Thanks for helping un-mince my words
I did actually have a fun photo day with my 5D2-owning friend - we also tried an experiment where we used the same focal length and f stop and framed the subject the same way. Naturally my E-PL1 had to be twice as far back, the result being that the bokeh in the background was twice as small.
So with a bigger sensor and the resulting wider field of view for a given focal length, you can be closer to the subject which gives you bigger bokeh. Which of course isn't what you always want, but there is a lot more flexibility there.
There are many choices for non-native fast aperture lenses out there.
Honestly.. the difference between: f/0.95, f/1, f/1.1, even f/1.2 is nominal... a "0.95" is a pure marketing push.
I don't see the value this new lens brings to the table. If it were AF, then that would be a totally different story. The market segment to which these cameras are aimed at are the typical consumer. By in large, the typical consumer will not use a manual focus lens. I think Panasonic has the right answer... high quality 100% functioning native primes for m4/3rds.
I don't have the CV 50/1.1, but I do have a Canon FD 50/1.2. It has the same issues, ghosting in strong light, soft wide-open, etc. From my reading about lenses, this is to be expected. However, it's performance in very low-light is amazing. In addition, just going to f/1.4 on this lens sharpens it up a lot....To me there is little point in owning a fast lens if it sacrifices image quality when wide open - you would be better off with a smaller, lighter, slightly slower one.
I think you will find the Mainline Photographics pricing will be the cheapest list pricing worldwide. Most of their Voigtlander stuff is well priced and stuff like the new 75mm f/1.8 and the older f/2.5 in M mount is quite appealing. It is nice to have a distributor that isn't out to rip off our relatively small market.I'm not sure why everyone is saying it's a $1000 lens. It's listed in Australia at AU$895, which translates into approx US$770 (depending on the exchange rate at the time). The cost is about on par with all the fast Voigtlanders.