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I don't know but I especially value Canon 85mm 1.2 II because of its ability to be very sharp wide open while producing unbelievable bokeh. When I use it I don't have to think about if I am shooting at MFD or infinity. As for contrast and color rendition I think both lenses are very very similar. At least to me. If I would want to produce softness I'd get a filter to use when needed. I think it's a major drawback (again for me) regarding Zeiss 85mm.
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Both the 85L and ZE 85 are excellent lenses, and are very different. I still have the 85L because at times I still need the AF. But for portraits, and travel I find myself using the ZE 85/1.4 exclusively. I now prefer the ZE 85/1.4 in its rendering of images.
With the ZE 50/1.4 and the ZE 85/1.4, MF with the very narrow DOF, can yield although very slight OOF, which may explain different experiences with these lenses. Is it marginal calibration required of the changed focusing screen? Of course this is negated if you use live view, but this is not always possible.
If I were to select one ZE, for travel, people and street shots, it would be 35/2. The 21/2.8 is an amazing lens, but more of a specialist lens, great for landscapes and it a stop slower.