Upload & Sell: Off
Thank you so much for starting this thread, as I have been wanting to venture into the 50mm focal length. I've stayed away from a 50 purchase because I admit I am a pixel peeping sharpness fanatic that has been very happy with the 35L and 85L. I've even considered the unthinkable...purchasing a Sigma, but I have been concerned about the reported focus inconsistencies.
With that said, badlydrawnboy, whatever you used for #1 consider me a buyer! My hope is that you took it with the 1.4, but my gut says you probably took it with the 50L because it has been rendered sharp with smooth bokeh. I also love #4. As you so eloquently put, I often am more influenced by the subject, lighting, and overall feeling, but I do believe the lens helps!
I also agree that it would be nice if the images uploaded to this thread were between f/1.2-2.0, as wide open, or close to, is the only reason to choose this over the nifty fifty.
Looking forward to seeing how this thread progresses!