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I love my wide angle lens, I hate my wide angle lens

Real Estate Agent with Boardman Realty

For taking interior property photos a wide angle lens is a must. I don't know what more I can say about that.  So I bought a wide angle lens.  I was so excited when it came, I couldn't wait to use it.

It is a heavy lens. A 12-24 Tokina, that weighs 10 pounds.  That is an exaggeration but it is heavy enough so that sometimes I leave it at home. It was also expensive and for about a year all I have used to for is property shots. I wanted to get more out of it. A friend convinced me that a wide angle lens can be fun.   What is fun about having a lens that has to be held level and works best close up?

So I put the dang thing on my camera and left it on for a few days and made myself use it. On some of the photos I straightened the converging verticals and cropped off the distortion that occurs on each end of the shot when the lens is set as wide as it can go and on some I did not.  I guess I am learning to like the lens of at least I am learning to get the most out of it. They are not cheap.

The lens is noce for shooting long trains. . . yah I know that doesn't come up very often unless you live by the river in St. Paul like I do.


I thought it would be fun to shoot a whole street so I did in the most colorful part of St. Paul, District Del Sol. It is a little distorted on one side but what the heck.

Taken from the river side of the science museum of Minnesota. The shot doesn't wow me but I have to admit I could not have gotten the building and the maze with any of my other lenses.

For this one I deliberatly took it at a wierd angle, just for fun. It is the Ordway Theater in downtown St. Paul.

Again with this one I chose an angle just for the heck of it. 

I guess I will keep playing with it. If you own a wide angle lens for your business, take it out and play with it sometime. I still think it is more fun to use when my husband is with me and carries the camera bag.

Judy Peterson
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox&Roach Realtors - Tredyffrin, PA
"Superb Service, Superb Results"

Teresa! -

As always, your photos are stunning! Are these also HD? I saved for and finally got my Sigma 10-20mm lens which I just love. A little more reasonably priced than the Tokina but still really good.

So many real estate shots that you can't get without a wide angle lens. You've inspired me to take my new lens outside.

BTW, for those who don't have the full photoshop, ptlens is a nice utility to help fix the vertical distortions when you need to.

Jul 05, 2009 06:33 AM
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Orange County, CA

Teresa: My wonderful husband bought me the Nikon 14-24 mm f2.8 lens for my birthday. I've been drooling over that lens since Nikon put it on the market. I am using it on a lowly Nikon D40, which is way too little camera for way too much lens, but the interior photos I get are light years ahead of anything you could get with a point and shoot.

I always shoot photos for the Realtors I stage for to use in the MLS and marketing materials. I use them in my portfolio as well. The listing agents are thrilled because they are getting gorgeous photos for no additional cost. Hopefully, Santa will show me the love and there will be a Nikon D90 under the tree this year.

I have only used it a few times for outdoor photos (besides house exteriors) but you have inspired me to do it more often. Your photos are beautiful.

Jul 05, 2009 08:18 AM
Chad Boyers
The Danberry Co.- Toledo, Perrysburg, Sylvania, & NW OH - Toledo, OH

I love using my Sigma 10-20mm lens.  It's great for interior and exterior photos.  As has already been mentioned, it takes time to get used to using the lens (besides learning the thousands of variables on teh camera itself).  You definitely should have a separate flash as well, otherwise I've found that there can be a pretty fair amount of shadowing (I have a Canon 580ex II).  I have A LOT of learning to do, but I so enjoy taking pictures w/ my DSLR! 

I encourage those of you w/ DSLR's (wide angle lens or not) to take it with you everywhere you go for a while. You'll be amazed at the shots that you end up with!

High Level Bridge Toledo Ohio

Jul 05, 2009 10:11 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Those are fantastic pictures.  I have not used my SLR's since everything went digital.  I probably need to get a new SLR.  I loved my wide angle lense when I used them.

Jul 05, 2009 10:31 AM
Toronto, ON

I've been using a Sigma 10mm - 20 mm for quite a while.  Well worth the cost.  I bought it for real estate purposes but have not yet experimented with it for other types of shots.  However, I think I should now do so.

