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What Is The Most Popular Equipment For Real Estate Photography?

November 28th, 2011

When I did the post yesterday on “What are the top selling DSLRs?” I planned to do a post today with a poll on what the most popular wide angle lenses real estate photographers are using. Suzanne Feinberg convinced me to add a poll to is to find out which DSLRs are most popular with real estate photographers. So what I’ve done is listed all the wide angle lenses below that I have in my lens recommendation page and I’ve compressed the DSLRs I have in my camera page to a bunch of cameras and categories of cameras. I think I have a category for everyone to vote in, you can’t find the gear you use on these two polls let me know, I think I can add categories without loosing all the votes. The point of this is to give us all some insight into what gear is most popular with real estate photographers. After, this post rolls off the front page I’ll add the polls to the polls page.

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18 Responses to “What Is The Most Popular Equipment For Real Estate Photography?”

  • I’m still using Canon 40d. Perfect for me, I have 3 now. Buy them on Ebay use them for a while and sell them 😉

  • 5d, 5d2 or 1d3 with 17mm ts or 17-40.

  • Oh .. it’s a Canon 24 Tilt Shift 🙂

  • I use the Canon 24mm TS-E and a 5D. Too bad there’s no 5D option on the body poll.

    I’m surprised so few people actually use TS lenses for real estate… it blows the mind.

  • I’m shooting with two Canon 40ds and have a point and shoot for the Pole Pixie.

  • Great poll Larry. I too use the TS-E but in no way would it be my primary lens.

  • For those that are trying to choose a lens: While I “voted” the Tokina 11-16, I should point out that I “upgraded” from the 12-24, but will switch back to another Tokina 12-24 as soon as I’m able. I’ve tried 5 different copies of the 11-16 and it isn’t what it’s hyped to be; my 12-24 was sharper, with less distortion and CA, plus it has a much more practical focal range (I didn’t didn’t think I’d miss it, but I do).

  • The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM, but it’s not on the list.

  • I use both a Nikon D90 and a D700. Which one depends on what I’m trying to do and what the end medium will be. The D90 is usually coupled with a Nikkor 12-24mm. For the D700, I just switched from my old dependable 20-30mm f/2.8 to a new Nikkor 16-35mm f4 (not yet in the voting list) which is very sharp but has some barrel distortion at the wide end which needs correcting.

  • Nikon d80 – not on the list 🙂

  • While there’s obviously a lower limit on gear, ultimately the least important thing there is, is “what kind of camera do you use.” Who cares?! I could make my photos on any of the bodies listed above. The single most important item is the human being behind the camera. That trumps all the gear in the world.
    Lenses are another matter….

  • Full frames are nice, but the general viewing sizes will work great for a 1.x crop user. I’m a D200 shooter and it (the body) looks “pro” enough to the client agent and is $400-$600 use; makes a cheap exact duplicate back up. Plenty of lens choices in FX and DX. As mentioned, it’s not the lens/body, but the body of work produced by the lensman.

  • I used to use an Olympus E520 with an Olympus 11-22 lens.
    Just upgraded from an Olympus E520 with an Olympus 11-22 lens to a Sony Alpha 55 with a Tokina 11-16 lens. I like it. Not only takes great pictures, but the autofocusing HD Video is nice since I take moving videos inside and outside and the neighborhood.
    I bought my new Sony DSLR at a camera store (Newtonville Camera, Newton, Mass.)
    Right away I was very unhappy with the major CA. It was so severe that all my early videos were not usable. Several experts said it was my lens—not good enough?
    Finally I took it back to the store and the sales guy looked at it for 30 seconds and declared that he had never seen such bad chromatic aberration and that the camera had major manufacturing defects. They took it away and immediately gave me a brand new camera body. I think this points out the real value of buying camera equipment from a real camera store. I had checked a lot of online sites and did not find any that had this camera at a lower price. I did have to make 2 trips to this store—but it was well worth it.

  • I just got the Canon 10-22mm and absolutely love the results I’m getting with it.

  • Excellent results from my Canon 7D with Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 Could not ask for anything better for both pics & Video. I’ve been using it for 2 years without a hic-cup and I have scores of recommendations from Agent clients. The money is there in readyness for a purchase of a yet to be released Canon 5D Mark 111 but I’m wondering, why bother? Will my results go up to another level or is it just a desire to own a highly prized Photographic Aristocrat?

  • I recently started using a Samsung NX100 mirror less camera. Can’t beat the size and weight. Just need to get a wider angle lens!

  • we use the 5D markII and we think it’s almost too overpowered for the real estate sales industry and the 60D would be more than fine but we also do a lot of shoots for builders so the 5D is fantastic for that.

    cheers Grant

  • 5D MkII & 14 rectilinear
    5D MkIII & 24TS

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