May 27th, 2015
I am a Realtor with an Olympus E-500 digital camera and interested in taking interior photos. There are two lens you recommend. The 7-14mm f4 and the 11-22mm f2.8. Big price difference between the two. Is there a big different in the photos and is it noticeable? I am not a pro but do want to take some nice interior photos on my listings.
First of all, the Olympus sensor size makes the focal length multiplier for these lenses 2.0 which means the 7-14mm is effectively a 14-28mm lens and the 11-22mm lens effectively a 22-44mm lens. The other important fact is that the sweet spot for shooting interiors is around 24mm (effective). That is, 24mm is wide enough to show interior spaces well but not so wide images have strange, distracting perspective distortions.
The 7-14mm is twice the price of 11-22mm and the quality is better but probably not twice as good. The added cost is to get that ultra-wide-angle. My experience is that you can get buy very nicely with the 11-22m since it with hit the sweet spot of 24mm and go slightly wider. For many years, before I moved to digital, I shot listings with a fixed 24mm and was very happy with the results. Just be aware though that the 11-22mm will not give you that ultra-wide-angle views that the 7-14mm will give. Some Realtors like this ultra-wide look but many readers here will argue that not being able to go too wide is a good thing.
Is there anyone that has experience with both of these lenses?