This is my first fixed/prime lens and I love it. Portraits are fantastic, as are close-ups of people. I used it to shoot a friend's dimly lit indoor wedding reception and I captured some gorgeous shots. It is a more narrow field than that of which I am used, but group pictures looked cozy with everything needing to press in together. I feel this is an excellent tool to step up your photography from the standard kit. I now leave this lens on my camera all the time.