Tilt-Shift lens worth it?

Started 3 months ago | Questions thread
Colin Dutton Regular Member • Posts: 220
Re: Tilt-Shift lens worth it?

Ed Rizk wrote:

I never felt crippled by the 60D and the 10-22. If I had to go back to that today, my pictures overall would be fine, and I would still look forward to better pictures as I got better at photography.

The 17 just kicks it all up a notch. Low dollar clients are not going to pay more for the difference. You might steal some from your competitors over the difference, but who knows. The difference might get you the developer, builder, architect, or publisher, all of whom will pay more. But there will be no overnight benefit, economically.

You will like it, though.

I agree with you Ed, there would be no overnight benefit. I think if a photographer enjoys shooting multiple properties fairly quickly and for relatively low rates that's absolutely fine and there's no need to invest in specialist equipment to satisfy the expectations in that market. But if they're looking to eventually take a step up and improve their work with the aim of finding higher-end clients then they'll need to make certain investments (in time and money) to bring their work up to that higher standard.

That might include buying equipment like specialist lenses, lighting and modifiers, as well as researching the type of image used in higher-end work, taking time to learn new techniques to let you realise those images and re-assessing how you market yourself and your work to potential clients. These are all factors that go together. Like you say, buying a TS lens is not going to make the difference on its own but it could be seen as part of a longer, upward journey if that's what the photographer is aiming at.

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