Sharp, clean-looking photos plays a significant role in your success as a real estate photographer. With most people now doing their house-hunting online, property pictures have become even more powerful. That is why you need the best lens for real estate photography.
We’ve put together comprehensive reviews of what we concluded are the best lenses for estate photography as well as an all-inclusive guide on what to consider when choosing the best lenses.
Here are our best lenses for full-frame cameras:
If you are a Nikon full-frame camera user looking for the ideal lens that will enable you to take real estate pictures that speak for themselves, then you might want to give the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 wide-angle lens a try.
The Nikon 16-35mm f/4 has a total of 17 elements within and weighs approximately 680 grams, making it easy to carry around especially if you’re taking pictures of several rooms in a property consecutively.
The lens has a versatile focal length of 16-35mm with a 107-degree angle of view, allowing you to capture most of a room in a single, sharp, and well-defined photo. What’s more, its zoom ring allows you to easily rotate from 16 to 35mm and vice versa, allowing you to easily zoom in and out of your space of focus.
The lens also features a Nano Crystal coating that protects it against flare, therefore, preventing the lowering of the overall contrast of your pictures. Its autofocus performance is accurate and fast even in low light conditions. This will help you take clear and high-quality images of areas around the property that have poor lighting.
Its vibration reduction (Image Stabilization) significantly reduces the effect of shakes and unwanted movements of your hands. This enables you to get clear and sharp shots of the spaces within a property without having to use a tripod.
If you are a Canon DSLR camera user on a tight budget looking for a lens that has a perfect combination of value and exceptional functionality, then the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens might be what you have been looking for.
Weighing approximately 615 grams, you can easily carry it around when shooting different rooms on a property. If you’re shooting outdoors, this lens has a robust structure and is weather sealed, enabling it to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Like the Nikon 16-35mm f/4, this lens has a versatile focal length range of 16-35mm, with a 108-degree angle of view. This allows you to take clear and well-defined images of wider spaces, with more background showing, making them more professional and appealing.
It also has a nice and wide focus ring, that can easily be adjusted manually. The closest focus is approximately 28cm throughout the focal length range, which is great if you want to take wide-angle close-up pictures of a particular space inside or outside the property.
Like Nikon 16-35mm, the autofocus performance is exceptional even in low light conditions, enabling you to take clear and sharp shots of rooms with poor lighting. This lens also features the same Image Stabilization, which enables you to take smooth and blur-free pictures while hand-holding.
Another great option is the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 lens. One of its highlights is its impressive focal length range with an ultra-wide angle of view, enabling you to take clear and well-defined images of wider spaces.
This lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 which remains constant throughout the zoom range, allowing you to get high-quality images even in spaces with poor lighting conditions.
Both the zoom and focus rings work with smooth precision, for maximum accuracy while shooting. Its Ultrasonic Silent Drive Motor enables the lens to focus both quickly and silently.
Just like the Canon EF, this lens also comes with the Image Stabilization feature that reduces unwanted shakes and movements of your hands. This enables you to get clear and blur-free images, without necessarily using a tripod.
Tilt-shift lenses eliminate distortion, making images look as realistic as possible. We recommend the following:
The Nikon PC NIKKOR is a favorite among real estate photographers because it not only captures high-quality images at wide angles but it also supports tilt and shift adjustments. This enables you to take pictures of properties while keeping the lines completely vertical making them look as professional as possible.
It has a maximum focal length of 19mm with 97 degrees angle of view. With this, you will be able to have a large depth of focus when capturing wide images of the spaces all while keeping the background in focus.
Like the Canon EF and Tamron SP, this lens has an adjustable focus ring that allows you to manually adjust the focus of the images to your liking. However, due to the tilt and shift adjustments, the lens omits autofocus which is quite a disadvantage.
Unfortunately, it also does not come with an Image Stabilization feature like the Canon EF, so you need to use a tripod to shoot quality images.
The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Ultra-Wide Tilt-Shift Lens promises a wider range of lens movements, unparalleled perspective control, and sharpness; making it one of the best tilt-shift lenses for real estate photography.
