5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

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tombubrick Regular Member • Posts: 464
5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

Any quick thoughts?

Sigma seems to have one in the 10-20 range.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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curlyone Regular Member • Posts: 494
Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

HI,    If you aint got deep pockets , and dont mind sigma, i'd go for 12-24 mark 11,  its not a fast lens ,should be OK.  YOU CANT USE SIGMAs  DC LENSES.   You could have a look at the Canon 17-40 lens ,its cheap enough

steve88 Contributing Member • Posts: 905
Canon 35mm f/1.4L Perhaps?

tombubrick wrote:

Any quick thoughts?

Sigma seems to have one in the 10-20 range.

Maybe the Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens...it's not cheap though!

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-35mm-1-4L-Angle-Cameras/dp/B00009R6WY

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tombubrick OP Regular Member • Posts: 464
Re: Canon 35mm f/1.4L Perhaps?

I have the 24-70 2.8 L, the original one, but am thinking its not wide enough.

steve88 Contributing Member • Posts: 905
Maybe the 16-35 f/2.8L II?

tombubrick wrote:

I have the 24-70 2.8 L, the original one, but am thinking its not wide enough.

Ah, strike the 35 then...didn't know you had the 24-70 already. Maybe the 16-35 f/2.8L II then? Sounds like that might not be wide enough either? And, again, it's another expensive lens for sure!

We need some architectural/real estate shooters to chime in here! 

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tarzan1234 Regular Member • Posts: 168
Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

tombubrick wrote:

Any quick thoughts?

Sigma seems to have one in the 10-20 range.

Tilt-shift is the way to go IMHO. Please take a look at Canon 17mm tilt-shift or 24mm tilt-shift lenses. Bower and Samyang also make tilt-shift lenses for Canon. A lot cheaper but not sure about the quality.

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qianp2k Forum Pro • Posts: 10,350
Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure
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17mm TS-E.  Largely avoid ugly vertical converging lines and edge to edge sharpness even at f/4 wide open.

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Unexpresivecanvas Senior Member • Posts: 1,158
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If this is a continuous interest of your part and if you get into architectural photography/real state, tilt and shift  (t/s 17mm) is the way to go. There is also a new Samyang/Rokino  T/S you may want to consider.

It has a steep learning curve, but with time and driving carefully you will get there.

rmlewis Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

Are you doing this a a once off or a continuing business.

As someone mentioned, the 17TS-E is the way to go if you are making a business out of this. I have one; its a great lens but expensive for a one off task.

I recently had a home for sale photographed and the Pro (who specialised in home for sale photos), used a Nikon 14-24. The photos were quite professional. Based on that outcome a 17-40 or 16-35 will do the job as long as you keep the camera level to reduce converging verticals. I have owned both lenses and they are quite good but a bit soft a the edges. The 17-40 is about half the price of the 16-35 and you can be hard pressed to separate the two, except that the 16-35 is f/2.8.

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Ecorone Regular Member • Posts: 322
Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

The Sigma 10-20 is for a crop camera only, your 5D3 won't work with it. No doubt if you're aiming for perfection the 17 TSE would be where you want to go... but for a brochure, the 17-40L is a stellar value and will give you all the performance you need.

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Re: Canon 35mm f/1.4L Perhaps?

tombubrick wrote:

I have the 24-70 2.8 L, the original one, but am thinking its not wide enough.

If you rarely need a wider lens, why not take Panorama  shots with your 24 70mm?

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richiemccaw Contributing Member • Posts: 846
Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

What bout the TS-E 24mm I? I read that it's pretty bad with CA and resolution but perhaps it is still a good choice for those on a budget.

I have a 5D that I'm thinking of getting a 17-40 for similar purposes, i.e interior real estate shots.

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tombubrick OP Regular Member • Posts: 464
Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

Its one off for my home soon to be listed

DotCom Editor Veteran Member • Posts: 6,843
17mm and 24mm tilt-shift
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Sure, you shoot with wide-angle lenses and fix the messed-up verticals in post-processing, but that's a poor substitute for getting the shot correct in the first place.

Your question did not limit budget. The TS-E lenses are the best tools for the job. Good luck.

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tombubrick OP Regular Member • Posts: 464
Re: 17mm and 24mm tilt-shift

learning curve?  I can rent them locally for 3 days.

fredlord Senior Member • Posts: 2,634
Re: 17mm and 24mm tilt-shift

I use either the 16-35 I or the 17TS-E on my Canon 5D MKII and MKIII bodies. Either will work well although the distortion and edge-to-edge sharpness is superior with the 17. Selecting the lens is the least problem though. We always use proprietary HDR software and careful processing to avoid the necessity for auxiliary lighting and speed up each property shoot. Our best people can do a normal house in 30 minutes as long as it's staged well.

Make sure the camera is level and mostly any lens will do between 15-17mm on a FF body.

This is one of the last places I shot with the 5D MK II and 17TS-E. They're asking over $6M, size of the house is over 7600 SF. http://tours.virtuance.com/public/vtour/display/154195 It's actually a small shoot for such a large property. Most larger shoots include several virtual panoramas which are shot with a FF fisheye lens.

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The 17-40L is a great value and it's what I use. The ultimate is the 17TS-E because it will allow you to have the lens look up or down without causing trapezoid distortion. qianp2k posted a nice example. This saves a lot of post-processing time, and it allows you to get the right perspective on a room while minimizing the amount of the frame taken up by the ceiling. I rented one once, it's great, but I just can't justify the cost at this time. Trapezoid distortion can be corrected in software. Here's a shot from my 17-40L that was taken with the camera pointing up at the top edge of the window. Originally it was quite distorted. I fixed it to make the vertical lines vertical.

The 16-35/2.8L is not necessary unless you are doing hand-held work in dim light, which I can't imagine you are.

The Sigma 10-20 will not work on full frame, but the Sigma 12-24 will. That's another option if you want to go wider than 17mm. I haven't used it but I'd be worried that clients and their buyers would start to suspect camera trickery much wider than 17mm.

Here are some r/e shots from my 17-40L.  As someone already stated, as long as you keep the camera level, you don't get trapezoid distortion.  I prefer to do that rather than correct distortion in post.

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Re: 5D Mark III lens recommendation for interior home shots for real estate brochure

I am a Realtor and I take my own pictures.
16-35mm is good enough for 95% of Real Estate photography but I also have Sigma 12-24mm II for the other 5% because my main "farm" consists of 800sq ft 2bd 1bf homes and rooms are very small especially bathroom something like 30sq ft or less so I use Sigma. The wider you go the bigger room will seem. I used to have Canon 16-35mm mk1 and it was very good. One below is taken with Sigma.

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ktownbill Senior Member • Posts: 2,191
Re: A few ideas

Outstanding photography Jack!  Did you use HDR for the interior shots?  Do you use the in-camera HDR or 3rd party when you do use it?

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ktownbill wrote:

Outstanding photography Jack! Did you use HDR for the interior shots? Do you use the in-camera HDR or 3rd party when you do use it?

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Thanks Bill. Those were all in-cam HDR. To be fair, sometimes you can do just as well or a little better with a single shot processed in Lightroom, to recover the highlights and lift shadows. But that's a lot more time and effort than r/e shots are worth. The in-cam HDR gets great results instantly. Just use Art Standard and EC +1 when shooting. Easy as pie. Sometimes some pics need a little extra brightness in post.

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