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Dec 18, 2011 01:21 |  #1

I need your advice please !

I first had a Canon 7D with Canon 10-22 lens for Real Estate: excellent combo

I then upgraded my camera to a Canon 5DMkII, sold my 10-22 and got a Canon 17-40: excellent combo !

I now have a 1DMkIV, sold my 5DMkII and 17-40...and got a Tokina 11-16. I know the Tokina is not meant to be mounted onj a 1DMkIV but at 12.5 mm, there is no vignetting. But here is where it gets nasty: I get tons of lens flare...incredible amount.

I've read many reviews stating it's a great lens...but I am dissapointed in it's performance. I also find it greatly distortes the verticals and horizontals in it's corners. Yes, I can correct that in Lightroom but I find I still ahve to apply more corrections in Photoshop. I did not have to do extra workflow in photoshop when I had the 10-22 or the 17-40. The extra workflow is a definite downer !

My question: What are my options if I want to sell the Tokina and buy another lens for Real Estate Photography and using my 1DMkIV?

My Real Estate Photography situation and how it influences my choice of another lens: I work with 3 real estate agents. 2 of those sell houses between 250000$ and 500000$. The other agent sells houses between 500000$ and 1.5$ million. They have always been satisfied with my product and I don't want more agents to work with as I already have a full time job. I use Real Estate photograhy to pay for camera gear. I don't want to spend over 1000$ for a lens that I will mostly use for R/E Photography. So...what should I get ?

Thank you for your advice.


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Dec 18, 2011 06:44 |  #2

I'll sell you my 18-55mm kit lens!


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Dec 18, 2011 13:10 as a reply to  @ nitrox28's post |  #3

It's well out of your specified price range, but the 17mm TS-E would check all the necessary boxes (if it's wide enough). Alternatively, the 18mm Zeiss ZE is a solid performer at a reasonable price (still out of your stated range, however).

I have no personal experience with the Sigma 12-24, but I understand it's fairly sharp -- I've no idea on flare or distortion.


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Dec 18, 2011 14:01 |  #4

nitrox28 wrote in post #13562543 (external link)
I'll sell you my 18-55mm kit lens!

funny :)


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Dec 18, 2011 14:02 |  #5

folville wrote in post #13563678 (external link)
It's well out of your specified price range, but the 17mm TS-E would check all the necessary boxes (if it's wide enough). Alternatively, the 18mm Zeiss ZE is a solid performer at a reasonable price (still out of your stated range, however).

I have no personal experience with the Sigma 12-24, but I understand it's fairly sharp -- I've no idea on flare or distortion.

i`ll look into those. thx.


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Dec 18, 2011 14:29 |  #6

Keep in mind the Zeiss is manual focus, but that shouldn't be an issue for real estate work.


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Dec 18, 2011 14:47 |  #7

Forget lenses and buy lights

17-40 and all the lights and modifiers you can afford


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Dec 18, 2011 20:00 |  #8

folville wrote in post #13563979 (external link)
Keep in mind the Zeiss is manual focus, but that shouldn't be an issue for real estate work.

Yeah, i read that but as you mentioned, it's not an issue for R/E Photography. I'm seriously thinking about it.

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Forget lenses and buy lights

17-40 and all the lights and modifiers you can afford

Wish I could and wish I could charge the price for it but R/E agents in my area are not yet seeking that kind of photography. They are barely getting into working with a pro photog. There are R/E services that offer full HDR photography services for 75$ in my area so selling a photo shoot with lights, that will take more time than the suoperfast turnaround of HDRs is very unklikely at the moment.


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Dec 19, 2011 13:43 |  #9

Ditto on the Tokina, it flares sooo much. I sold mine after a month because it ruined three long sessions at night with awful flare from city lights.


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Dec 19, 2011 21:42 |  #10

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Ditto on the Tokina, it flares sooo much. I sold mine after a month because it ruined three long sessions at night with awful flare from city lights.

I am surprised that there isn't more people that have commented on this issue. I am really dissapointed with the lens. Shooting real estate requires shooting outside and at dawn or dusk...so lens flare is impossible to avoir with the Tokina.

I might sell it and save up for the 16-35...despite the loss of 4 mm


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Dec 20, 2011 10:58 |  #11

When shooting RE, do you guys use any special filters on your lens?




  
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Dec 20, 2011 15:48 |  #12

ChillOne wrote in post #13573818 (external link)
When shooting RE, do you guys use any special filters on your lens?

UV on at all times.

Polarizing filter when outside to cut down on reflections


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Dec 20, 2011 15:52 |  #13

I would get the 16-35mm


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Dec 20, 2011 16:13 |  #14

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I would get the 16-35mm

thats my plan


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Dec 20, 2011 16:23 |  #15

ChillOne wrote in post #13573818 (external link)
When shooting RE, do you guys use any special filters on your lens?

Never. I've been shooting RE professionally for almost 5 years now and one thing I have found....there is no need for filters. Use the hood. If the sun is in your way, then you did not plan your shoot very well. For the past 3 years I have averaged over 400 shoots per year and I have run into every possible situation there is. I can find a work around to every one of them and none of those work arounds involves a filter. Besides, unless you buy a HIGH END filter, the filter will produce more flare than the lens itself. UV filters are a complete waste of money & time for shooting RE. The only reason to ever use a UV filter is if you are in a sand storm and you want to prevent dust and sand from hitting the front element.

Check out the thread we have on shooting RE and architecture: https://photography-on-the.net …973&highlight=r​eal+estate

There is everyone from the seasoned pro to the person that just shot their first gig. Take a look through the thread and you will find more information and technique about how to be successful at RE photography than any other resource out there. We have all shared our PP techniques as well. But, the one thing we all agree on, none of use a filter for our RE shoots. There is no need to do so and more times than not, the filter will do more harm to the image than good.


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