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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Fred Griffin I'd prefer Wide Angle Lens or even take some pictures and use Stitching Software to cover more ground.

Microsoft's ICE is free service to create panorama pictures - and one more, Hug-in.

Feb 12, 2016 03:36 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Fish eye lenses, at least what I have seen, distort the view. Ugh. Wide angle lenses are much better, or even a regular view

Feb 12, 2016 11:42 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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My professional photographer uses a wide angle lens so it doesn't distort the photos.

Feb 15, 2016 10:44 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
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Fred - From what I have seen fish-eye lenses distort the room. As others have mentioned, wide angle lenses are a better option. 

Feb 14, 2016 02:04 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NO!!!   I have had clients walk out of a home without seeing it entirely because it was so much smaller than the picture made it look

Feb 13, 2016 07:11 AM
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Jill Moog
Coast & Country Homes and Estates, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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I think the fish-eye lense distorts the photos, a wide-angle lense looks better.

Feb 13, 2016 12:42 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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I use a wide angle but most pictures I see with a fish eye look distorted

Feb 13, 2016 12:20 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I use wide angle at about 16-18mm. The fisheye lenses I have seen distort and don't provide a true view.

Feb 12, 2016 11:43 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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I have not used them and usually don't like what I see when they are used; photo's look somewhat distorted.

Feb 12, 2016 11:16 PM
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Richard Russell
FERN C BURR, LLC - Sanford, FL
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I use a wide angle lens, it really helps when photographing smaller rooms. Sometimes there is distortion around the edges if the lens is too wide. Still better looking than a photo with standard lens which only shows part of the room and makes it look small. It is generally worth it to pay a photographer to get good photos if you don't have a camera with the proper lenses.

Feb 12, 2016 11:14 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Fred Griffin I think they distort the view too much and are not a good representation of the room.

Feb 12, 2016 10:57 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
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No - and parked and reading

Feb 12, 2016 10:25 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I do not use one.

Feb 12, 2016 10:11 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Worthless without perspective correction and the result will confuse the public.

Feb 12, 2016 09:45 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
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I don't use it and normally take my own photos.  I've seen some people who do and their pictures do not look nearly as good as this one.  Maybe I need to give it a try.  Most of the time it just makes the room look smaller in the pictures I have seen.  Maybe it is an operator error.

Feb 12, 2016 09:29 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I'm not a fan of fish eye lenses. Too distorted in most cases. We are required to present a true picture in all advertising, so fish eye photos should be banned.

Feb 12, 2016 09:22 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
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I think it's a distortion and wouldn't use them.

Feb 12, 2016 08:39 PM
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Most wide angle lenses are modified fish eye's. Yes they do distort and one has to use photo shop or similar programs to make corrections.

Feb 12, 2016 06:01 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Some people use fish eye lenses for special effects and creative photography.  I don't think they are appropriate for listing photographs.

Feb 12, 2016 04:22 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I've see really rounded pictures, they look artsy but annoying for my eye. I have that lens but would not use it for RE pictures. 

Feb 12, 2016 03:48 PM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

Optical distortion is what you usually get with a fisheye lens.  I'm not a fan. 

Feb 12, 2016 01:47 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
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I don't think using that type of lens gives a good picture.  Maybe it's me, looks distorted. 

Feb 12, 2016 01:12 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Fred,

We have some of the best photographers here, and some have been featured in Architectural Digest for their amazing work.  I have not seen any of them use the fish eye lens...but I have not seen all their work, they may have, just none of them have appeared on the high end listings.  A

Feb 12, 2016 01:03 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Most fisheye lenses badly distort the shots.  I have a very wide angle one that keeps the lines straight.  So, did you take the shot above with a fisheye?  and if so, what kind was it?

Feb 12, 2016 12:17 PM
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

The trouble with fish-eye is that buyer cannot truly tell if he or she actually likes the room in question.  It's not a good representation.  I think you'll do better learning how to move your camera so you can get one shot of each side of the veranda corner, and splice them together.

Feb 12, 2016 11:08 AM
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Sam Shueh
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Only on tiny room that wide angle can not cover. I use plastic lens since we human does not see objects that way.

Feb 12, 2016 11:04 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I use a wide angle full frame, but not fish eye.  Yuck.

Feb 12, 2016 11:03 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I do not like them. I do not use them. I don't know about "distorting" the room ... but I feel the lens does not give a true perspective of the room.

Feb 12, 2016 10:13 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
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I do not use the fish eye and feel it distorts the photos.

Feb 12, 2016 09:53 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
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Fred, I do most of my listing photography. I have a wide angle lens that shows the whole room but does not over do it.

Feb 12, 2016 09:45 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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The SLR to DSLR lens conversion isn't an exact science depending on the sensor used in each camera but the 35mm equivalent I won't go below is about 25mm which keeps distortion to a minimum in most situations. Two pet peeves are vertical video and the fisheye lens!   

Feb 12, 2016 09:35 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
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I don't use one and I hate it when the pictures are deceiving.

Feb 12, 2016 09:18 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Distorts the room.

Feb 12, 2016 09:01 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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I stay with a pro wide angle or if I do hire it out, the same.

Feb 12, 2016 08:54 AM
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Bob Crane
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I've never used one.

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