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Which Wide-Angle Lens for a Canon 30D: Canon 10-22 or Canon 14mm

Posted by larrylohrman on October 15, 2007

Cherie Irwin is purchasing a new wide-angle lens for her Canon 30D and wants some advice. Cherie says:

“I’m thinking about purchasing a new wide angle lens, since I am experiencing some major distortions and focusing issues with mine after I dropped it on the ground. I took into my local camera shop, and they can’t determine what is wrong with it. Since I have the Canon 30D, I’d like to go ahead and purchase the Canon 10-22mm. It has great reviews, and I’m not certain that the 14mm Rectilinear would work well on a sensor with a 1.6x crop factor. I know, based on some of the Flickr posts, that some of the contributors work on a similar frame with a 14mm lens. But, many of my clients have complained about the long center plane and stretching that the rectilinear lens creates…my competitor uses one”

Here’s what I told her:

To me the sigma 10-20mm is an ideal RE lens for the 30D since it would effectively be a 16-32mm almost identical to what I shoot with (16-35mm on a 1Ds) and the thing I love about it is I can use it for exteriors and interiors. I try to use the 16 end only in small bedrooms and bathrooms and stay between 20 and 24 in larger rooms. Using a 14mm rectilinear (22.4mm on a 30D) would reduce your flexibility a some but it is famous for not having any barrel distortion. I would go with the Sigma 10-20mm just because of the flexibility of a zoom.

Anyone out there using a 14mm on a cropped frame body? I know Scott Hargis uses a 14mm on a Canon 20D. Cherie would like hear your arguments for using either of these two lenses. Help Cherie decide what to do.

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And Wed Was Nikon Day – A Full Frame Nikon!

Posted by larrylohrman on August 24, 2007

It’s that time of the year- Wed Nikon announced 2 new bodies and several new lenses. For interior shooters the most significant announcements have to be the new full frame D3 and the Nikon AF-S 14-24 mm F2.8G ED

I’ve always felt that Nikon would eventually break down and offer a full frame DSLR. I’m just puzzled why it took them so long. The combination of the 14-24mm and D3 looks like a sweet combination for shooting interiors.

Notice that both the D300 and the D3 have CMOS sensors similar to the D2X. The Sony/Nikon relationship where Sony is making the CMOS sensors for Nikon must be working well.

Update on 8/25: According to Ron Galgraith, Nikon designed the D3 sensor but won’t reveal who it’s manufacturing partner is… maybe Sony, maybe not.

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Monday 8/20 Was Canon’s Day For Announcements

Posted by larrylohrman on August 22, 2007

As the dpreview.com weekly newsletter said, Monday was Canon day since no less than 11 new Canon products were announced. Perhaps the most significant to real estate photographers was the Canon EF 14 mm F2.8 L II USM.

I associate this lens with real estate photographers because several accomplished real estate photographers I know use it. This lens is famous as a rectilinear lens that from what I hear it is one of the handful of ultra-wide-angle lenses have no barrel distortion. This means you don’t get those curved lines near the edge of the frame that have to be corrected. This is a pricey lens ($2100 list) and is a redesign of the current Super Wide Angle EF 14mm f/2.8L USM Autofocus Lens .

If you have seen Scott Hargis’s images on the Photography For Real Estate flickr group you may have noticed from the EXIF data that the currently available version of this lens is what Scott regularly uses for his real estate shots. Of coarse this lens is effectively a 22.4mm lens on small sensor camera bodies like Rebel XTi/D20/D30/D40 etc.

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A Montior For Cramped Angles by Marc Lacoste

Posted by larrylohrman on June 29, 2007


I wanted to highlight Marc Lacoste’s great idea for shooting in corners for those of you that don’t frequent the flickr discussions.

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Another Way to Keep The Walls Straight

Posted by larrylohrman on June 12, 2007


Cheri Irwin reports that her new Manfrotto 682B monopod with retractable legs has sped up her work flow by helping keep her camera straight. She says:

“Since falling walls always seem to be an issue for us, especially those who shoot off-tripod, I found a really great item. I have been shooting on a tripod for some time now, but I hate that it doesn’t give me much flexibility in the case of photographing tight, cramped spaces. Even then, I was still having trouble getting my tripod completely level, and then you still have to take into account variances in terrain, i.e. a rug on the floor that is not easily moved.