Jul 05, 2009 11:07 AM
Kimberly Fowler

I love your shots! Very nice, thanks for sharing. I never thought about wide angle lens before you post.

Jul 05, 2009 12:19 PM
Bill Bergen

Great photos.  Often the best photos are the ones that I just take.  Before I can think to hard how to set it up.  Thats the beauty of cameras today, don't like it?  Hit delete. 

Jul 05, 2009 12:38 PM
Christopher Johnston
The Johnston Team - Metairie, LA

The benefit to using saying Nikon glass with a Nikon body (or Canon, or Panasonic, etc..) is that the camera software will help take out any distortion caused by the lens. Wide angle lenses are prone to having a lot of distortion and learning how to work around that is one of the challenges of using them. Of course, you could just hire a professional photographer to shoot your properties too.

Jul 05, 2009 03:56 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


I was taking shots of the Madera Canyon portion of Coronado National Forest this evening just as the moon was rising.  I wanted a wide angle lens so badly!

Mike in Tucson

Jul 05, 2009 04:52 PM
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches


Great pix! I'm ready to rush out and buy my own wide angle lens, but I'll have to buy a new camera ,too!

Jul 06, 2009 04:12 AM
Palm Coast Homes
100 Plus Realty LLC - Palm Coast, FL
Palm Coast/Flagler County Real Estate, The Ross/Co

You create such beautiful pictures and a great eye ;)

Jul 06, 2009 05:10 AM
The Rains Team
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Hoschton, GA
A higher standard in real estate

Hi Teresa, Those are fantastic pictures! I know that the wide angle lens is a nuisance, but I think I would leave it on more often if I were you...absolutely great pictures.

Have a great day,

Anne Rains

Jul 06, 2009 06:42 AM
Connie Wildasinn
WGroup Realtors - Long Beach, CA
25+ years at your Service

Beautiful Shorts! Did you use a filter? Great Color


Connie Wildasinn - Broker, Realtor, Investor since 1979

WGA Real Estate - Los Angeles-Orange Counties


Jul 06, 2009 10:54 AM
Kerry Jenkins
Prime Properties - Crestline, CA

Gorgeous!  i have a cheap wide angle lens that goes for my old digital camera, and I would love to have a nicer one to go with my newer camera but I am wanting to buy a better digital SLR with all the lenses , since it doesn't take pictures like those!!!  Great shots and thanks for sharing! 

Jul 07, 2009 10:41 AM
Paula Burt

I use the same lens Jill uses.  It's nothing like yours, but for someone like me with no real education in photography, it works great, and makes a big difference in shooting interior rooms, as Jill so aptly illustrated.  At only $40, for someone who just wants "point & shoot", it does the job and weighs very little.

Jul 07, 2009 08:04 PM
Herb Hamilton
RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors - Portland, OR
Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland

Hey T,

Broke down and bought a Canon SX10 on the Fourth. After 2 or 3 months of agonizing over which camera to get I took the plunge.

Imediate results and tons of compliments from my Seller's as I began to replace those poor photo's ( still better than 90% of the MLS ) with the new ones from my SX10.

Great Wide angle shots and I love the 560 telephoto.

Jul 10, 2009 02:32 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


I'm weighing buying a wide angle for my Nikon d90.. found your post while searching for info on AR.  Nicely done photos!

Feb 28, 2011 01:38 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Teresa Boardman, You shared some great photos in this blog and I recognize that you shared this quite a while ago but it inspired me to check out some of your more recent posts.  

Nov 09, 2014 02:44 AM
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN

Sam I have what some call "outside" blogs but what I call a business blog. Infact I have two of them. StPaulRealEstateBlog.com and a photo blog at StPaulPhotos.com . The blogs are why I don't have time to post on Active rain much anymore. 

Nov 09, 2014 03:12 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Some Realtors are in love with their ultra wide angle lens. It lures buyers in, just to be disappointed in the home and in the Realtor industry that tolerates photographic misrepresentation. 


Oct 30, 2017 07:27 AM