Other primes like the 50 mm and the 85 mm are great for portrait work, but require that you stand back some distance from your subject, a considerable liability when shooting indoors or in a confined area. So, I picked up a 35 mm for portrait work. Not a great lens for close views of the face (distortion), but for overall full figure shots, its ideal. I'll do a more in depth review later, but here are a few quick shots to show the lens's ability with respect to background blur (bokeh), sharpness, color saturation and overall lens feel. It certainly has weaknesses, but at the price I can't complain.