So I started looking at monopods, but I didn’t like the idea of not being able to leave my camera on it without fear of it sliding off of whatever I might lean it upon. Can you imagine the horror of your camera slamming to the floor? In my research, I found a monopod made by Bogen/Manfrotto with retractable legs. I shot with it for the first time today, and it is the perfect solution! It fits in really tight spaces, I can leave my camera on it and walk away and best of all, it is a sure thing for getting perfect verticals! I see that converging Verticals will now be a thing of the past for me. No need to fix any of my lines, since they are already perfectly lined up. And of course, that breaks my editing time nearly in half!”

Thanks Cherie for passing on your experiences with your new purchase.

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Don’t Forget About Polarizers When It’s Sunny

Posted by larrylohrman on May 8, 2007


This is the time of year when real estate photographers need to make sure they have a polarizer in their bag.

It’s easy to forget that when it’s sunny outside you should try a polarizer on all your outside shots. In bright sunlight a polarizer makes colors rich and saturated. This gives an outdoor photo a real punch. It can also give the sky and clouds increase contrast in many cases.

I was shooting the home above that we listed for a professional photographer. After showing him the photos he suggested that I use a polarizer. For some reason I’d completely forgot about the wonderful effect that a polarizer can have on an outside shot. After this shoot I never forget my polarizer. The disappointing thing is that I’ve never figured out how to put a polarizer on my Sigma 8mm fisheye lens that I use to shoot 360 images. The front of the lens is curved so I haven’t found a way to mount a polarizer on it.

For more info on polarizers see:

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Top 5 Selling DSLRs As of February 2007

Posted by larrylohrman on May 5, 2007

popphoto.com reports the top 5 DSLRs for Feb. Canon Digital Rebel XTI and Nikon D40 took the top two spots respectively. The D40 has moved from #3 to number #2 since January of 2007.

I’ve been talking to agents that are in the process of upgrading from non-DSLRs and they are choosing to upgrade to models on this list. One point of discussion has been does the Sigma 10-20mm auto focus on the D40. After some research our interpretation is that it does since it has an auto focus motor in the lens (the D40 doesn’t have an auto focus motor). It also appears that the SB-600 and SB-800 will work on the D40.

If any one has experience with these combinations please let us know.

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Canon Live View Allows Remote Wireless Operation

Posted by larrylohrman on May 1, 2007

Highlighting a recent comment by Marc Lacoste, the new Live View system introduced on the new Canon 1D  Mark III is of interest to photographers wanting to shoot from an elevated point of view on a tall mono-pod or pole. An article by Vincent Laforet on www.sportsshooter.com explains his experiences with Live View shooting elevated wide-angle shots at the Masters golf tournament. This is exactly what you need if you are trying to get a high point of view shot of the exterior of a home.

As Marc points out, the 1D MkIII is not the ideal camera for shooting interiors because of it’s 1.28x field of view crop but it could work by using a Sigma 12-24 lens. I think the main point is that this kind of wireless technology is probably not far away for many other cameras.

Another feature of the 1D Mark III that I like it that you can have it display a grid in the view finder so the shooter has a reference for keeping horizontal and verticals in order.

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Expodisc: A Way Get Correct White Balance at Capture Time

Posted by larrylohrman on April 24, 2007

You may have noticed that when M. James Northen was describing his process for shooting the image we featured about a month ago he mentioned that he used a Expodisc. If you are not familiar with with the Expodisc, Ken Rockwell has a great article on the subject. Basically it’s a filter like device that helps you get accurate white balance at capture time rather than make adjustments in Lightroom or Photoshop. There are always some that would rather do more at capture time than in Photoshop. On the other hand some folks are more comfortable in Photoshop and find it easier to image-edit than to buy equipment.

