I own and use the Nikon 55mm f/3.5 macro and the 50mm f/1.4. Many times when I have been shooting close-ups and macro with the 55, I also needed to use it for general shooting. As long as there was enough light, the 55 has performed very well as a general-purpose lens; even at infinity focus.

On the other hand, the last two times I was in extended travel status, I carried my 50mm f/1.4 and not my 55mm macro because I thought I would be doing a lot of low-light shooting and no close-up and/or macro shooting. I was wrong. I did need the fast 1.4 for low-light shooting but I also needed to shoot macro and close-up subjects that the 50mm was able to handle.

Next time, I will carry both lenses or at least carry a set of supplemental close-up lenses with the 50mm f/1.4.

However, in answer to your request for advice or opinions, here is what I recommend (in order of priority) for your situation:

1. 50mm f/1.8 or f/2 (great low-cost normal lens for general shooting)
2. 50mm f/1.4 (if needed for shooting under dimly lit conditions)
3. 55mm f/3.5 (if primarily needed for macro and close-up shooting)

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