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What's the Best Camera and Lens for Real Estate Photography?

Published: 13/10/2018

Rich recaps Wayne Capili's Epiphany from three years ago and adds many insights like how to connect your iPad to the Sony A6000. Thanks Rich!

Larry Lohrman

5 comments on “What's the Best Camera and Lens for Real Estate Photography?”

  1. Nikon D7200 with Tokina Pro 11-16mm f2.8
    Highest dynamic range in an APS-C, lens is basically a 17.5-24mm equivalent so I sit at 16mm and go wider as I need while never going too wide. F2.8 is lots of light but deeper depth of field so everything is generally in focus.
    And all at bottom dollar prices!

  2. No offense, but the comment above doesn't make sense. F/2.8 is wide aperture that provides a shallow depth of field that will render many areas of the image out of focus. F/8 - F/14 is ideal for RE photography to capture the entire frame in sharp focus.

  3. Actually I think too much emphasis is placed on equipment. Cameras don't take photographs, photographer's do. A photographer just needs a camera/lens combination that 1. suits the working flow of the photographer involved and 2. a lens that will capture enough of a wide angle to tell the story. There are lots of camera/lens combinations to choose from all of which will take good imagery for this market. Perhaps not so much for advertising and architectural work, but for the fast in, fast out nature of RE photography most of which will be viewed over the internet and much of which is seen mainly on tablets and cell phones, there is no need to go excessively high end. Of course, if a photographer can't live with themselves with out the very best equipment, indulge yourself, but its not necessary to get great shot - a good eye, a sense of light, good post processing skills all are more important than the particular equipment.

    Nikon, Canon, Sony and all the major manufacturers make great equipment and their lenses, depending on the model, are all pretty good. 3rd party lenses like Sigma, Tokina, Tamron and more all make lenses that are also great though that too depends on the model. But today with mirrorless camera bodies, the user interface can vary and I find my Canon interface is a lot easier and more intuitive than Sony for example. But everyone will find a different camera/lens system they like best.

    So my advice would be to try out several systems by renting some that have been recommended here and/or elsewhere and try working with them first and see which one seems to fit into your work flow and see if the controls come naturally or not. If you have a very technical mind, one system may give you all the controls you want. If you are more visually and less technically minded, you may find some other camera user interface may come more comfortably. The answer to this question is more about the individual than the equipment.

  4. Sony a7rII with Sony/Zeiss 16-35 f4. If that wasn't such a great walkaround lens as it stays mounted to the camera, tempted to experiment with renting an 18mm and pairing with a 24mm prime.

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