There are all kind of portraiture. Very likely becuase I like to take portraits of weddings in nature the most (or the fact that my at home play studio is in a room in the basement and is about 10 X 10 in size), just the face would not be good enough. Standing back 10 feet to squeeze a face into a picture is still limiting. I always see portraits in my head as being 2 or more poeple and 1/2 or more of their bodies in the shot. Try to do that in a small reception hall with the B&G... its a challenge, I will say that. As I said, there are times to use it... and times that there are better options. Thats not a slight towards the lens, trust me. Of course you could take a portrait of a single face from the neck up (at 10 feet away)... thats a portrait too, just not my idea of what I would want out of a portrait. As to my shot, it was taken at 70mm and you are only seeing about 1/3rd of the case in the pic. If you have the lens, you have the cover... and you know how long those suckers are.