RF 35mm vs EF 50mm an economics question. Does it REALLY offer that much for the money?

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RF 35mm vs EF 50mm an economics question. Does it REALLY offer that much for the money?

I know that people will immediately jump in and tell me the RF 35mm is better. But, one topic rarely approached is, when is something “good enough”.

I recently bought the RP with 24-105mm f/4-7.1. Then I bought the adapter for my EF 50mm f/1.8. It’s a perfect light weight walk around combo. And I paid less than $900 for everything. (Which is still a lot for me).

Then I saw the 35mm. I had always preferred a slightly wider FOV. My zooms tend to start at 16 or 17mm and the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake was a favorite prime. It had great reviews, most preferred it over the 50mm for versatility. Some even argued it was sharper than the L or ART versions, and it was image stabilized. But, it was $500. And, for me, that’s a LOT. Even if, by experienced photography standards, it’s considered cheap (“affordable”) for a lens.

Then my dad gave me $200 for my birthday with a note reading “enjoy yourself”. So I got greedy, pulled another $300 from my private photography fund, and bought it.

For two days it sat in the box. Then I took it out to try it.  
It’s small, light, fast, sharp, and I have been second guessing it since I bought it Monday.

Is it really worth $500?
Does it really bring that much improvement to the table?
Is it $500 better than my EF 50mm?
Does the extra 15mm of FOV that I gain over the 50mm, or the macro function add THAT much for the money?

OR, should I just return it, be happy with the RF 24-105mm and the adapted 50mm? If I NEED 35mm FOV, should I just shoot with the zoom at 35 f/4.5 or back up a few more feet with the 50mm and save $500 for another day?

Canon EOS Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D)
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