Richgsr wrote in post #17372006
As I've stated, I'm also going to get the Yongnuo 50mm 1.8 so getting a 60mm lens didn't really make much sense.
Any thoughts on third party lenses?
The 50 1.4 is known to be soft wide open. I can't think of a prime that ISN'T softer wide open than stopped down. The 50 1.4 is a better lens in every respect (except cost) than the 50 1.8 II. If the YN 50 1.8 is a rip-off (it is) of the Canon equivalent, you will be throwing it against the wall and ordering another 50 1.4 shortly. The Canon version of the 1.8 has slow, noisy, inaccurate focusing. I don't look for something cheaper to be any better.
If you are going be shooting a crop camera, the efs 60mm f/2.8 Macro is one of the best portrait lenses you can get. Hey, it does macro, too. I had the 60 on crop. I had the 100 2.8 on crop and full frame. Of the three setups (apsc/60, apsc/100, ff/100, the 60 on apsc will give you the best results for portrait work. If the macro you are shooting is still life (not living things), the 60 wins again because it has deeper DOF at the same settings as the 100 on either crop or ff.