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Recommended Gear To Get Started In Real Estate Photography

Published: 26/01/2017

As a follow up to some of the input I got on my post about what readers would like to see me change on the blog, I'm updating my page where I recommend gear for people getting started in real estate photography. The new page is here.

The suggestion was that rather than recommending just one camera and lens that I have a series of suggestions. I currently have Nikon, Canon, Sony and Fuji gear suggestions. I'll be making refinements to this page.

Update Feb 3: OK, I added full frame too.

Larry Lohrman

7 comments on “Recommended Gear To Get Started In Real Estate Photography”

  1. It's unfortunate that the list omits full frame bodies. The limitations of crop frame sensors, such as extending the focal length of tilt-shift lenses, steer my choice to stick with my full frame. I understand that crop frame bodies are a little bit more affordable, but my first equipment purchase was a 24mm tilt-shift (even prior to buying a camera body).

  2. I'd like to make a suggestion. With real estate video being so common now, I'd greatly appreciate a new updated section for the best gear for real estate video (specifically best cameras, and best 4k camera as well). I quickly discovered that my old Nikon D3100 produces way too much noise to use this for videos. I know you have a few posts about this already, but I'd like to see everyone's feedback on their current gear. Thanks!

  3. A guest section or post that will discuss ones process and go to gear. Maybe offer a "Pro-Tip" that one uses in their workflow.

  4. I've always been a believer that bigger is better, especially when I shot film. I always shot 8x10 in the studio, but 4x5 on location. Later, my location assignments meant flying to military bases around the country, so I had to scale down and bought Hasselblads, which worked great depending on my final results. Now with digital (depending on your usage and needs) the quality has gotten so excellent that my "bigger is better" attitude has changed. I loved my Nikon D-700, and that I was able to us my wide 20mm, and my 28 tilt shift lens for exteriors. But, I just bought the Fuji X-T2 body and use it with either my 14mm or my 10-24mm lens. The images appear so much sharper and more detail than any of my Nikons, even the D-7200. I also love that it is mirrorless and can see the live view in the tilt screen, and much lighter than my Nikons. But I do wish Fuji had a tilt shift lens. Fuji is a very underrated company, and many people don't know they made some of the lenses and bodies for Hasselblad. now, I think Sony makes some items for Hasselblad.
    I truly feel that cropped sensors (DSLRS or Mirroless) are the excellent for all your RE work and most anything that does not have to produce huge prints (but even then with software that can be done fine).
    if you need larger prints, wait a bit longer as now, medium format is becoming almost affordable.

    if you have a good camera system now, look into getting a great lighting system. So many people overlook the most important thing about creating an image, which is lighting, and by far, the hardest thing to master.

  5. I like the page and do completely understand why it cannot be all-inclusive, but would like to suggest consideration of some of the mirrorless options.

    These cameras can easily produce images "to die for" in superb quality. As for sensor size, unless heading for the art gallery wall or a billboard, these can be awesome cameras. My go-to is the Olympus M5 Mark II and the little (but pricey) Olympus 9-18mm lens and simple on-camera or remote flashes (I generally expose for windows indoors), which I consider perfect for real estate and general architectural viewing online and for ordinary ad printing that agents use. Video is pretty darn great, too. Just sayin', mirrorless is a great solution as well.

  6. I have to agree with Loughton, why omit the full frame cameras? I finally was able to upgrade from my Canon 50D to 5D Mark III and need a wide angle lens for real estate to replace my 10-22mm that only fits on my 50D. Any suggestions for high quality w/o breaking the bank?

  7. For full frame Canon bodies, the 16-35mm f/4.0 and the 17-40mm f/4.0 are both very good choices for real estate work. Both hit their "sweet spot" at around f/8.0 to f/11. They're both pretty affordable, especially on the used market.

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