Excerpt: Never been a huge fan of the 50mm view but at this price I figured why not. After seeing the results I am glad I purchased it. While I still don't love 50mm lens I do like this one a lot. It's sharp, light and inexpensive. At $ this thing practically demands to be in your bag.
Excerpt: With this lens I don't need to worry about a midrange zoom or performance in low light. It will really teach you about photography and what you can see with your own eyes. Get yourself a wide angle zoom and/or a telephoto zoom but this lens should cover most if not all of your shooting needs.
Summary: A no brainer, just get one. On a D7100 this lens captures an amazing image in near dark conditions. It is crystal clear, handles depth of field possibilities superbly, and portraits are as good as you'll ever need. Spend $1000 if you must; for 99% of us your images won't be any better than this lens produces.