I bring this up be cause Karl was wondering how widely the Expodisc is used and if most RE photographers address white balance at capture time or in Lightroom and Photoshop.

I personally love the way shooting RAW allows you to make white balance adjustments during photo-editing. The less technical camera things I have to pay attention to while shooting the more I can focus on composing and thinking about the aesthetic aspects of the shots. But I know there are others out there that are on the “other side of this fence”. A very compelling feature of both Lightroom 1.0 and Photoshop CS3 (actually I think this is a feature of Camera Raw 4.0 which they both use) is that even if you are shooting to JPG, Lightroom and PS CS3 allow you to adjust white balance in the same way as if you shot in RAW.

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What About RealPix Point-And-Shoot Aimed At Realtors?

Posted by larrylohrman on April 16, 2007

Recently a company called RealPix announced a point and shoot style camera designed for Realtors. I has 22mm fixed focus lens, 640×480 pixel resolution, “high-powered” built-in flash all for $299. It is expected to ship in July.

Reviews at this point are mixed. Darren Murph at Engadget is not impressed. Nor is Wired’s Gadget Lab.

In my opinion, this camera will not impress Realtors. I have a lot of Realtor friends and very few would buy something like this. All the Realtors I know already have more sophisticated camera’s in their cell phones (minus the 22mm lens).

Via: Wired & Adorama News

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Real Estate Photography With Sony A100 & Sigma 10-20 Zoom

Posted by larrylohrman on January 14, 2007


Richard Clafton working in Seabrook, Texas sent us a link to a gallery of his real estate photography work done with a Sony A100 and a Sigma 10-20mm zoom lens. Richard says:

“I have some sample images on my site over at www.riroc.com/gallery.aspx. All the images in the gallery were taken with a Sony A100 10.2mp Camera fitted with a Sigma 10mm – 20mm lens. No flash was used and all images were taken with long exposures on a tripod at ISO80.

The detail from this lens is amazing. I have some other images over at www.clafton.com (my personal photoblog) that were also taken with this lens. The exif information is attached to each and every image so you can see which ones were shot with that lens.

A recommended buy!”

This is the first time I’ve seen results with the Sigma 10-20 used on the relatively new Sony A100. Thanks Richard.

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D40 – Nikon’s New Low-End DSLR Announced

Posted by larrylohrman on November 22, 2006

Nikon’s newly announced D40 significantly lowers the cost of a DSLR. The Nikon D40 is small, light and undeniably cheap at just $599/£449.99/€679.99 with the new 18-55mm kit lens (it won’t be sold as body-only). This pricing puts the D40 $300 below the D50. This new 18-55mm kit lens is a updated version of Nikon’s 18-55mm lens improved for the D40. As usual Phil Askey has and in depth review of the D40 over at www.dpreview.com.

I think Real estate photographers using the D40 would get the best result if they  added a wide-angle lens. 18mm with a 1.5x field of view crop (effectively 27mm) is on the ragged edge of what you can get by with shooting interiors. Be careful though  when choosing a lens for the D40 it can only auto focus with lenses that have built-in focus motors.

As with any DSLR being used for interiors, I’d also recommend a external flash unit to give you the power to light a room nicely. Nikon has designed a new external flash (the SB-400) for the D40. The SB-400 unit has a guide number of 21 (m at ISO 100 at 18mm) and has a shooting distance of 60 cm to 20 m (2 to 66 ft).

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Aerial Photos From a Helium Balloon

Posted by larrylohrman on September 12, 2006

Today Bruce Vinal of Concord, MA showed me some of his recent aerial  real estate photos that he took from a helium balloon. My favorite one is the one above that was taken from about 75 feet. Bruce says:

“I’ve got about $2,000 into my equipment right now but that number is sure to rise. I bought bits and pieces all over the web and fabricated the rest.The actual balloon is from Southern Balloon works I use a Nikon CoolPix-7900. It’s a good, lightweight (very important) 7 mega-pixel camera. The Nikon is mounted on a homemade aluminum frame that, using r/c servos, can pan tilt and trip the shutter. I bought a video down-link from Black Widow AV that allows me to see, on the ground ,what the camera sees in the air”

It seems to me this technology (a helium balloon) is a great alternative for doing real estate photography since it is relatively inexpensive compared to a mast or heli-cam or flying around in an airplane and it seems like it would be versatile and easy to operate.

