So now that I have a Canon again (20D), I'm looking at which lenses I'm going to be investing in first. On my Nikon, the only lens I really used was the 50 f/1.4. I was looking through my archives and am really seeing that the 50mm on a crop really works well for me. Almost all of my best images are with the ef 50 f/1.8 II, but since I'm wanting to get into more paid portraiture work, I would feel pretty silly using that particular lens. It just doesn't seem like it would give a good impression to my clients. I am mostly happy with the lens' results though, besides maybe the bokeh.
I've been looking at the Canon 50 f/1.4, but most of what I've read about it has been on af failure. I'm all about reliable lenses if I'm paying hundreds for them, so I'm not so sure about that one. I've also looked at the new Sigma 50, but I'm not sure I want to deal with the focus issues I've heard. If I'm paying $500 for a lens, I want it to WORK.
I guess I'm just looking for suggestions on what my best options might be.
Does anyone use the ef 50 f/1.8 II for paid work, and if so, how do people react to it?
Are there any other lenses that would work well for me in this focal length?
I'm going to be getting a 85mm for the 5d I'm using at my internship...should I just go for the 50 f/1.8 for now and save until I could afford that combo for myself?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.