Wide Angle Lens Rebel

By
Home Stager with Perfectly Polished Home

Okay, so I have the oh so common Rebel XT. For the past 6 months I have been taking over 100 pictures a day just to learn the camera basics. I am addicted!!! It is so much fun and I am getting better everyday.

However, in the past months that I have been playing, I have never tried any interior shots until now. I am looking into wide angle lenses and not sure which one to go with. It seems as if my only two good options are:

  • Cannon Ultra Wide EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • Sigma Super Wide 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX

What would you do? Have you used either of these lenses with a Rebel Xt? I really want it for taking pictures of my kids, but using it for my Home Staging Before & Afters seems like the only way I will invest in this kind of lens!

Comments (15)

Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Jessica,

I think you would have a great combination of camera and lens. In fact, it's what is recommended as the best 'entry-level' set up for real estate photography, with out spending a fortune. Check out this article.

http://photographyforrealestate.net/2008/07/16/the-best-entry-level-real-estate-photography-combo

Also, here's a review of the Canon 10-22 lens. All you have to do is look at the comparison photos. It's comparing the Sigma 12-24, rather than the 10-20. But they are night-and-day difference.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/Canon-10-22mm-test.shtml

 

Good choice!

 

Aug 10, 2008 11:38 PM
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Interesting enough, I have seen the Sigma test out better than the Canon, but I have a friend who has been shooting with the Sigma and recently purchased the Canon.  He likes the Canon over the Sigma.  Honestly, both lenses are great for what you want to do.

Aug 11, 2008 04:52 AM
Greg Fox
Realty World Wichita - Wichita, KS
Techy Broker in Wichita Kansas

I've used the standard 18 - 55 mm that comes with the lens (28 mm wide angle 35 mm equivalent).  I use it for interior because distortion is minimal, and works well with flash spread.  Not sure I would recommend much wider for most photographers.

Aug 11, 2008 06:56 AM
Mary Richards
Reece & Nichols Realtors - Kansas City, MO
Mary Richards

Jessica:  I have the Canon 18-55.  I does a great job.  If you get much wider, you have to be careful about distortion.  It's pretty expensive to consider purchasing both.  I leave my 18-55 on my camera and switch to my 70-300 when needed.  I haven't used the zoom lens for Real Estate as of yet.

Aug 11, 2008 03:59 PM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Thanks you guys for the info! You would have made it so much easier for me if you could have all 4 said the same thing:)

I do have the the 18-55 lens that came with the camera when I purchased it and overall I have been very happy with it.

Do you think a Flash would be a better thing to purchase before a wide angle lens?

Aug 11, 2008 04:09 PM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

My vote would be for the lens. Personally, I don't think an 18-55 is quite wide enough. Besides, any distortion is typically an easy fix. Also, you can shoot without any flash if you want - but you'll probably want a tripod, as you'll have longer exposures

Just my vote.  : )

 

Aug 12, 2008 02:43 AM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Thanks Michael - I have a tripod  and have been experimenting at ISO 100 & 200, no flash, 6-10 second exposure. I think I could stand to lower the shooting height just a bit. In the after photos of http://activerain.com/blogsview/632121/1st-Before-After-Pictures the camera was 46 inches off of the ground I think. I need to play around here at my house and try some lower heights, too...

So far it looks like:

2 Votes Canon Lens

2 Votes No Angle Lens at all

 

Why does it have to be so tough? I think I would like the wide angle lens and was really considering the Sigma but now I am leaning towards the Canon.

Aug 12, 2008 03:22 AM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Jessica,

It's not tough. There's just too many choices these days.  : ) But Lee is probably right...you could probably go with either lens and be happy. It's just that recently, I've just seen a lot more positive info on the Canon. And a few of the photographers I know, who have used both, prefer it as well. But again, either one would be great to have.

Your pictures on your other blog look really nice! But with an ISO of 100-200, 6-10 seconds seems like a really long exposure. What mode are you shooting in? Do you know what aperture it's shooting at?

