I'm planning to get a new lens to enjoy taking sharp photos over which my D80 Kit Lens couldn't deliver, can someone point me to any forum links here or anywhere.. where these 2 lenses were compared in terms of general use for travel photography as well as for low-light situations?
I know this is comparing apple to orange (as some might argue), and though I intend to own both someday, BUT due to a tight budget I just want to know which one to buy first. In w/c I can generally use to get clear/sharp images for both travel & low-light photography where I would also have the liberty of not bringing along a tripod with me (for convenience sake, hehe).
I have a bit of a shaky hands so shooting with my D80 kit lens doesn't give me any good photos unless placed on a tripod.
I saw reviews from Ken Rockwell's website, and in his tests he is somehow recommending 18-200VR for newbie photographers who wants sharper images. Other site reviews of this lens is quite convincing. While on the other hand, users of 50mm f/1.4 says this is the lens they love using for "general purpose" as it delivers quite sharp images in anyway & even in low-light situations than any other lenses. While still some argues 18-200VR can perform the same in low-light conditions (though in terms of DOF the 50mm 1.4 wins).
I love taking shots outdoor and also on parties/social gatherings (which is ofcourse held at night, hence the challenge for low-light shots). My question, is the all-around 18-200VR lens would be a perfect companion or this fast lens 50mm f1/4 be my angel on getting good images? Please help advice on the pros & cons of these 2 lenses in the lines: as "general-purpose lens" and for "low-light conditions."
Really tough to decide if you're on a tough budget since good glasses can somtimes cost an arm & leg, hehe.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations.