Thanks for all your good advice folks.
I'm interested in buying an everyday walk-around prime lens that would be inexpensive, light and unobtrusive (on my Canon 500D) and might be good enough to be used on the elusive 'next' camera.
(I have the 18-200mm zoom which is good but its neither light nor unobtrusive).
My thoughts are Canon 35mm f2 vs 50mm f1.4 vs ?
I know the 50mm 1.8 is super light and cheap but I'm prepared to go a step up from that.
Thanks again - i really appreciate the time and effort in answering.
On a crop camera? 35f2. Other than portraits when is an 80mm equivalent lens all that useful? 35 is a better focal length for me on FF but old Henri did pretty well with a 50 so I'd say that's a push. Quality is a push. Build is a push. So which focal length you want to use on your 500D?