I finally got my 800E from a local dealer..... the absolute last time I ever pre-order anything from B&H!! He talked me into trying the new 85mm 1.8. I still can't get over how sharp this lens is. Wide open it is really sharp..... not as sharp as stopped down even one stop but still really sharp. More importantly to me is that wide open it is dead even from corner to corner and side/top to side/top - no decentering whatsover. I check every lens I buy and have sent many back including Schneider Digitars..... this is the first time I have seen a consumer grade lens that is this perfect. Maybe I got the best of the lot but I would really encourage anyone looking at spending $1700.00 (which I could easily do) on the f1.4 to give this new f1.8 a test ride. I'm just absolutely blown away!!