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The 50 1.8 is an awesome and sharp lens, but the focus speed will be a little slow. But for the price, you can't beat them.
On a DX body, you might want to consider the 35mm f/1.8 prime lens. It all depends on what you shoot, but I think the 35mm is perfect on a DX body, while the 50mm is a little bit tight. You can easily experiment by setting your kit lens to 35 and then 50 mm and see which view you like best.
The 35mm is super fast and super sharp and super light. It's really a nice lens to just walk around to take pictures of people. I'm sure the 50mm version is just as nice.
As for the 70-200mm vs the 70-300mm, Matt answered it really. The only two reasons I would pick the 70-300mm over the 70-200mm is if you need your lens to be light (and cheaper) and if you are going to be doing wildlife photography from very far away. 300mm on a DX camera becomes 450mm on full frame which is very very long. The benefit of the 70-200mm on DX is that you get a very versatile, 105mm-300mm in full frame terms which will cover a wide range of situations. If the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II is too pricey, I'd take a look at the f/4 version (if you don't need f/2.8 ) or try and find a second hand version I f/2.8.
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