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Apr 15, 2015 07:31:30   #
saparoo
 
I really need advice on the best wide angle lens for real estate photography. For now, my budget is about $600. I shoot with a canon 60D. I'm looking at the canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5. It has good reviews for landscape but can't find much on indoor/lowlight. Suggestions muchly appreciated.

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Apr 15, 2015 07:35:01   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
saparoo wrote:
I really need advice on the best wide angle lens for real estate photography. For now, my budget is about $600. I shoot with a canon 60D. I'm looking at the canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5. It has good reviews for landscape but can't find much on indoor/lowlight. Suggestions muchly appreciated.

Tokina has two nice lenses, the 11-16mm f/2.8 for crop cameras and the 16-28 f/2.8 for full frame. Good lenses at good prices.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tokina

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Apr 15, 2015 07:40:39   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
Sigma has a couple as well. A 10-20 3.5 ($649)and an 8-16 4.5-5.6. ($699), They also have a 10-20 4-5.6 for $379.

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Apr 15, 2015 07:42:15   #
saparoo
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Tokina has two nice lenses, the 11-16mm f/2.8 for crop cameras and the 16-28 f/2.8 for full frame. Good lenses at good prices.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tokina


Thanks Jerry. I've looked at that one also, along with the Tamron 10-24. Just can't decide which would be best at lowlight.

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Apr 15, 2015 07:47:51   #
sb (a regular here)
 
I love my Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens! See:

http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-221396-1.html

The newer lens, which is 10-18mm I think (and half the price of the 10-22) , has been highly reviewed by users here - it is lighter, but apparently has very good optics as well.

For interior work, your problem might be that your flash won't cover such a wide angle - you might need to use a dome-type diffuser, and consider HDR, which so many real estate photographers are now using.

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Apr 15, 2015 07:49:27   #
saparoo
 
dsmeltz wrote:
Sigma has a couple as well. A 10-20 3.5 ($649)and an 8-16 4.5-5.6. ($699), They also have a 10-20 4-5.6 for $379.


Thanks dsmeltz. I notice you also have a canon 10-18. How do you like it for indoor? I think I have looked at almost every lens in my price range and now so confused!!

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Apr 15, 2015 07:51:28   #
Gifted One
 
I have the Canon 10-22 EFs for my 60 D & the Tokina 16-28 for my 6 D. I bought both used there is a lot of UWA used lenses on the secondary used market. I don't think that you can pick a wrong one. I had many on my shop list these two came up. I believe that I got very sharp copies.

J. R.

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Apr 15, 2015 07:52:21   #
Geofw
 
saparoo wrote:
Thanks Jerry. I've looked at that one also, along with the Tamron 10-24. Just can't decide which would be best at lowlight.


I use the Tamron 10-24 to photograph interiors of properties I manage, you may need to use flash occasionally.
It is a good lens for the money.

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Apr 15, 2015 07:56:54   #
saparoo
 
sb wrote:
I love my Canon 10-22mm wide angle lens! See:

http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-221396-1.html

The newer lens, which is 10-18mm I think (and half the price of the 10-22) , has been highly reviewed by users here - it is lighter, but apparently has very good optics as well.

For interior work, your problem might be that your flash won't cover such a wide angle - you might need to use a dome-type diffuser, and consider HDR, which so many real estate photographers are now using.


I do have the 430EXll speedlite. Was hoping that would help, along with HDR.

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Apr 15, 2015 08:11:23   #
Gifted One
 
I also have the 430 flash and find it useful to take it off camera.

Also with on board flash with UWA you way get dark banding from shadow of the on board flash. A fix is turn camera upside down. You then bounce the flash off the floor rather than off the ceiling.

J. R.

saparoo wrote:
I do have the 430EXll speedlite. Was hoping that would help, along with HDR.

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Apr 15, 2015 08:18:08   #
sb (a regular here)
 
saparoo wrote:
I do have the 430EXll speedlite. Was hoping that would help, along with HDR.


When you open up the wide angle a normal flash may not fill in the outer regions - they will be darker than the center of the image, so if you do need to use a flash, a dome diffuser will spread the light out to all angles.

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Apr 15, 2015 08:19:43   #
saparoo
 
Gifted One wrote:
I also have the 430 flash and find it useful to take it off camera.

Also with on board flash with UWA you way get dark banding from shadow of the on board flash. A fix is turn camera upside down. You then bounce the flash off the floor rather than off the ceiling.

J. R.


Thanks J.R. never thought of bouncing off the floor. I do use my 430 as a slave off camera but haven't perfected it yet....still trying!!

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Apr 15, 2015 08:23:38   #
saparoo
 
sb wrote:
When you open up the wide angle a normal flash may not fill in the outer regions - they will be darker than the center of the image, so if you do need to use a flash, a dome diffuser will spread the light out to all angles.


Thanks sb. Might just have to purchase a dome diffuser.

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Apr 15, 2015 08:36:03   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
saparoo wrote:
Thanks dsmeltz. I notice you also have a canon 10-18. How do you like it for indoor? I think I have looked at almost every lens in my price range and now so confused!!


I like it quite a bit. I use it mostly outdoors. I have done a little inside, and it has worked well. At the time (err last year) it was a great buy at $299. The Sigma 10-20 4-5.6 was around $480 at the time but is now $379.

I think the reduction was the result of the Canon 10-18. Had the price drop occured before I purchased, I might have gone for the Sigma, which is a little faster, a little longer and a bit of a sturdier build. I have not checked DXOmark on these two lenses.

But I still like my 10-18.

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Apr 15, 2015 08:59:31   #
DavidPine
 
I shoot architectural real estate photography. I use a 14-24 f/2.8, a 24mm shift-tilt, a RRS Gimble tripod head. Lightroom, ViewPoint2 and Perfect Effects. I shoot HDR and panos. I don't use lighting in real estate photography because time doesn't allow for all the setups. I usually shoot manual, F/11 to F/22 and my longest exposure is 30". I make around 200 images per house to produce approximately 20-30 images. It takes me 1-1/2 to 2 hours to shoot and 2-4 hours to post process. I shoot RAW only. I never, never shoot hand held when shooting real estate. Whatever you do, you will probably produce superior images because most real estate agents use point and shoots hand held. It's not easy dealing with the lighting, exposure and distortion but I find it rewarding and challenging. Good luck.
saparoo wrote:
I really need advice on the best wide angle lens for real estate photography. For now, my budget is about $600. I shoot with a canon 60D. I'm looking at the canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5. It has good reviews for landscape but can't find much on indoor/lowlight. Suggestions muchly appreciated.


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