January 13th, 2017
I was wondering if there was any benefit to the different Canon EF 16-35mm Lens. I use the f/4L now, but I was just wondering if there was any benefit in upgrading to the 2.8L III.
Also, I am considering the new Canon 5D Mark IV. Has anybody noticed how much of an improvement that one is for picture quality vs. the Canon 5D Mark III for real estate purposes.
I can certainly identify with wanting to upgrade to this new gear since my Canon gear is older than Diana’s. I have a Canon 5DMarkII and the original 2003 version of the 16-35mm f/2.8.
I can’t answer your questions for sure because I haven’t gotten my hands on either of these items but here are my guesses on the subject based on reviews:
- I think the improved specification that will be noticeable in real estate shooting is that the 5DMarkIV has slighting better dynamic range than previous 5D models. 1.9EV better than the 5DMark III according to DXOmark. This comparison also shows the low light performance for the 5D Mark IV to be significantly better.
- My motivation for upgrading to a 5DMark IV would be all the other general photography features like GPS, Wi-Fi, touch screen, autofocus tracking, and being able to use all my Canon glass; not any improvement in real estate photo quality.
- With the 16-35mm f/2.8 III you may be able to tell the sharpness difference but your agent clients are not likely to notice the difference.
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that for those that may be obsessive about image quality that while both of these new pieces of Canon gear have big improvements from previous versions they are not the best available. Most reviews indicate that the Nikon D810 and the Sony A7RII both have slightly better image quality.
I also need to point out that while many real estate photographers use this upper-end camera gear it is not required to do high-quality real estate photography. This example by Wayne Capili illustrates the kind of real estate results that can be had with gear that is a fraction of the cost of high-end gear.