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My belief is that if I'm going to invest in a fast lens I really want to take advantage of that speed. Yes, I'll stop down if necessary, but I'm more inclined to look for situations where I can do a bit of bokeh play as I did in this shot with the 55 f/1.2 S.C. AI'd wide open. I've posted it before but it makes my point.
One of the reasons I'm fond of the 55 is that is very seldom produces the more jagged bokeh I can get with the 50 f/1.2 AI-s. With that lens I'm aware I get critical sharpness at f/2 and smoother bokeh, so that is where I most often shoot with that lens. But the 55 lets me play when I want to. Jay's shot above with his 55 makes the point as well. I appreciate, of course, that not every copy of any given lens is equal, so perhaps your 55 gets in trouble wide open. But I would definitely give it a chance. Again, bokeh play isn't for everyone but Ray and I happen to be suckers for it...