First of all, I now realize how much I miss this forum, after like a week without it~~
Anyways, I was wondering if fellowing nikonian can help me decide. My collection of lens are limited to the following:
-18-55mm (aka, D50 kit lens) -50mm f1.8 -70-300m G
A friend of mine is heading to Hong Kong in the coming month and I will ask him to help me buy a lens there for obvious reason. I wanted a lens that will replace my D50 kit lens, a fast lens like the tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 is perfect for me. The problem with this lens is there seem to be a lot of bad copies, and because I couldn't test this lens before purchasing it, I don't want to take the risk, or should it?
The other option is to get a sharp 85mm f1.8 and keep my D50 kit lens for now... but is it worth it? since i have the 50mm already, is the extra reach worth the dollar?
Okok, perhaps i should elaborate the type of shoot i do: -Candid portrait type of shoot -Street photography, you know, take a walk downtown, photo here and there, people doing interesting things -more indoor, less outdoor -wide angle, not too important for me -70-200mm is great range for me, but a poor student like me can't afford the premium $$. -not a fan of flash photography, don't own a SB800, perhaps after using one will change my mind... LoL
28mm on DX is barely wide angle. 18mm gives you a very wide capability. You can't replace the coverage of an 18-whatever with a 28-whatever. 10mm on the wide end means a big difference in angle of view.
I recently got an 85 1.8. It's a lovely lens that offers nice shallow depth of field. It's compact, focuses quickly despite not being AF-S, and gives you some tele reach in a very bright lens. For the shooting you describe and your budget, the 85 1.8 would be a great addition.
I would take your 70-300 outside and lock it at 85 mm and see if it works for you. With it locked at 85 mm you can see if you miss the zoom when you photograph similar subjects to those you intend to with you faster 85 f1.8.