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6d instead of 5d3 for real estate

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Dec 08, 2015 08:54 |  #31

cccc wrote in post #17786637 (external link)
I shoot with a 6D with only one qualm: it's electronic level is lacking.

Otherwise it is a wonderful machine for getting the job done. Not once have I thought a 5DmkIII would improve my shots...

Exactly what I was thinking

I run the 6D with 17mm TS-E, and 1.4x when needed. I often shoot large buildings so the wide 17mm is used a lot. But that said the distortion is so miniaml it's a joy to use

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Dec 24, 2015 11:38 |  #32

Yeah, if you're doing exteriors without a lot of complicated lighting setups, I'd go the cheaper route (the 6D) and put the additional cash into good glass. As I understand it, the 6D doesn't have the PC plug, only a hit shoe, which is why I'm looking at the 5D mkIII instead (among other reasons).

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Dec 28, 2015 14:25 |  #33

I have been taking architectural and RE images for the last 12+ years. Many of my images are used for very large displays and in print publication. After years of chasing ultimate IQ (and NOT going into MF) I have concluded that almost any camera 16MP and above will suffice for the vast bulk of work commissioned.

I currently use 5DmkIIIs with an assortment of Canon TS lenses, zooms and a Rokinon 14 (!).
In my experience the TS lenses are wicked sharp and do a great job of in camera correction. However, in most cases the perspective issue is not severe and can be handled very quickly in post.
What I have found is that the Canon 16-35 f4 L is an amazing tool for FF and offers very high sharpness with the flexibility of the zoom that greatly speeds up shooting.

Speed is always good as many clients (even those who should know better) feel that two hours is plenty to shoot a house and get AD results.

In addition the TS lenses do not have lens profiles despite the fact that they have some small distortions (particularly the 17).If I were interested in spending more money, I would get the Canon 11-24. It has the angle of view needed for the bulk of RE work with enough slop at the wide end for significant perspective adjustment. It also has that 11mm view that will get shots that the client wants that most cannot get without stitching.

I started in digital cameras with the 10D and moved as quickly as possible to larger formats as the available wide angle lenses were few for the APS-C format. Moving to the 5D 13MP was like dying and going to heaven as my wide angle selection was now much larger. IQ improved also but never as dramatically as one might think.

Proper technique, lighting and site prep will make far more difference than almost any camera short of a phone.

Oh yeah, the Rokinon, it is crazy sharp, fast and cheap. It does have a lot of distortion but there are great lens profiles that overcome that and allow angles of view that can save your rear.

Get the 6D it is wonderful and has great IQ. A large range of excellent lenses is available for it and you can grow it into a very nice machine for your business.

I use a CamRanger for my work and it is invaluable and has greatly reduced my post production time through better light placement and details that get overlooked on a small screen. It seems the WiFi of the 6D would be a bonus in that regard.

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Jan 13, 2016 11:39 |  #34

Biff LaRue wrote in post #17715930 (external link)
Real Estate and Architecture is all about resolution. If I had the money, I'd buy the 5Ds (50MP) but I don't so I shoot the T6s (24MP) while I save my pennies. 24 mm will account for 90% of the shots so extreme lenses aren't needed unless you want a TS. Just my $.02

strongly disagree here. RE is all about the LIGHTING. You could easily get away with a very large majority of shoots with a 12+mp camera.

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Jan 17, 2016 20:59 |  #35

Biff LaRue wrote in post #17715930 (external link)
Real Estate and Architecture is all about resolution.

Who told you that..Architecture maybe yes, RE no...the biggest the largest majority of images images are going to be used for is maybe an 8x10. Most are put up on the web at less than about a waste of mp's and more importantly $$ from the photographers end...Even if an image were to be used for a billboard you do realize the dpi is something around 25-50, NOT 300. Save the money and get glass/lighting

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Feb 10, 2016 07:30 |  #36

I use a 5d2 with 17-40 f4 and get results I am happy with. I am not sure of your style but I like to get a shot that is wider than I need so that I can perspective correct the verticals for real estate shots. Sort of a cheap and cheerful version of tilt-shift if you like :)

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