So I just sold my 24-70 F2.8L in lieu of some primes. For some reason, that lens just didn't have the wow-factor that a lot of L's do have. I don't know if I had a bad copy or something, but the images coming out of it weren't as sharp and contrasty as I would expect from a $1200 standard zoom. So, I've decided to move onto primes for my standard focal lengths (but I'll never get rid of my 70-200 :heart, and I'm already very happy with the decision. The 85mm F1.8 is an awesome little lens. It's sharper than my bosses 50mm f1.2 (@ $1500) and has the same beautiful color rendition that the L-primes and some L zooms have. It seems sharp from corner to corner at F1.8. It gets a little sharper when you stop it down, but not by much. It renders out of focus parts of the frame absolutely beautifully. I can recommend this lens to anyone for hands-down value. Also, there has to be something said about primes and their effect on your composition. With a zoom, I tend to just sit there and try to frame and crop in-camera without moving or really doing much at all. With a prime, you have to move around and you start to think more critically about how to frame an image. The 85 keeps you pretty far from your subject and you tend to fill up the frame. The minimum focusing distance doesn't let you get much closer than about 4 feet. The 20mm that I've recently picked up is exactly the opposite. You have to get super close to your subjects to even fill up the frame and the minimum focusing distance is very small, like 3-4 inches. I'll post up some pics in a few.