Question re: photography for real estate

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yukoner2
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Question re: photography for real estate
Oct 25, 2012

Hi folks.

Any of you shooting for realtors with Sigma products?

I'm currently using an SD15 with an SD14 for backup and was wondering what you would suggest for len(s) I have an 18-50 and a 17-50 that will cover most of what is needed but I was thinking of an 8-16 for interiors. What do you think?

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JohnLindroth
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In reply to yukoner2, Oct 25, 2012

yukoner2 wrote:

Hi folks.

Any of you shooting for realtors with Sigma products?

I'm currently using an SD15 with an SD14 for backup and was wondering what you would suggest for len(s) I have an 18-50 and a 17-50 that will cover most of what is needed but I was thinking of an 8-16 for interiors. What do you think?

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Hi Norm,

I don't use Sigma cameras for real estate, but do use Canon. I use a 5DMkII, so it's full frame, and lens choices are different, but I've got a Canon 17-35mm L and a Sigma 15-30mm, and have used them both for interior shots. Of course you have to be really careful with angles when you are really wide, but it helps a lot in small spaces. I've done several hotel rooms, and they are pretty much essential there to get enough of the room into the fram. I shoot them both at f8 for most shots, and will usually do a 3 shot bracket for HDR when needed.

I think the 8-16 is better than the 10-22 in general sharpness, but that is only from reading posts here. I only own the 10-20 for Sigma.

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rick decker
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In reply to yukoner2, Oct 25, 2012

For indoors, angle of coverage and distortion will be the biggest issues for you.  The 8-16 will give you plenty of coverage but will suffer from either barrel (vertical  lines bending outward) or pincushion (vertical lines bending inward).   The best lens for interior, as far as Sigma goes, is the 12-24 as it does better with distortion than the others in tests I have done.  With the 8-16 you might be able to crop  enough to minimize that problem.  Although the 12-24 should do well indoors  (closer-in), it is not likely to be as good outside shooting at longer distances.  And it is pretty pricey.

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I have shot a number of interior shots with the 8-16 with great success.  The distortion be mostly corrected & it's only a real issue at 8mm, where it is minimised rather than eliminated. I have attached to examples - theyre a bit rough but illustrate the point.  The distortion was corrected in PTLens, it could have been done in photoshop, but at the wider angles PTLens seems to do a better (but nnot perfect) job.

8-16mm at 12mm on an SD1M

8-16mm at 8mm on an SD1M

Shooting a one point perspective with this very wide angle of view will challenge many any lens manufacturer, especially with ceiling & floor tile grids aligning the way they are.  But the 8-16mm corrected does ok.  I have a shot taken at 45 degrees to the internal grids at 8mm & the distortion is all but invisible.

These were the very first shots I ever took with this lens & camera.  Doing it again I would probably get better results.

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In reply to yukoner2, Oct 25, 2012

yukoner2 wrote:

Hi folks.

Any of you shooting for realtors with Sigma products?

I'm currently using an SD15 with an SD14 for backup and was wondering what you would suggest for len(s) I have an 18-50 and a 17-50 that will cover most of what is needed but I was thinking of an 8-16 for interiors. What do you think?

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Hi Norm.

I went hunting for this thread of Rawmeister's, as the impressive pic it ONCE showed prompted me to register my approval.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/40860640

It was just the "interior" shot you were looking for.

Maybe a PM to Rawmeister...???

atom14.

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detectorman
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In reply to yukoner2, Oct 25, 2012

I shot a photo of a condo in Oakland with the 8-16 lens and an SD1. This was shot at f/4.9 at 10 mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/10 sec hand held (with coffee), no flash

I think it is a good tool for this application.

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