I recently picked up a new Canon EF 35mm f/2, an inexpensive prime lens that, when used on my Canon 7D (a 1.6 filed of view crop factor sensor), makes the 35mm lens as close to a "normal" lens as is possible for my camera. A normal lens is one which gives you basically the view through the view finder that you see with the unaided eye, looking at your subject.
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.
Chris Kiez, a hardcore photographer since the 80's, learned to take a picture before the age of selfies and cell phone photography, training on mechanical cameras and film. After years of taking photos of all manner of subjects and people, he did over a 10 year stint as a crime scene photographer on two continents. Now, he does portrait and landscape photos, and is currently distressing the world with his relentlessly, excruciatingly boring blogging. To buy what you see on this site, click here!