[MENTION=322858]CRACING[/MENTION] ..I bought 17-50 2.8 to replace my 18-55 ...and initially thought the same that I would take advantage of big aperture in low light.. but to tell you the truth 17-50 cant be compared to a 35mm prime ....they are wayyy different.
17-50 2.8 is a versatile lens...you can take it to party and take group pics as well as portraits ..but what 35mm prime can produce is much better
35mm will be sharp even at f2 or f2.8 and its low light performance is unbeatable..
17-50 is a compromise ..at f2.8 its not sharp enough for portraits ...but yes it can take nice wide landscapes...and bigg group photos with 10 people standing side by side which 35mm cant
18-55 is a very simple lens and its just good for a start ...but remember 18-55 have VR so you can shoot even at 1/15 shutter speed without issue...17-50 dont have VR and you have to keep the shutter speed to at least 1/30 all the time to hand hold.
Now its upto you...what you want.
I had doubt about sharpness of Tammy 17-50mm but now I'm clear about it. Thanks for the details. I will keep the kit lens for more time (or permanently because its hard to sell) and later when I require big aperture in standard zoom lens then I will look for 17-50mm VC or OS.
Seller in Ebay has reduced the lens price to 10.3k now. I sent him message asking for box, bill and warranty if any but didn't receive reply so far.
Anyway, I have decided to get 35mm and bought one from camarena.in for Rs. 9990 today evening. Actual price was 10,990 but after phonic conversations, the manager agreed to give 10% discount specially for me.
Not really a best offer I could get but the seller is trusted and authorized dealer of Nikon. I will get invoice directly from seller (unlike website generated invoice from Amazon, Paytm, Flipkart) so I don't need to worry about warranty issues.
Seller will ship the lens tomorrow and will update here once I receive the lens.