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Longer lenses compress.  In the film days 135mm was considered a portrait lens.  Today many like the 70-200mm L lenses.  With a crop body you have to be further back due to the angle of view the crop limits you to.  If space is not an issue, you can move your subject a little further from the background and move yourself a little further from your subject, and it will all work out about the same.  If you go with a prime lens, there are several to choose from.  Canon and Sigma both make good 85mm lenses and Canon makes a superb 100mm L macro lens that is f/2.8