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Owned the complete SL1 line (75-180) and while loved them all with the exception of the 125 (never took to it), I sold them as prices peaked under assumption that a) things had gotten a bit silly and b) CV would re-issue them in SLII. That said, I did vow to replace them as they were re-released (125 excepted - preferred the Leica 100 or Mamiya 120). Also owned the CV 40 Asph and 58 SLII's and will also be replacing them in EoS - but that's another story ;>
Having also owned a large number of CY, some Hassy V and later ZF glass (35, 50M, 100M), none of the CV lenses, while VERY sharp and well corrected for CA, etc (as mentioned above) will give you that T* look of deep contrast and OOC saturation.
If you prefer the Zeiss T* look, only CY, ZF/ZE or Hassy V T* glass (also very nice on an SLR BTW), Rollei-Zeiss, etc., will give you what you're looking for. It's not so much a "German" look (e.g. Leica, Voigtlander) but a very specific Zeiss look that no one (I've seen yet) has really tried (or succeeded) in emulating. In short, if you want Zeiss rendition OOC on a less-than-Z_ budget, the only solution is adapters + ___ etc.
APO correction and resolution aside, the CV color and contrast is more akin to what you'd see from a modern Leica, or as mentioned above, one of the top Canon or Nikon lenses. I actually tested my CV 90 SL1 against my Leica 90/2 APO Asph and starting at F4, the images were indistinguishable in terms of resolution and the CV had less fringing and better bokeh (the 90AA while silly sharp and SMOOTH is known for being not as well corrected for CA or as 'buttery' as it's comparable Leica brethren). The 90AA was sold shortly thereafter.
Philber - quick question. Have an email into Stephen Gandy, but the EoS version you tried, I assume it's the same as images of the 40/2 Asph EoS I've seen - as in focus is the normal CCW (from shooter's perspective) to infinity? I'm 99.9% sure the answer is yes, but have yet to find an image OF the Canon-mount 90 anywhere.