Thank you so much for your insight!
I think I have made a decision to go with the f/1.8 lens based on the information you presented…it just makes more sense at this point. I’m in the process of getting a portrait photography business started and definitely need an upgrade! Three families have come out to our property for their first free session (I’m practicing on them 🙂 ) and I’ve been trying to achieve the desired bokeh with my 55-200mm and the subjects end up too blurry, which is why I want to get a 50mm. It is always so disappointing to capture a great pose, only to zoom up and find that it’s partially blurry! I desperately want to correct that!
I did see the post about the 50mm Canon lenses by Shiloh Photography and it was a very helpful post as I was searching for answers. Her comment on the f/1.4 drove me to ask everyone else what they think about the two lenses, as I was a bit unsure. I didn’t want to spend a bundle if I didn’t really need to.
By the way, I’m very glad to hear that B & H Photo is one of the best places to get camera gear; I just stumbled upon it one day when I was looking for a refurbished camera and ended up getting a really good deal on all of my equipment. It pays to shop around for the best price. 😉
Thanks again for your quick response!