Here's a camera lens question from a n00b on a Sunday morning...I've had a Canon Eos SLR for about 5 years and am thinking about getting a second lens. (The first is the standard zoom.) I mainly use the camera for family photos, so I'm thinking about getting a 50mm since I'm told (e.g., by +David Sifry) that it'll be great, and I've seen some beautiful photos my nephew's been taking with his Canon + 50mm (1.8). So, I'm thinking about paying about $100 for Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens.

Another friend whose camera advice I trust has suggested that I instead get a zoom that starts at 50mm, e.g., Sigma 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DC IF SLD Optical Stabilized (OS) Lens with Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), for $170. He says that although the fstop is higher, I'm unlikely to notice any difference in clarity, that it won't matter for the flash except in lower light than I'm likely to be in, and that the zoom is obviously more versatile.

Given that I am a hobbyist, viewing my photos on computer screens, and would rather not be switching lenses often, which lens (or neither) do you recommend?
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