.