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What Type of Lens Should I Use for Real Estate Photography?


So you might be reading this as someone interested in getting into real estate photography as a hobby, side-gig, or as a full-time professional or even just because you have been asked to shoot a property and aren't quite sure what is the right lens you should use for the job. Well rest assured that is the subject and purpose of this month's blog posting as I will offer my recommendations based on real world experience of day-to-day shooting of real estate properties of all sizes and types and working as a full-time professional real estate photographer in South Florida the best type of lens to use. It is important to note that no matter the type of camera manufacturer you shoot with whether Canon, Sony, Nikon, etc. there are numerous options out there for your specific camera body to use and be compatible with.

WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENSES - OPTION 1

As pictured above, using a wide angle lens is the way to go as far as selecting the right type of lens for real estate photography as the goal is to capture as much of the space as possible in the shot to show potential buyers looking online for a new home the space and layout of the room(s), exteriors, etc. Personally, I shoot with Nikon's 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED (pictured above it is the bottom left lens in the second row) and works flawlessly when I pair it with my Nikon D610 FX camera. I recommend this lens (if you shoot with a Nikon FX camera) and other wide angle zooms such as Tamron's 15-30mm f/2.8 or Canon's 16-35mm f/2.8 because of their versatility and value in producing high quality images of real estate properties.

WIDE ANGLE PRIME LENSES - OPTION 2

Aside from wide angle zoom lenses selecting a wide angle prime lens is also, a great option to consider as you will still get the ability to capture the entire space within or outside a real estate property while also, having the added benefits that come with primes which are: less weight compared to their wide angle zoom counterparts, cost less, and because of its relative small size has better portability and can fit more easily in your camera bag without taking as much space as a wide angle zoom. Having shot with a few wide primes such as the Samyang 12mm f/2.0, Nikon's 24mm f/1.8G, and Rokinon's 14mm f/2.8 lens I find they have one major inconvenience for real estate photography, which is their lack of versatility. In other words, with primes you have to move the camera and tripod either closer or farther away to capture the amount of space needed to accurate depict the layout of a room whereas with a wide angle zoom lens you can just place the camera and tripod in one spot and adjust accordingly the zoom ring to get tighter or wider shots needed hence making a wide angle zoom lens more practical in my opinion than a prime. In any case, if you decide or prefer a prime lens then I recommend both the Samyang 12mm f/2.0 and Rokinon's 14 f/2.8mm as they are good for real estate photography and get the job done without breaking the bank (each lens costs less than $400 USD new).

TILT SHIFT LENSES - OPTION 3

If you plan on shooting architectural or commercial projects in the future and can afford it then selecting a tilt-shift lens such as Nikon's 19mm F/4E ED lens or Canon's TS-E 17mm f/4L are great options to consider as well. Perhaps one of the best if not the best feature of these types of lenses is that in addition to having the advantages of prime lenses they offer the greatest amount of perspective control allowing the photographer to capture clean and straight verticals of properties including residential homes thus, creating an image free of converging lines and so on. The main drawback many photographers including myself point out is the cost to own these types of lenses (average tilt-shift lens cost approximately over $2,000 USD new).

CONCLUSION

In summary, I hope you have enjoyed reading this month's blog post. When it comes to deciding which type of lens to use for real estate photography you must consider a few key things such as: what type of lens you feel most comfortable shooting with, cost, value, and overall satisfaction you have with the lens. As I have mentioned previously in past blog postings, if you know someone looking to get into real estate photography and believe they would benefit from this post or others I have written before, please feel free to share it with them. Also, make sure to subscribe to my email list to receive the latest news and updates from Marcos Guevara Photography (just enter your email address at the bottom of the screen when you first visit my website). Lastly, please be sure to like my social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Have a great day!

Marcos Guevara

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