Hi guys. I've shot with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens on my Nikon D3100 for several years now and feel like I've exhausted all I can do with it. Looking for a new lens where I can play more with depth of field and expand my skill. I'm very much an amateur. Budget is $500--realize this isn't much (blame the watch hobby). I shoot mainly my timepieces and cars.
Thinking about the 50mm f/1.8 AF-S prime lens for around $220 new. I hear nothing but good things about the sharpness and large aperture providing soft bokeh. I guess it's also a great lens to continue learning? Any thoughts on this? I'm not well versed in glass as I've held onto my kit lens for so long! Any recommendations welcome. Some of my shots: