So I have been given the unique opportunity to buy a new lens which I haven't done for a long, long time. To give you a little background, I've been a hobbyist photographer for the past 10 years (my first camera being a Nikon FM2 w/ a 50mm f/1.4 lens). And the last time I bought any equipment was when the D300 first came out, and along with that body I purchased a 85mm f/1.4 (I love this lens by the way.)
I've always been a "prime baby", I love 'em. I plan on becoming a documentary portrait/street photohournalist once I graduate. I have a variety of primes: 35/2, 50/1.4 (not the new one), and 85/1.4. I also had (but sold) a 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 135/2, and... Wait that's it :) -- So zoom's have never been my thing although I do have one (a 24-85/2.8-4 that sits in the bag) and have owned a couple back in the day. I started going to school for photography about a year and a half ago and I've gotten a chances to work in a studio setting, and bringing lighting equipment on location and love it.
So my dilemma is what should be my next lens? I have say, $2400 to spend and would like something nice. I thought about this for a while and I was originally set on getting the 70-200mm VRII that just came out but reading on this forum and various others, there seem to be a lot of mixed reviews on it.
The other option is to get a nice prime fisheye, the 16/2.8, and a telephoto prime, maybe repurchasing a 135/2 (the DC lens). I sold it the first time so I could buy the D300.
The OTHER other option is to get a D700... But this is really not that great of an option imho, just because I love my D300.
Oh, I guess if you would like to see some of my very recent work, http://www.flickr.com/photos/renaissancewind/sets/72157622944514922/ (a lot of the work is hidden, you'll have to add me on there to see it all.)