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OK, here is a quandary. If you look at my humble profile, you will see that I have a small but very choice selection of lenses. Did not happen overnight, I assure you!
The Nikon 85 1.5G is the newest. As in brand new. It was a choice between the Zeiss 2.8/21 and that one. My reason for going with the Nikon: I already have the 24 1.4, and I am not that comfortable with wide angle lenses. Most of the on line shots from that lens seem to be (exquisite) vistas of places I will never visit.
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Zeiss 2/25? It would be a compromise lens in terms of focal length between 21 and your existing 35, but it is not remotely a compromise in quality. The 25/2 is one of the Zeiss line's lowest distortion and richest colors, and yet, it has a dreamy bokeh not seen in wide angle lenses. Its bokeh looks quite similar to the 2/100...how? I have no idea, but it is magical.
All that said, my most comfortable focal length is right around 100mm. I bought the ZE 1.4/35 a few years back to force me out of my comfort zone. I fell in love with it and then last year found a great deal on a 21. The 21 is REALLY wide, but it is also nearly distortion free (as is the 25). Part of what I had not liked about wide angle lenses was the distortion. That basically is a non-issue with the Zeiss lenses. Even the 15mm is difficult to create situations where distortion is an issue.
I have not shot the Nikon 85g, but I have shot the 85 AiS and have a friend who is both a Nikonian and a die hard 85 fan. He prefers the Nikon 85 AiS version to the new AF version. If you feel that you wanted a different 85 to have in addition to your Zeiss 85, that might be a different way to go.