Best lens for photoing houses

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  1. NicoleDaly

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    I was asked to photograph architecture in some houses to display on a website. I was wondering of anyone know what's the best lens to use for this type of photography? I have a 50mm 1.8 & a kit lens 18-55mm 2.4. Im thinking I may need to rent a different lens bc these may not be the proper ones. Thanks : )


     
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    Best lens would be a tilt/shift.
     
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    Tokina 11-16, or something between 10-24mm
     
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    Canon or Nikon? There isn't a 17-55 2.4. There is a 2.8 but it's not a kit lens.

    Anyway, the ideal solution as Sparky said is a TS or Perspective control lens. This will allow you to keep the edges parallel without having to be square on and pointed at the horizon. The focal length can vary by a lot depending on what kind of composition you are looking for and how much room you have to work with.

    I have the 24mm TS-E 3.5 (ver. 1). It's a pretty decent lens for the price. There is a version II which improves on some things, but it's twice the price...
     
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    You might be able to work with the 18 end of your lens. I shot my inlaws house for their sale with my 18-105 kit lens and an off camera flash. Wider would've been nicer though. You can fix angles in photoshop.
     
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    I have a Canon. (Thanks everyone for all your help)
     
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    I'd suggest something crazy wide, before a tilt-shift, if you have a crop sensor camera. Sigma 8-16 or Tokina 11-16 or some such. If you had full frame, the Canon 17mm TS-E would be perfect, truly profound lens (with a price to match). For architecture though, I don't think it's wide enough on a crop sensor.
     
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    Nicole, the lenses you have are fine for taking images of houses - in other words you do not NEED to buy another lens just to shoot houses. Should, could, would, whatever. You can do it with the ones you have. The 50 might be a little tight, and if you use the 18-55, shoot as level as possible. I shoot a lot of mechanical, architecture as the core of my business as opposed other avenues in my photography. I often use a 24-70 when shooting exteriors and 17-40 and 16-35 for interiors.

    Again, could, should, would - sure, but you don't have to have to.

    PS: if you do get a ultra wide angle like my 16-35, be prepared to work well in photoshop to straighten and stretch - again shoot as level as you can in wide.
     
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    Thank you much Joey. I didn't really want to rent a lens, as my funds are low. I appreciate the help from you and everyone else!!! I love the this forum! : )
     
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    I thought by "best", she meant best. My mistake.
     
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    Definitely rent a tilt shift lens. If you are going to try to do something new, you might as well trying to do it with the right equipment. I use borrow lenses.com and lensgiant.com for rentals.

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