I am a real estate agent with no professional photography training. I like to take my own listing photos, and have been using a Nikon D40 with the 18-35 lens that came with it. For a while now, my camera has been leaving spots on my pictures, which take a while to edit out. I live in a small town with no places to have the camera cleaned. So, I want to buy a newer camera and possibly a wide angle lens, hoping my photos will appear more professionally done. I have spent hours on sites such as this, trying to decide which camera to buy, and I'm feeling quite overwhelmed.
I would like to stay with Nikon since I also have a 200 mm lens. Since I do not work as a photographer, it seems unnecessary to pay for the highest professional quality equipment. Is there a suitable mid-range Nikon camera and wide-angle lens that will give me nice listing photos?
I have this page on the PFRE blog that is designed to help people like yourself who are acquiring equipment to do real estate photography. As you can see, it recommends the following:
It is important to understand that the 18-55mm kit lens is not a wide angle lens. It would be OK for exterior shots but not the best for interior shots.