Kevin in Arizona asks:
I'm just getting into real estate photography and love your website. I'm deciding on a low cost entry level camera. Canon has the SL2 refurb on sale for $400, which is the least expensive camera they have in stock that is sufficient and has good Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) features. My main question; is it worth spending an extra $300 to get the T7i refurb that you list on your Cameras page as the most popular real estate photography camera?
First of all, beginning real estate photographers should think more about which lens they are going to use than the camera body.
That said, here are some general things to think about when getting started:
- Yes, the Canon Rebel line is a low-cost way to get started. It doesn't make much difference which Rebel body you choose. Your choice of wide-angle lens is more important. Choose the newest body you can afford. The newer bodies have more convenient features but the image quality isn't all that different.
- If you are going to use any Canon Rebel body the Canon 10-18mm lens is a great choice because it is high quality and very low cost.
- You'll need other gear besides a wide-angle lens and body. A sturdy tripod, flash and trigger, and a Photoshop/Lightroom subscription. See the Getting Started page for a summary.
- Don't forget, if you are charging $150 or more per shoot, your gear will be paid off very quickly.
- What shooting technique are you going to use? That will drive what other gear and software you need.
I'm sure readers will give you plenty of other good advice.