Other than my 18-55 kit lens (which has been gathering dust since I got my prime lens) the only lens I've been using with my camera is a 50mm prime. Not too long ago I ordered my first non-kit zoom lens, a Tamron 28-75mm zoom. I picked it up used for less than $200.00 so I didn't have any sort of crazy quality expectations going into it. I think the lens is more of a "you get what you pay for" sort of thing rather than a "bang for your buck" purchase. I'm not planning on using this lens for street shooting, it makes my camera heavier and it's pretty big and conspicuous. The primary reason I bought it was for indoor events and conventions. It has a constant aperture of 2.8 so it can perform a lot better in low light than my kit lens which can only go down to 4.5. I'd also like to test it out for portraits, but so far I just did some outdoor nature shots. Along with a new lens I also purchased a prism. I'm looking forward to using it in my portrait shoots. Here are some images, all taken with the new lens, some using the prism.
Since the images aren't the sharpest with the lens I think it'll really force me to have strong composition in my shots. There's pretty visible chromatic aberration on a lot of shots as well. I think if I'm able to compose good shots and process images with stylistic ideas in mind I'll be able to make the most of the lens. At the end of this month I'll have indoor shots to show off, hopefully some portraits as well.