I've spent time carefully looking through online sample images of the two Canon f/1.2's, the 50mm and the 85mm. Consistently, the shots from the 85mm significantly outshine those from the 50mm in terms of sharpness and contrast. In many cases, colors seem better rendered by the 85mm also.
I own and love the 85mm 1.2, and I feel I'm just starting to hit my stride and understand its wide-open capabilities.
But, even before the latest Sigma anticipation, I've been craving something with a bit more room that allows me to step physically closer to subjects. I've heard negative and positive things about the 50mm 1.2, but that is true about most lenses.
So, I found as many 50mm 1.2 online images as I could, and what I'm seeing is a consistent lack of sharp center focus.
What is really going on? Is it a problem with the lens or the photographers? Are the 85mm 1.2 images on, say, pixel-peeper, being taken by better photographers (because the lens costs more, and, with its several quirks, appeals to more experienced photographers)?
Is the 85mm 1.2 really that much better than the 50mm 1.2? Because, from what I'm seeing in an overwhelming number of samples, the 50mm seems quite soft even dead center. With portraits, I want the option of having sharp eyes without having to apply too much sharpening in post, and I can do this with my 85mm even at 1.2.
Thanks in advance for any insights.