I'm currently considering buying the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens as a second lens for my Nikon D3100. A lot of people suggest that I go with a telephoto zoom lens as my second, but I disagree because I believe it is a very personal choice. I love shooting indoors and in low light settings, and the kit lens (18-55mm) really struggles in these conditions. A telephoto zoom is nice, but it's also more expensive and I don't think I will use it as much as a 35mm prime.
Before I make the purchase, I have a few questions:
I didn't see any 3rd party alternatives that looked good at the price point offered by Nikon. Have I missed any worthy alternatives, or is the Nikon model the clear champion?
I am going to purchase the lens on Amazon because I have gift cards to use. However, I am concerned about shipping a delicate lens. If I opt to buy one used, do I add a lot of extra risk of damage during shipment?
Is there any point to waiting for sales? Do sales on lenses even exist? (I don't think they do because of the cost of production and lifetime usefulness)