I just discovered a marvelous sticky about lenses. And I promise I've been reading all kinds of stickies (how I missed it, I don't know)! I'll spend a few hours going through the sticky and save you all from repeating yourselves. And thank you to those who responded, I really appreciate it!
I have had my 30d and my 50mm 1.8 for a year now. I absolutely love the body and the lens. So much so, that I've been reading various posts on this forum for a couple days now trying to decide which lens to make for my next purchase (I recently purchased a 430 ex II flash to begin experimenting w/more than natural light, also).
My major dilemma lies in that my dream is to move into professional photography: knowing that, how do I spend my money? Should I go for the less expensive lenses, such as a 85 1.8, or purchase an "L". I have been 2nd shooter for two weddings (using my 50 and then using main photographer's lenses) and had the pleasure to take a couple's engagement photos. All other photography have been mostly of my children and family.
I would love some help thinking this through. I have even debated taking a day trip to B&H in hopes of being able to see a lot of glass in one place and get a feel for the various focal lengths and what they offer.
Although I could spend the money to purchase a higher end lens, it would at least another year before I could afford any other equipment. That is, w/o making any income from photography. Which, is a whole other issue I need to research and figure out.
Another question, is that sometimes I feel like I can only get so much from my 1.8. I know in certain situations that my photos will be amazing, but I feel like other photos look flat and bland. I know there are many variables, but I look at some amazing portraits on here and know that although some of my could come close, there is a certain incredible crispness that mine lack.
I look forward to hearing your insight.