Thanks for the review, Justin. The 85L certainly produces some amazing images, but to me just isn't worth the tradeoffs (expense, slow AF, etc...) I do have the 85mm f/1.8, and, although it is a great lens, it just doesn't come out of my bag that often. I typically reach for either the 100L or 135L. But because it (85mm f/1. is a relatively low expense, I hold onto it. I wouldn't feel that same about a $2K lens. Some nice portraits in there, though.
I agree. As I have stated in other posts, I owned this lens and sold it for the Sigma 85 f/1.4. It's half the cost, the focus barrel is enclosed with a UV filter on, has superior AF, and comparable if not better IQ. Though bokeh is slightly better on the Canon the difference is not a $1000 better.
Have you had the chance to compare the Canon to the Sigma or other 85mm primes?
5D Mk III, Elan 7e, Samsung NX 1000, some old rangefinders
Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, 400mm f/2.8L II, 100mm L IS Macro, Sigma 85mm, 50mm, & 35mm f/1.4's, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, Canon 2x Extender II, Kenko 1.4x, 430 EX II, Elinchroms