2. With 35mm on APS-C body, you would be forced to shoot from 9' away to capture a 5.7' x 3.8' area in the viewfinder. A 7' shooting distance will only capture a 4.4' x 2.9' size area.
I haven't found distance to the subject a problem for indoor shots. This was shot with a 30d and a 35L (that's an 8 1/2' tree and one of my teenaged granddaughter).