The lens features a maximum focal length of 24mm with an impressive 84 degrees angle of view. However, if you would like to make the spaces look a little bit wider than they actually are, then this lens will be a disappointment.
The lens features tilt and shifts adjustments which enable you to level and reframe the camera to capture everything, especially if you are taking pictures of spaces with high ceilings, all while keeping the parallel lines completely vertical. This enables you to capture images that are sharp and wide enough yet not too wide to make them look unrealistic.
However, just like the Nikon PC NIKKOR, it does not have autofocus or the Image Stabilization feature so you need to use a tripod to shoot.
Wide-angle lenses enable you to capture a wider view of the space you’re shooting while being able to get the entire space into a single shot. In this category, we recommend the following:
Combining an ultra-wide angle with a constant maximum aperture of f/4, the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR is a versatile wide-angle lens ideal for real estate photography.
It has a wide focal length range of 12-24mm which is the perfect spot for both interior and exterior real estate photography. Its maximum aperture of f/4 provides consistent light transmission throughout the zoom range, enabling you to capture high-quality images.
However, this aperture makes shooting in spaces with low lighting conditions quite a hassle.
The lens features a super integrated coating that eliminates flare, internal reflections, and ghosting. This enhances the images’ contrast and color, especially when shooting spaces with strong lighting conditions. Its Silent Wave Motor offers fast and quiet autofocus performance for easier operation.
With a focal length range of 17-40mm, the Canon EF will be able to capture dramatic images that emphasize the space while keeping the background in focus and attractive.
Its constant maximum aperture enables you to have enough light throughout the entire focal length. What’s more, it is also ideal for shooting tight spaces. However, images taken in spaces with poor lighting conditions may not come out as good because of its maximum aperture.
The lens features an Ultrasonic motor that offers fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus performance. Manual focusing and zoom control are easy thanks to its focus and zoom rings that are well designed, turn smoothly, and are nicely damped.
This lens also eliminates flare very well, resulting in excellent color and contrast of the images taken. Finally, while the lens is also very sharp at the center. it tends to fade away at the corners.
Another lens that ticks off everything you are looking for in a wide-angle lens is the Sigma 12-24mm f/4D G HSM Art Lens. This lens maintains an excellent image quality with a wide maximum viewing angle.
The focal length range of 12-24mm enables you to shoot wide spaces while keeping the background and other far-off objects within the frame in focus. What’s more, it also allows you to shoot clear and well-defined images of tight spaces.
This lens also has a moderately wide constant maximum aperture that allows adequate light to reach the sensor, making the shutter speeds shorter while still preventing the items in the space you are shooting from looking smaller in the frame.
The lens also produces images that are very sharp at the center of the frame, although it tends to drop off at the corners. It also resists backlighting and flares really well, enabling you to get great quality images of spaces with strong lighting conditions.
The best lenses for real estate photography have a good combination of focal length, aperture, and the right type of lens for your specific needs.
Let’s look at some of these features below.
You have probably noticed by now that a lens focal length is important when it comes to real estate photography. The focal length dictates how much of a scene you are able to fit in the frame and capture.
For real estate images, typically the lower the focal length number the better. This is because it provides you with a wide-angle of view, allowing you to capture clear and well-defined images of wider spaces. It also allows you to capture small spaces like bathrooms.
We recommend choosing a lens with a focal length that does not zoom in too much, which could prevent you from capturing everything.
While this is still a controversial issue in real estate photography, choosing the best lens for you largely depends on your preferences and goals. Let’s take a look at why different types of lens are important for real estate photography.
A lens’ aperture refers to how wide it stays open when you take a picture. So, the wider the lens open, the lower the aperture value. When choosing the ideal lens for real estate photography, go for one that has a relatively low maximum aperture value.
This is because the lens will be open enough to allow more light to strike the sensor, enabling you to take high-quality pictures of spaces with poor lighting conditions.
The maximum aperture also determines the depth of field of a picture. Experts recommend going for a lens that has a maximum aperture value that is a bit high, which results in a shallower depth, more focus, and of course excellent images.
We can all agree that there is probably no other piece of your photography kit that affects the quality of your real estate images other than the lens. Hopefully, this detailed guide will give a good place to start when it comes to choosing the best lens for real estate photography.