I'm patiently awaiting Lloyd Chambers to post a review of this lens along with the Zeiss 35mm 1.4. Both should be dreamy.
I was there too. I went after reading your note but still couldn't muster the courage to sneak a card in the D3s to snap some 35mm 1.4 shots.I just got back from a photo expo...
If I was an AIS guy, I'd be drooling over the release of the Zeiss 1.4. I owned the f/2 and it was a wonderful lens. I just didn't enjoy shooting MF, too many missed shots and hard on the eyes.I was there too. I went after reading your note but still couldn't muster the courage to sneak a card in the D3s to snap some 35mm 1.4 shots.
I'm an AIS guy and don't have much experience with AF, so take this observation with a grain of salt. The 35mm and 85mm G lenses seemed slow to focus, and the 85mm lens hunted a fair amount - it reminded me of the 60mm G. On the plus side, the aperture blades of the 35mm 1.4 formed the closest approximation of a circle I've ever seen on a 35mm-format lens, and the built quality seemed superb.