I've had the priviledge of using the 50mm L twice in past year (a friend had rented it to shoot a video). It's been 3 weeks since I last used it, and I'm still thinking about it. I have the means to get it, but it's so expensive. $1000 more than the f/1.4 (a lens I haven't used). A family member is willing to "help me out" so it's somewhere between a gift and $1400 of my own money.
I'm an amateur with a 40d and Canon 35mm Elan II. I'm interested in doing more studio photography, but not as a career. Though I'm consistently getting better, I'm not especially good either. I've own/owned the 28-135mm, 17-50mm Tamron, and 50mm 1.8. And I've shot with a friend's10-22mm and 100-400mm L a few times. None of them compared.
The color, the bokeh, the sharpness (even at 1.2!!!), the super fast AF, everything blew me away. Was it placebo? I could always sell it for minimal loss. Maybe the 24 or 35 L would be a more useful focal length. Should I buy and test the 1.4? Or buy what I know is a fantastic lens?...
What should I do?