On a side note...if you haven't already, you may want to check out these groups. There's a lot of really good info from some really talented folks.

http://photographyforrealestate.net/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/photographyforrealestate/discuss/

Aug 12, 2008 09:03 AM
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

28mm is not wide enough for most interior shots.  The 10-22mm will give you 16-35mm after the crop factor.  16mm to 24mm seems to be a sweet spot for interior photography.  The two distortions I am aware of are barrel distortion and converging verticals or keystoning.  Both are fixable in post-processing, though barrel distortion takes a little more effort to get it right.  The Canon lens produces less barrel distortion.  You can eliminate keystoning by keeping the camera perfectly level (not just keeping the horizontal lines horizontal, but by not tilting the camera up or down).  This will make the height of the camera more critical, which is another reason to have a tripod.  Sometimes you can't get the shot you want by having the camera level, so fixing those converging lines is easy in post-processing and sometimes those converging lines are what you want to draw the attention of the viewer. 

So in order of importance is a good stable tripod, good wide angle lens, desent camera body and flash.  Notice that the camera body comes after the lens and flash comes last.  You can do some amazing things with stobes, but you will find that it increases your time on sight significantly.  Plus, once you purchase a flash, you will want to get another one, some stands and umbrellas.  If two flashes are good, what about three....or four.  You see my point.

Aug 13, 2008 01:49 AM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Comparing the Canon 18-55mm kit lens to the Canon 10-22mm is like comparing a Toyota Corolla to the Lexus LS430.  Sure they are both made by the same company, and they both get you from point A to point B, but their quality is night and day.

Since you already have a tripod and can do longer exposures, you should pass on the flash for now.  Get the Canon 10-22mm.  Stay away from the Sigma in this focal range.

Let me say this again, BUY THE CANON 10-22mm.  The Sigma is more expensive and not as good.  The Canon is $710 on B&H. I bought mine on eBay for $600 bucks with the lens hood and shipping, so try there first.  It may take a while to win a low bid, but it will be worth it once you get the lens.  This lens is a great investment.

You can also use this lens to shoot your kids.  You can get real close up and still have the background in focus.  You should be able to get some real creative shots.

The links that Michael provided are great.  We both post on there.

I agree with most of what Lee said, except for the order of importance.  I would say the most important is the lens, then camera, tripod, and finally the flash.  There are some great pros out there that do not use a tripod at all and their work is amazing.  They get down on one knee and know how to level the camera.  All it takes is a little practice and you're good to go.

He is right.  You'll want to get more and more flashes once you start.  By the way, when it comes to getting more flashes for your Canon and interior photography, buy Nikons.

On a seperate note, also take a look at the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens.  It's about $90 at stores, $60 on ebay.  It will come in very handy for interior detail work with shallow depth of field.  It's also great for headshots and portraits so you'll get a lot of pro looking shots of your children to send to the Grandparents.

Good luck!

Gregory

 


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Aug 13, 2008 06:39 AM
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Gregory, you are right about the order of importance.  I only put the tripod first because a person with a decent compact camera can improve their photography by adding a tripod, then when they want to get serious and purchase a DSLR, the rest of the order comes into play.

Gregory is a much better photographer than I.  Listen to him very carfuly.  He knows what he's talking about.

Aug 13, 2008 08:10 AM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

OKAY :)

1. Tripod - check (with level)

2. DSLR - check (Rebel XT)

3. Lens -

4. Flash -

So the Canon lens is next on my purchase list. Thanks for all of the advice & help. I am a huge eBayer so I wouldn't be surprised if that is where I find my new lens:)

Gregory, your logo is so... LA, if you will! I like it.

Like I said, I am just beginning and I don't have a desire to shoot for A/D, but I would like to be that good someday! Yes, shooting the kids with this lens will be a MAJOR plus for me, too!

I looking forward to checking out the Photo tip links above.

You all are such a great resource.

Aug 13, 2008 08:40 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Jessica - Thanks for the post. I shoot with a Nikon D70 and have several wide angle lenses for taking photos of Commercial Buildings. I have the old Cannon cameras from way back when and took photos for 30 years with Cannon cameras. I think Cannon, Nikon, etc. are all good cameras.

Aug 25, 2008 05:20 AM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Robert - thanks for your input - nice camera!

I won't need the lens until November or December, but now I KNOW I will purchase the Cannon lens. I plan to partner up with a photographer or two in the area as well. I want to use them as much as possible!

 

Sep 04, 2008 04:16 AM
FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:. FranklyRealty.com
Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc - Arlington, VA

WHich lens did you get? I got the Canon 10-22, but you wont notice any difference with the Sigma for interiors.

 

The main problem will be the pop up flash which leaves a horrible shadow on the photo. You can buy a $10 diffuser that kinda helps, but isn't perfect. Still looking for a solution where I dont need to buy a new and large flash

 

 

Feb 08, 2009 10:45 AM