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Which wide angle lens would be the best choice for real estate photography and video for the 7D?

eva laxer , May 17, 2012; 01:56 p.m.

  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5
  • Sigma 10-22mm f3.5 EX DC HSM
  • Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6
  • Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX

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Jeff Owen , May 17, 2012; 02:22 p.m.

I only have the Canon 10-22mm and I absolutely love it. I think it deserves a red ring.


Canon 10-22mm

Brad Trostad , May 17, 2012; 03:24 p.m.

To me it's between the Canon EF-S 10-22 and the Tokina 11-16. But since you mentioned video I think I'd go with the Tokina 11-16. The Tokina is 1mm narrower but I think you could make due. The up side is that it is a razor sharp lens with a very sharp outer area even at f2.8 and at 11mm. I think it's distortion at 11m will be a bit worse than the Canon's at 10mm but probably not a huge deal for stills which can be corrected.

The Tokina being sharp wide open (f2.8) at 11mm opens up more stills and video shooting options if you can not control lighting such as evening exterior photos to show home and landscape lighting, evening interior shots that have to be done quickly (ie tripod not available), etc.

It's too bad you can't consider full frame instead. Everything would cost more (5D2, wide lenses). But you would be able to use the TS-17 and TS-24 which might give you an edge (provided you restrain from wild tilt movements). This would also let you do shifted stills panoramas if needed. And video could be recorded from a wider range of camera heights with shift applied to correct for prespective distortion (I see a little in Jeff's shot, but not much).

I'm curious what the others will say.

David Cavan , May 17, 2012; 03:30 p.m.

+1 for your comments, Brad. For most purposes the Canon 10-22 is just fine, but I think the Tokina is a little better wide open. I'm not sure if that's truly critical for OP, but worth considering. Both are very good lenses for the money.

eva laxer , May 17, 2012; 05:29 p.m.

Brad, I already own the 7D, so a full frame camera is not an option, it would cost too much to upgrade. Down the line I would like to be able to use the lens for video. Is there a page where I could find a list of abbreviations, for instant what does OP mean?
Thank you for your responses.

JDM von Weinberg , May 17, 2012; 05:36 p.m.

I have the Sigma 10-20 and it works fine. I liked it so much that when I also got a 35mm sensor camera, I bought its big brother, the old Sigma 15-30mm. You will probably have to do some barrel correction with any of them.

I don't know about cinema shooting except that I'd suppose motion action with a 10mm may define "vertigo" and "queasy".

I would suggest that if you are doing outside architectural work, the one for a 7D would be the superb, but pricey, TS-E 17mm.

Chris Burns , May 17, 2012; 06:34 p.m.

OP = Original Poster (i.e., you when you sent the first message.) :)
A second vote for the Sigma 10-20, but maybe also look at the newer Sigma 8-16. Very wide, but you can correct for lens distortion automatically in Lightroom 4. (All major Canon , Sigma, Tokina, etc., lenses.)

Chris

Marcus Ian , May 17, 2012; 07:37 p.m.

Even though the UWA segment doesn't require a lot of focusing, I'd probably stay away from the Tokina if you are planning n doing any video work. Instead, either the EF-S 10-22 or Sigma 10-20 are better bets since they both have HSM/USM focus w/ full time manual focusing.

Brad Trostad , May 18, 2012; 01:34 a.m.

In my opinion, a lens's autofocus implementation is not really relevant for dslr video - as autofocus would most likely not be used while recording video anyway, especially for real estate with typically no moving objects. I hope I didn't miss something there? If you plan on walking the camera through a space while recording video then perhaps autofocus would be nice but dslr's (even the 7d and canons fastest focusing lens) will not be as nice and smooth as a $300 camcorder. One great perk to UWA video is very deep dof is quite easily achieved (given enough light to stop down a bit). Thus another reason to perhaps give other factors (fov, sharpness, distortion, vignette, aperture, etc ) higher priority than autofocus.

If you want to have great looking real estate video, perhaps you should invest in a small portable dolly / slider. Moving the camera even just a few feet inside a space can be very visually pleasing. Just a thought anyways.

Brian Wallace , May 18, 2012; 09:04 a.m.

I personally am a fan of the Tamron 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 primarily for the range and price. Sharpness is sort of a moot point for real estate work as most photos are web bound where the difference in sharpness won't be seen. Plus, since you're dealing with wide angle shots you can stop down to f/8 and shoot. Plus, the Tamron works on APS-H and Full Frame cameras at 12 and 15mm respectively. I have a friend whose a realtor and is always borrowing my 10-24 for listing homes.


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