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Overview of Sony A7III, Canon 17mm Tilt Shift & SunwayFoto L Bracket for Real Estate

Published: 17/11/2018

Larry Lohrman

3 comments on “Overview of Sony A7III, Canon 17mm Tilt Shift & SunwayFoto L Bracket for Real Estate”

  1. I see no one has commented. I was hoping for experiences of other photographers on this. I was hoping for a bit more close ups of how the tilt shift actually functioned but gather it raises and lowers the front elements rather than actually tilts the lens forward or back. On a view camera, of course, the front standard does both as does the back. The idea being to get the film/sensor plane at the same plane as the verticals of the subject matter which on a standard 35mm camera would mean the foreground is enlarged while the top of the building is cut off. Raising the front elements, I imagine, would bring in the top of the shot and reduce the coverage of the bottom of the shot. Saves time in post. But frankly I don't find it takes much time is post to do this and in seeing the image on the big monitor, I find I am able to do this very accurately, whereas with my old eyes, trying to do the same on a small viewing screen does not work so well even with an external monitor like the FreeWorld that I use for video as well as stills. And you have to correct for lens distortion anyway. But having used a view camera for many years, I am interested in all things to do with correction of images.

    Since almost all my work these days is RE, I find the Sony A 6500 is more than adequate and almost never shoot vertical shots. So I really don't need an L bracket either. Nor a $2,000 body. If I was shooting commercial and advertising photography like I used to, I certainly would want the Sony A 7III body.

    But it is the Sigma extension adaptor that does interest me. Since I moved from using my Canon 80D (that I still find easier and faster to use for stills) I want to be able to use my tele zooms from my Canon series on the Sony but did not know which of the various adaptors would be the best to use. I am hoping someone will verify that the Sigma AF to E mount works well with Canon lenses. This video has the feel of a paid ad for the various products. So if anyone has personal experience with any of the products mentioned here, I would like to hear.

  2. @peter I can't speak to any of the other equipment mentioned but as for the tilt-shift: Once you have one you'll wonder how you could have ever gotten along without it. True, you can correct bad lines in post - but after you get used to a TS-E... you'll look at lots of photos and know; "that was a sloppy photo that has been corrected in post". Using a T/S is really just a whole 'nother look (and most images won't be perfect btw, so you'll still need to correct them in post- a tiny bit). But to me the best thing about a tilt/shift is the initial composition on location... You'll just 'see' things you want to display, well, better. Some people think it takes longer but I disagree. And if you're straightening crazy-wrong photos in post that takes a while too (most of the time you can forget about LR 'auto' if you want them really straight). Also if you're doing the fake/tilt-shift/crop thingy in post, there's another time consuming project.

    I use a 24 and 17 TS-e every day for real estate. When I try a 'normal' lens for some reason, it's always just a reminder to me how much I love the T/S.

  3. @Peter, the Canon TS lenses will tilt, but it's the shift that you will use a lot on interiors. You can pick a POV in a kitchen that gets you above the counters and shift down to get less ceiling. I just rent TS lenses every once in a while for certain projects. They are not cheap to buy and since I'm not that competent with one, it slows me down. That's not a bad thing sometimes, but other times I need to limit my time on-site because there is an agent or owner there tapping their foot.

    Rich's set up is too rich for my market. I also like to have backups of my gear which is usually the body I'm replacing being demoted to backup duty. If I were to jump from Canon to Sony, I'd have to get two, batteries, cards, remotes, etc, etc and the cost would be severe. I have a list of dozens of other things I would like to have first to make my life easier. The other thing in the back of my mind is that Canon will be bringing out a pro version of the mirrorless camera at some point and a Canon lens adapter to a Canon Body should work very well. I've heard of some odd little quirks with some lens/adaptor combinations fitted to a Sony body. Troubleshooting that sort of thing can be tough. I like to start with the premise that the gear is fine and the operator is the issue, which is often the case.

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