This lens is hands down my favorite prime lens for portraits. At 85mm on a full frame body, you are able to maintain a ‘talking’ distance with your subjects, which I found non-existent with the 105mm focal length. You do have to move your feet to get the perfect composition, but the f/1.8 aperture is unmatched when comparing it to whats available in zoom lenses. All in all, I still prefer the 50mm for everyday situations, but when it comes to portrait (outdoor) photography, this 85mm is phenomenal to use.
Here are some pics using my sister as a model, and of course, a bonus picture of Buzz the yellow lab 🙂
This picture of Buzz really shows off the awesomeness of f/1.8. The depth of field is so shallow, that focusing on his nose makes even his eyes out of focus.