So, once more, I come to pick on the forum's expertise for an advice:
I was yesterday at a small concert venue here in L.A. Great, great place, very intimate, with great music. Only problem is, they tend to dim the lights quite a bit, leaving just this "red glow" behind.
I usually sit on the front row (I get there early enough!), and I really do hate popping the flash on my camera in their face (still the camera flash, not a speedlight, as I'm still in the process of figuring out which one to get). Also, the flash tends to wash out some details.
So what lens should I be looking at for things like this? On one hand, as I said, this is extremely low light. On the other, it's a concert, where people don't really remain static, so a somewhat fast shutter speed is usually a must to get pictures that are not blurred.
I tried my three Nikkor lenses yesterday (18-55 VR, 55-200 VR, and my all-manual 50mm 1.8 prime). The 50 1.8, even opening the apperture to its max, still looked very dark and unusable without flash.
And yes, I know that "good glass is expensive glass," but I'd love some great advices, and some good advices within a budget, also. :-)
Thanks once more!!!