Is An Ultra Wide Angle Lens Camera Worth The Investment for Real Estate?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Stars Realty

Most real estate agents realize that the buying public is shifting away from newspapers and print marketing in favor of the internet.  It has been said many times that over 80% of all real estate consumers are using the internet as their primary method of searching for available homes BEFORE they ever contact a real estate professional.  This statistic is quite impressive and it leads me to a topic that I believe is worthy of discussing which is the use of digital camera wide angle lenses. 

This past weekend a real estate friend of mine from Colorado asked a group of us a question about digital cameras because she is about to make an investment and replace her current digital camera.  Her question caused me to do some serious thinking about her question and her needs so I wrote a blog titled "Digital Camera Wide Angle Lens Comparison".  The idea behind this blog was to share with some of my real estate friends and speakers a real life photo comparison using different camera lens settings so that everyone could actually see the differences.  I limited my photo examples to just four different photo views including a popular 35mm, 24mm, 17mm and an ultra wide 10mm photo.

After sharing my blog with our group several of the members asked if would be willing to post it on ActiveRain so here is a micro version of the blog and I am including a link to the original blog that I posted this past Saturday.  I hope that being able to see comparisons between the 4 different lens settings is helpful. 

35 mm digital photo image by Sam Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35mm photo example above.

24mm digital photo comparison by Sam Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24mm photo example above.

17mm digital photo example by Sam Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17mm photo example above

10mm digital photo comparison by Sam Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10mm photo example above.

To view a more detailed example of this topic feel free to visit the original blog:  CLICK HERE.

Sam Miller of RE/MAX Stars Realty at www.SamMiller.net or 1-800-282-9096 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Maureen - I would stick with the Canon for the 10-22mm.  I know others who have had the Sigma and who also upgraded and eventually bought the Canon so based on their experience I just bought the Canon the first time.  

Lee - All good points.  I would love to see the 10mm on a film camera because that would be EVER wider.  The word WOW instantly comes to mind.

EVERYONE:  The photos in the above example were all taken digitally with the exact same camera body so only the difference between these photos are strictly the size of lens with no other changes.

Jan 20, 2009 05:00 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Sam, if you put an EF-S lens on a full frame body, the corners would be black.  The lens projects a circle.  The sensor is a rectangle and therefore produces a rectangular image.  The circle projected from an EF-S lens such as the 10-22mm will not cover the entire rectangle of a full frame sensor such as the 5D or 1Ds because it's designed specifically for the smaller sensors.  The other problem is that the back of the lens is closer to the sensor so on a full frame camera, the mirror may strike the lens. (I would think that to be a bad thing.)

Here's someone else's take on the same subject.

Here's an article also written about the subject.

Here's a cool thing about an APS-C sensor camera body.  All lenses tend to be a little soft at the edges, so if you use a mediocer full frame lens on a cropped sensor body, you will only be using the best part of the lens, cropping out the fuzzy edges.  So you don't have to spend the big bucks on lenses that the full frame guys do to get great images.

Jan 20, 2009 06:47 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Lee ~ Is what you are saying above have any impact on using the Canon 10-22mm lens with the Canon Rebel XSi?  I have to admit, being the beginner that I am, I don't understand the "lingo" yet. Any advice?  thanks much.  (my goal is to take nice photos for my staging portfolio)

Sam ~ Thanks for your feedback about the Canon vs Sigma.  I'll stick with Canon per your advice.

Jan 20, 2009 12:42 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Maureen, the XSi is a cropped sensor body, so the EF-S lenses such as the 10-22mm are specifically designed for its sensor.  All the lenses designed for the Canon mount will fit on and work with a cropped sensor body.  It's when you have a full frame body such as the 5D that you have to make sure you don't try to use a '-S' lens.

I may have confused you even more.  Here's what YOU need to know.  The Canon XSi and Canon 10-22mm lens is a superb combination.  To me the next step would be the Nikon D700 and 14-24mm lens costing nearly $5,000.  The XSi combo should be around $1,200.

The Best Entry Level Real Estate Photography Combo

THE Best Real Estate Photography Camera-Lens Combo

 

Jan 21, 2009 12:33 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Oh, and Maureen, I suggest you stop buy Circuit City today before they have no more inventory.  Circuit City is going out of business and liquidating their entire inventory.

