November 24th, 2016
I am struggling with choosing a suitable wide-angle lens to use with my Nikon D4. Being new to real estate photography, I hesitate to purchase the best/most expensive just yet. However, I am not confident that I can get by with my 24mm. When I browse real estate listings, I see so many rooms shot quite wide and, I assume, is the preference among Realtors. I have reviewed the list of lens recommendations on the PFRE site but, now my two questions are: 1) will my 24mm be suitable until I feel comfortable spending the $$$ on a $1,000+ wide lens and 2) if not, would the Nikon 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 ED be a good lens choice at the amazon price of $650? Just wrestling with whether I should wait until I can financially justify the pricier wide lens or, if I truly need wider than 24mm to even begin shooting real estate.
We’ve had some recent discussion on this subject in this July 2016 post. Here is my take on your specific question:
- Can you get by with a 24mm (effective) lens for real estate? Many people get by with a 24mm lens. I shot real estate for years (before moving to digital) with only a 24mm lens but I was shooting for my wife and she likes the look of interiors shot at 24mm. Depending on your market you are likely to encounter clients that think the wider the better and may not think 24mm is wide enough!
- Is the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ED a suitable alternative? The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 is the ideal lens for shooting real estate with your D4 but yes the 18-35mm is a very suitable alternative that is less than half of the cost of the Nikon 14-24mm.
I think the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ED would be a very safe choice for getting started. Any other suggestions?