The Canon EF 28-80mm F/2.8-4.0 L USM lens is great for portrait work and street photography. Its construction has an enviable 15 elements in 11 groups to give you great shooting flexibility, while reducing aberrations. A minimum focusing distance of 0.5 m lets you get up close and personal to the subject at hand while retaining crisp, sharp images. With the eight aperture blades, you are able to control the exact amount of light you need to get the brightness you want from the f/2.8 maximum aperture. This lens easily accepts 72 mm filters that allow you the additional creativity you want and need. Couple it with a great Canon camera and you have the start of an amazing photographic journey.