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hmmm. ok, i just know that its really inconvenient having the range stop and start at 50mm. I had the 55-200 nikon at one point and it was just really annoying having to switch back and forth...... with my old smaller lens. So i would rather have something more like the range of the 16-85, 24-70, or the 18-135, but i dont want to pay for the 24-70. haha
Generally primes are going to be sharper than the zooms - unless we are talking about the "pro" line of zooms; but the price reflects that.
What factors are the most important to you? Price, IQ, convenience, speed? I was never a fan of primes, but after shooting with one and seeing the results; I haven't owned a zoom in years. Primes are generally faster than zooms, so that is something to consider. In fact, I just bought a Nikon 85mm a few days ago from here.
What is your budget? D700 is a great deal right now - and supposedly has excellent/superb low light capabilities. I will be testing this next weekend