Best Lens for Real Estate Photos - Sony A300

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  1. VTL67

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    Just got my first DSLR which is a Sony A300, and with it I have the kit lens (18-70). I'm in real estate and I'm required to take photographs of my listings, so I was wondering if someone could recommend a decent lens that would take great inside shots. Now I'm only a noob when it comes to DSLR photography, but I'm assuming it'd need to be some sort of wide angle lens to help give more depth??

    Would love a lens that could be used for other shots aswell if possible and not just inside photographs eg. landscape

    What about a better flash, would that be required aswell?
     
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    if you set yours to 18mm... it is decently wide. But if you want to go wider (will make the room seems bigger and you capture more of the room) you should buy something with 10mm or 12mm on the lower zoom. It wont be cheap though.
     
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    Cool, yep that's what I'm trying to achieve ;)
     
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    How are you going to light the interior ?
     
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    20mm should be good for outside shots. depending on what you are going for you can get at 50mm for certian things. inside I would look at a 10mm-12mm range on a crop sensor. lighting will be important as well. just for realestate if it not houses that are 3-4 mil you could get away with simple lighing. from the type of photos i have seen for this type of thing. just my opinion...
     
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    for light I think you can get away with just using a tripod instead of spending $800 on a fast lens. You are taking a still subject so you can just make the shutter speed longer. Unless you are not happy with the angle of your kit lens, go buy the 10 or 12mm super wide angle lens.
     
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    Thanks everyone. Yeah I just assumed i'd get away with natural lighting and a flash (if necessary). Like you said, I can just use a slower shutter speed with a tripod and it should be fine. I've practiced around home here with the kit lens, but I really think that a proper wide angle would be better. Time to start saving :D

    No 3-4 million dollar homes in my area Stormchase, I wish though lol
     
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    for interiors, look at the sigma 10-20mm. nice and wide even on a crop body, with no distortion. :thumbup:
     
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    Cheers buddy, will do!
     
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    Natural light may not work in some case. Learn how to light is going to be helpful. I saw some videos on youtube before showing how to light the interior to make it looks good.

    It's because for interior natural light shots, you may run into problem where all patio doors or windows are blown because the dynamic range is high in that situation.
     
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    Good point. Could I use HDR in that type of situation? :confused:
     
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    ya, a wide angle would be best.
     

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