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    Hi Guys...

    Can i check any advice for Suitable Lens for Real Estate Photography?

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    Tilt shift lenses. And possibility large format cameras.
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    Default Re: Lens for Real Estate Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by teapotkettleme View Post
    Hi Guys...

    Can i check any advice for Suitable Lens for Real Estate Photography?

    Thanks in Advance!
    wide angle lens generally.

    the best is to use tilt and shift lenses like this

    Canon Wide Tilt/Shift TS-E 17mm f/4L Manual Focus Lens 3553B002

    or

    Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Manual Focus Lens 3552B002

    hope this help.
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    Is it necessary to use tilt shift especially with the new CS 6 feature?

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    Default Re: Lens for Real Estate Photography

    Lens correction is not a cure that ends all things. If the photo requires extensive correction, pixel stretching, image quality will suffer. Further, some cropping is inevitable after correcting the image so if you don't allow for that, composition can be screwed up.

    There are good reasons why T/S lenses are still being made and people who need them are paying a premium to get them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenK View Post
    Is it necessary to use tilt shift especially with the new CS 6 feature?
    CS6 can't tilt the focal plane the way a t/s lens can. :-)
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    Waiting for the Samyang 24mm TS lens to come out in March. from the way it looks, it's probably going under $1.4k.
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    Ahh ok I see. never touched or seen a ts lens before. Learnt something new today. :-)

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    Default Re: Lens for Real Estate Photography

    most people use tilt and shift lens to create miniature effect, which can use photoshop to create similar effect, but many people didn't know one of the main usage of tilt and shift lens, is to use tilt function to get foreground and background in focus, so photographers will able to get maximum sharpness without using minimum aperture. this which can't be done with photoshop.

    and the shift function is to correct the perspective of vertical objective, although this can be corrected by using photoshop, but you will lose some coverage and suffer from deterioration the image if the perspective distortion is too much.
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    Depending your usage to be honest.

    What type of real estate you are looking for? Interior? Exterior?

    How much will you charge? What is the final usage? Web? Print? How big if print?

    T/S lenses are great but expensive.

    If you are talking about real estate, generally, it won't be the same charge as architectural photography.

    Take this into considerations, but generally I bring 12-24 for interior shots, 24-70/70-200 for details shots.

    CS can fix some tilt but don't get too extreme. For exterior, If you drive a van, build a rack on your roof and stand on the roof to take the shots. Generally sufficient with some tilt fix on photoshop.

    It is all come down to the final usage and price you charge.

    I used to do 3 shots per property for $100 a pop while shooting about 100 properties a month. Each shoot will take no more then 15 mins to shoot and another 10 mins on editing. This was in Sydney. It's cheap but aim at volume.

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    Default Re: Lens for Real Estate Photography

    Yep, u nailed it right about the use of tilt mechanism of a tilt/shift lens.

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    most people use tilt and shift lens to create miniature effect, which can use photoshop to create similar effect, but many people didn't know one of the main usage of tilt and shift lens, is to use tilt function to get foreground and background in focus, so photographers will able to get maximum sharpness without using minimum aperture. this which can't be done with photoshop.

    and the shift function is to correct the perspective of vertical objective, although this can be corrected by using photoshop, but you will lose some coverage and suffer from deterioration the image if the perspective distortion is too much.

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