Got my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 AF-S lens a few days back. I'm thoroughly impressed with it. I did not realize how much difference a f/1.8 makes when compared to a f/3.5. Here's a typical, really blurred out background. In this case, the candle holder lady is just a couple of feet away from the most comfortable recliner in the whole wide world.
I have been using this as my primary lens these days. I'm not sure how it would fare when used for landscape and nature photography. Might take it out for a shoot one of these days. It has been a long time since I've been on an outdoor photo shoot.
Family and work priorities have taken up most of my time but that is an excuse in the best sense. I can always make time to do what I really want to do. I still play tennis for a couple of hours every weekend. There is no reason why I cannot find an hour during dawn or dusk (more likely dawn) to go do some shooting.