I've recently been looking into getting a better lens for portrait photography. I want better clarity and more bokeh then what my current lens has to offer. I initially was drawn to the 50mm f/1.8 so I went to my local camera retailer to try it out today. The photographer/manager told me that it's not a portrait lens and he suggested the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 or the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8. I actually tried all 3 out on my camera to get a feel and I liked the 70-200. However as I continue to read up on other lenses I get more and more confused. I was looking at the 85mm f/1.8 tonight too. What lens would you suggest? I guess I am looking for some answers to my lens questions or maybe a different suggestion (to make me more confused--j/k) Oh yes, I am looking to spend under $800.