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So.. where can I find one in EU?
I don't know many places in the EU, but Ffordes often has a good selection (and prices sometimes worth overseas shipping). They don't appear to have any 85/1.4's in stock right now, but a bunch of 100/2's; be patient, and they will eventually show up. There's also eBay, and I'm sure a lot more local EU shops that I don't know about.
BTW, 100mm F2 Contax Planar over the 85 1.4?
Matter of personal preference and comfortability with the focal length. 100/2 will be more expensive (and a little bigger/heavier), and a bit harder to hand-hold in lower light (slower aperture, longer focal length), but it's one of my favorite lenses (and preferable to the 85/1.4 range to me). 100/2 will provide extremely uniform image quality --- no sharpness falloff at all towards edges/corners --- and a very clearly delineated plane of focus. Shooting a longer lens with a slower aperture can provide more depth-of-field on the in-focus subject for the same amount of far-background blurring; so in portraiture, for example, you won't have so much of "one eye in focus, other blurry" while keeping the subject sharply separated from the background.