Choosing another portrait lens

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shahar85
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Choosing another portrait lens
Nov 11, 2010

I recently bought the 550D with 18-135mm + 85mm f/1.8.
I love the 85mm f/1.8 so much that I use it more than the flexible 18-135mm.
I mostly make pictures of my family. I love short DOF and creamy bokehs.

Many times the 85mm f/1.8 isn't wide enough so I'm looking for another lens that will be used mainly inside my house.
Those are my candidates so far (prices are from Amazon):

canon 35mm f/2 304$
canon 50mm MK2 f/1.8 100$
canon 50mm f/1.4 USM 341$
sigma 17-50mm 2.8 670$

Remember the 550D is a crop camera.

Looking at pictures taken with those lenses the 50mm f/1.4 gives exactly the kind of images I'm looking for - but will it really give me a wider angle than the 85mm I already have?
How reliable is it to put my 18-135 on 50mm to demonstrate how wide 50mm is?

I didn't like the user pictures using the canon 35mm f/2, so I don't really consider it. Pity because I belive 35mm sould complete the 85mm nicely.

So I thought about the new sigma 17-50mm 2.8 but I can't find enough user images to tell if I like it or not (I'll appreciate portraits samples taken with it).

Budget is about the pirces of the lenses writen above.
So what do you think I should choose to complete my 85mm f/1.8?

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