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Jun 14, 2007 23:16 |  #1

Hello everyone,

My next lens will probably be a wide angle. I need some input as to what most people might consider as the best architectural lens for real estate, homes, commercial buildings, etc...

Also depending on the input, this may serve as my landscape lens.

Share whatever you got or know about this subject.

Many thanks!


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Jun 14, 2007 23:55 |  #2

one of the TSE lenses would be usefull


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Jun 15, 2007 01:31 |  #3

I like using my 17-40 for buildings and landscapes but if your inside rooms it sometimes does not feel wide enough so this is why i have just placed an order for the 10-20 Sigma.


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Jun 15, 2007 01:40 |  #4

I use the 5D with both the TS-E24L and the 17-40L architecture and in certain instances the shifting acting of the 24L has made all the difference.
There is, however, a learning curve which will require time, patience and practice, as the exposure and DOF change when the lens is shifted.

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Jun 15, 2007 04:30 |  #5

Get the Canon 10-22mm EF-S and DxO Optics to correct the distortion.


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Jun 15, 2007 14:18 |  #6

Herbo wrote in post #3381030 (external link)
Get the Canon 10-22mm EF-S and DxO Optics to correct the distortion.

I am looking at this one, and the others from Tokina, and Sigma. Btw, what is the DxO Optic?

forno wrote in post #3380231 (external link)
one of the TSE lenses would be usefull

I don't know how they would perform on a 1.6 crop body.


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Jun 15, 2007 15:48 |  #7

sigma 12-24mm


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Jun 15, 2007 15:58 as a reply to  @ asylumxl's post |  #8

Sig 10-20 for sure. Excellent lens. Refer to this thread.


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Jun 16, 2007 02:31 |  #9

ramblingman wrote in post #3383380 (external link)
I am looking at this one, and the others from Tokina, and Sigma. Btw, what is the DxO Optic?

I don't know how they would perform on a 1.6 crop body.


DxO optic is to correct distortion and other flaws in lenses and cameras.
http://www.dxo.com/ (external link)

or here for a review:

http://www.kenrockwell​.com/tech/dxo/optics-pro.htm (external link)


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Jun 16, 2007 07:52 |  #10

ramblingman wrote in post #3380082 (external link)
Hello everyone,

My next lens will probably be a wide angle. I need some input as to what most people might consider as the best architectural lens for real estate, homes, commercial buildings, etc...

Also depending on the input, this may serve as my landscape lens.

Share whatever you got or know about this subject.

Many thanks!

On a 20D, the best architectural lens would be a 15mm TSE.

I say that rather tongue in cheek because TSE really is needed for architecture, and an 84 degree FOV is so useful to have...the 24mm TSE on a 5D would work wonderfully. (I have used a Olympus 24mm Perpective Correction lens for my OM-4 film camera for over a decade!) To get that same FOV on APS-C format requires a 15mm lens, which does not exist in TSE form!


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Jun 16, 2007 09:13 |  #11

Wilt wrote in post #3386793 (external link)
On a 20D, the best architectural lens would be a 15mm TSE.

I say that rather tongue in cheek because TSE really is needed for architecture, and an 84 degree FOV is so useful to have...the 24mm TSE on a 5D would work wonderfully. (I have used a Olympus 24mm Perpective Correction lens for my OM-4 film camera for over a decade!) To get that same FOV on APS-C format requires a 15mm lens, which does not exist in TSE form!

In this case, that means, I would need one of the UWA since there is no Tilt lens that will stretch wide enough on a crop body.

So, which do you suggest?


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Jun 16, 2007 11:49 |  #12

ramblingman wrote in post #3387007 (external link)
In this case, that means, I would need one of the UWA since there is no Tilt lens that will stretch wide enough on a crop body.

So, which do you suggest?

Any UWA on your APS-C! I have a Canon 10-22. The problem is that a wide angle shot is not necessarily an 'architectural' shot! If you fail to have the camera perfectly parallel a the time of the shot, you introduce perspective distortion that an architect did not design into the place!

Yes, there are things you can do as workarounds to not having TSE, but they all make the job more difficult. Do you try to drive Phillips screws with a flat blade screwdriver?...no, you use the tool for the job.


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Jun 16, 2007 16:00 |  #13

Wilt wrote in post #3387540 (external link)
Any UWA on your APS-C! I have a Canon 10-22. The problem is that a wide angle shot is not necessarily an 'architectural' shot! If you fail to have the camera perfectly parallel a the time of the shot, you introduce perspective distortion that an architect did not design into the place!

Yes, there are things you can do as workarounds to not having TSE, but they all make the job more difficult. Do you try to drive Phillips screws with a flat blade screwdriver?...no, you use the tool for the job.

You're absolutely right about the tool analogy. I guess until Canon comes out with an UWA TSE, I'll be stuck doing some PP with an EF-S type lens.

Got any other recommendations short of buying a FF camera? I mean shooting architecture with a crop camera is still possible right? I know there are people who do it. Thanks for the info.


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Jun 16, 2007 16:26 |  #14

ramblingman wrote in post #3388344 (external link)
Got any other recommendations short of buying a FF camera? I mean shooting architecture with a crop camera is still possible right? I know there are people who do it. Thanks for the info.

i already mentioned the sigma 12-24mm but it seems i got ignored. it's got a bit of a cult following as an architectural lens. it's also the widest rectilinear lens you can get which fits fullframe (so if you ever went fullframe you'd have 12mm!).


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Jun 16, 2007 16:55 |  #15

ramblingman:
The architectural photography I shot with my 10D and 17-40L paid for my 5D and TS-E24L.
You use what you've got when you have to get the shot.


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