Jan 21, 2009 12:36 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

It is very exciting to see so many visitors and comments on this topic.  Thanks!

Jan 21, 2009 09:53 AM #22
Rainer
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Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Great. You have to much good stuff. I think I need to spend a ton of money on cameras and iphones. LOL

Jan 28, 2009 03:16 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Jeff and Paulia Kennedy
the Kennedy Crew, Hot Springs 1st Choice Realty - Hot Springs, AR

Wow!  Thanks so much for the wonderful demonstration & the great advice Sam!

Jan 28, 2009 02:26 PM #24
Rainer
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David Slavin
Keller Williams Premier - Katy, TX
CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier

In our MLS system, many wide angle photos have the fish bowl effect.  The most important factor of photos is to take non-blured photos with good angles will be better than spending money on wide angle lens.

Feb 10, 2009 08:15 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

David - I agree with you about poor quality photos hurting a sale more than helping a sale.  

However, I believe what you are describing in your comments above are photos that were taken with a cheaper and lower quality version of a wide angle lens instead of a higher quality lens such as the Canon.  There is a serious difference between the low price lenses and the quality units.  My blog title poses the question "Is An Ultra Wide Angle Lens Camera Worth The Investment For Real Estate" and I am sure that different people have different opinions of which they like better.  Personally I dislike the 35mm and the 24mm examples above when compared to the 10mm and the 17mm photos.  

Now consider that most pocket sized digital cameras come with a 25mm to 29mm lens on average.  These pocket cameras lose much of the viewable image and can not effectively capture the true size of a room (unless it's a huge mansion) anywhere near the way a quality wider angle 10mm-22mm lens can.  

Feb 10, 2009 09:18 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

WOW...what a difference that lense makes!  I need to get one , or cheaper yet, get a professional photographer that has one...

Great job at Star Power last week, loved the social networking session!

Aug 05, 2009 04:42 PM #27
Rainer
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Peggy And Bob Cariddi
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Stuart, FL

Thanks for the great advice. The pictures really did the trick for me! I am in Stuart, Florida and many houses have great water views that a wide angle lens will make all the difference in the world. It is a pricey investment but I think it is totally worth it.

Oct 12, 2009 12:31 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Pat - Thanks and I enjoyed doing the Denver Star Power event.  Those events are always so exciting and even when I participate on a panel I still learn a ton.  We are about to test using 3 flash units for even better photos.  We plan to have the Canon 580 mounted on my Canon DSLR and two Canon 430's mounted on tripods.  They will all flash together but will each highlight different locations of the room and cut down on the darker areas.  We have also played with the flash diffuser on the Canon 430 and that has helped cut down on the shadow effect that I was getting when I was shooting at 10mm setting.  

 

Nov 22, 2009 01:02 PM #29
Rainer
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Nicole Donaghy
Home Advantage Realty, Lexington SC - Lexington, SC
Helping Families Home in Lexington and West Columb

I know I am late on the uptake, but I just read your post about wide angle camera lens and wanted to thank you.  It is very helpful.  I would love to see some recommendations, as I am a camera novice.

Jan 03, 2011 07:10 AM #30
Rainer
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James DHaem
Dhaem Development LLC - Lowell, MI

Check out my site www.relaestatecamera.info  I try to keep up on the latest comact digital cameras with 24mm lenses or less. I update the site once a month.

 

Feb 01, 2011 01:57 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

James - Your url got twisted around so I reposted it:  www.realestatecamera.info.

Sam Miller

 

Feb 01, 2011 04:36 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

I am hoping to take this topic to a higher level in March when the new Canon 1DX is released.  The 1DX is a full frame camera with a big sensor and the wide angle will be EVER wider than using the 40D with the 10-22.  Exciting times ahead!

Feb 16, 2012 08:43 AM #33
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Erica Miller
Mount Vernon, OH

The wider angle lens setting on the 10-22 lens goes an excellent joe of showing a more realistic view of the room.  The 35mm and the 24 mm lenses typically found on the point and shoot type cameras just can't capture a wide enough interior view like the DSLR with the ultra wide angle lens can. 

Feb 18, 2012 09:58 AM #34
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Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
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thank you very much for the informative and interesting post. I get so much out of the active rain network.

Mar 06, 2012 10:25 PM #44
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Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Today is a cold and snowy Day In Clintonville so  I will be on Active Rain!

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