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Interior Lens Reccommendation

 
krisammad
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Dec 30, 2016 08:17 |  #1

I'm looking to pick up a new lens and want something that is ideal for interior real estate photos. I want best value for the money but do not want to cheap out if I should invest in the more expensive lenses. I'm currently leaning towards the Nikon 16-35 f/4 but should I invest more in 17-35 f/2.8, 14-24 f/2.8 or any other third party lenses? I'm shooting on a full frame.

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Dec 30, 2016 08:43 |  #2

A 24mm FL perspective correction lens, with shift movements at a minimum, to avoid converging verticals.
Here is a photo of the Olympus 24mm shift lens, shown in shifted position. Nikon has a very nice one, too.

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Zooms exhibit too much pincushion distortion because it is too expensive to correct well at multiple FL.

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Dec 30, 2016 09:03 as a reply to Wilt's post |  #3

I was looking into the tilt shift lenses, I'm just worried the 24mm won't be wide enough for smaller homes. Also looking for something slightly more affordable and upgrade to a tilt shift down the road.




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krisammad wrote in post #18227602 (external link)
I was looking into the tilt shift lenses, I'm just worried the 24mm won't be wide enough for smaller homes. Also looking for something slightly more affordable and upgrade to a tilt shift down the road.


I am of the mind set that use of wider FL lenses for photos might make real estate agents attract more folks to come to look, but it also means that more folks are deceieved by the apparent spaciousness and they go away with a bitter taste of deception in their mouths...it does NOT sell a home to misrepresent it as more spacious than it is!


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Dec 30, 2016 09:13 as a reply to Wilt's post |  #5

very true which is why I was not looking into anything wider than the 16-35mm as I don't want any distortion and do not want any misrepresentations. Do you currently shoot real estate and do you find 24mm is wide enough?




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Dec 30, 2016 09:24 |  #6

The TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II is all I've been using for my architectural work. I have found myself in situations in which I would have liked to have the TS-E 17mm, though.


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Dec 30, 2016 09:25 |  #7

I don't routinely shoot real estate for the purposes of promotion of homes being listed for sale. I have done architectural interiors and exteriors of buildings that have undergone extensive renovation work. Occasionally I might pull out 20mm lens, but not often. My own family room, I prefer the rendition of the space by 24mm.

Shot on APS-C with 11mm (18mm FF equiv)

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Jan 13, 2017 14:45 |  #8

Alveric wrote in post #18227635 (external link)
The TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II is all I've been using for my architectural work. I have found myself in situations in which I would have liked to have the TS-E 17mm, though.

I have the 17mm TS-E, and it's nice to have that (very) wide FL, but there are distortions at times too (and yes, the camera is perfectly levelled), I end up cropping a lot out... I may start using it on an APS-C body instead or use a 1.4x TC




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Jan 13, 2017 18:57 |  #9

TheShutterMonkey wrote in post #18243434 (external link)
I have the 17mm TS-E, and it's nice to have that (very) wide FL, but there are distortions at times too (and yes, the camera is perfectly levelled), I end up cropping a lot out... I may start using it on an APS-C body instead or use a 1.4x TC

I hear you. The TS-E 17mm is more of a lens for those 1% situations where you're really constrained. Considering its cost, it might be a better choice to go with the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM and do some cropping in post. Of course, even with a non-TS lens, the camera should still be perfectly level.


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Jan 13, 2017 20:24 |  #10

For what it is worth, you are paying for speed on the other lenses and speed is not what you need for interior, so literally your results will be similar. I am also no pro. But I shoot interiors for work for my company, and those shots are stopped down and corner to corner sharpness and large dof. I would venture to say the 16-35 f4 is perfect for what you need.


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Jan 18, 2017 23:00 |  #11

A TS lens is great for high end architectural work and could be useful in real estate if you have one available, but they are all primes and a prime on a real estate shoot represents more of a liability than an asset. Focal length flexibility is far more important than the few times that image geometry can't be corrected by careful framing and slight adjustment in post. Get a good WA zoom. As has already been said, 2.8 isn't needed but good IQ is. Hope that helps.


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Jan 18, 2017 23:05 |  #12

go for the Nikon 14-28mm 2.8, its so good Canon guys even run them.


unfortunately Tilt shift lenses are very limited and expensive on the Nikon side.


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