Canon 50mm 1.4 vs. 85mm 1.8 vs. 60mm 2.8 ?

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Canon 50mm 1.4 vs. 85mm 1.8 vs. 60mm 2.8 ?
Dec 2, 2009

I am looking for a fast lens for low light situations like in the theater/church/sports(maybe), where no flash is allowed. Currently have 50D + 28-135mm kit. At the same time additional use of lens is a plus: portrait and/or macro work. I've checked my last photos in the theater and most were in the 50mm-85mm range. ISO is typically at 1600. I usually have a good seat in front. Budget: aprox. $400.

I was thinking about 85mm 1.8 and maybe add a cheap 50mm 1.8 later. At the same time, will 85mm be too long for head/shoulder portrait on a crop body?

Will 50mm 1.4 be my best option? Then I can possibly crop the performers from 15mp image if I wanted a closer shot.

How about 60mm 2.8 macro, which is kind of in the middle between 50mm and 85 mm range? Will it autofocus work fast enough for moving people? Would it be a good general use lens? I don't plan to switch to FF any time soon. Macro would be a bonus.

70-200mm f/2.8 L would be perfect, but it is too expensive I can wait and save maybe for 70-200mm f/4 (non-IS) at most. But f/4 may not be fast enough for theater. How about bokeh for portraits?

To summarize my points (in order of importance):
1. Fast for low light
2. Good AF
3. Portrait
4. Would like to stick with Canon lenses

What is your general use lens for low light photography? Which one do you use in theater?
Any other lens suggestions for this scenario?

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