Recently purchased a D5000 and the 70-300mm lens. I will be given a Macro lens for extreme close up, so now I am wondering what should be my next lens purchase.
My favorite subject to shoot is my new grandbaby, with shooting being indoors. Was curious about purchasing 50mm f/1.4G AF-S or something similar to the 20mm f/2.8D AF Lens, but d5000 compatible.
Portrait lens nice, landscape lens attractive, unsure what to do next.
Sort of afraid of fixed lens, but want to increase my skill...
suggestions... and the answers can be broader than the question here... But my budget doesn't allow for the $1,600 dream lenses but if somebody wants to praise them during the answer, please do so. I can always rent one of them, but my budget for purchase is under $1000 US dollars.
My answer would in part depend on which macro lens you are getting. The macro can also be quite useful for other things. Either the 60mm or 85mm AF-S macro lenses would make good short to medium telephoto lenses for a DX camera. The 60mm is f/2.8, which would give you a relatively fast prime lens for general-purpose use, though it's a relatively narrow field of view.
Since you say your budget is $1000, I would suggest the 10-24 zoom and either the 18-55 VR or the 35 DX to fill out the range between 24mm and your macro or telephoto zoom. The 18-55 gives you a good general-purpose snapshot lens, and the 35mm gives you a "normal" faster prime for lower-light situations. The 10-24 completes your focal length range for the full range of normal photographs, excluding only specialty telephotos for wildlife and high-speed zooms for sports and live performance.
While the 16-85 is a great general-purpose lens, and since I got it is probably on my camera as often as my 12-24, with your budget you can't afford both that lens and a wider one.