My comment to Bruce was that I’d be inclined to use a camera that you could put a wide-angle adapter on so you could get a wide view without having to go up so high. I don’t believe a CoolPix-7900 has lens threads so you can add a wide-angle converter… I could be wrong but I think 38mm is the widest angle you can go with the 7900.

UPDATE:

I was wrong the CoolPix 7900 does have a wide angle adapter It can go down to 16 or 20mm.

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Canon Full-frame Sensors Have Big Pixels

Posted by larrylohrman on September 6, 2006

I try to control my enthusiasm for Canon full-frame CMOS sensors because full-frame sensors are not essential for real estate photography but recently Ron Galbraith posted an interesting Canon white paper on Full-frame sensors on his site. As Ron says, this white paper has some marketing hype but it also has a great explanation of why you would want to own a full-frame CMOS sensor like those in the canon 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II and 5D. My reason is simple I just want a 16-35mm zoom to behave like a 16-35mm lens! Although I learned another reason… big pixels!

The subject of full-frame sensors has always been dear to me. When I gave up film in 1999 I had the mistaken expectation that I would some day be able to use my favorite Nikon wide-angle lenses and continue shooting interiors as I’d done for years. When I figured out that my 24mm Nikkor lens would effectively become a 38mm  lens if I used it on a Nikon D1 (current DSLR at the time) I was not impressed. More accurately I was crushed. Needless to say when Canon introduced the 1Ds was introduced I fell in love with the 16-35mm zoom and the full-frame sensor. I know, it’s not necessary for real estate. But it sure creates wonderful images!

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The Importance of Flash Sync Speed

Posted by larrylohrman on August 26, 2006

Marc Lacoste’s comment on my last post refers indirectly to a very significant article on kenrockwell.com for real estate photographers. The article explains several reasons photographers should care about flash sync speed. The most important reason for real estate photographers is flash range. As Ken’s excellent article explains, faster sync speed means longer flash range. The point of Marc’s comment is that the older Nikon DSLRs (D50 & D70) have a flash sync speed of 1/500 and above… good for real estate photography!

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Canon Announces 400D – Latest Evolution of Their Low-end DSLR

Posted by larrylohrman on August 24, 2006

The Canon 300D and the 350D are very popular cameras and widely used in real estate applications. The 400D is a refinement of this already popular model.

The Canon press release says:

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 24 August 2006: Canon today announces its next generation D-SLR: the EOS 400D. Featuring a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, new EOS Integrated Cleaning System, larger and brighter 2.5” LCD and 9-point AF, the model is predicted to take the lead as the world’s most popular camera. It is positioned above the EOS 350D, currently the fastest selling SLR camera of all time.

Canon’s EOS 300D, the world’s first consumer D-SLR, kick started a digital revolution in 2003. “We are now witnessing a mass consumer trend towards D‑SLR,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.

Consumer research shows it is not only existing film SLR owners now switching to digital SLR photography. “On top of the existing 21 million analogue EOS shooters, a completely new profile of consumer is adopting digital EOS and driving growth,” said Jensen. “With European household penetration having only just hit 3%, the question now is not ‘will this market be big’, but ‘how big will this market become’.”

The EOS 400D features

  • 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • 2.5” LCD screen with 230K pixels and 160º viewing angle
  • High-precision 9 point AF system
  • Picture Style image processing parameters
  • DIGIC II image processor with 0.2 sec start up
  • Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
  • Compact and Lightweight body
  • Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites

Canon is the only D-SLR brand to own and manufacture the sensor, processor and lenses in house. “EOS photographers benefit from 20 years of ongoing research investment into EOS,” said Jensen. “EOS photographers have the great advantage of owning a system camera in which every element is designed at a very fundamental level to work as a balanced, integrated whole. It is one reason why more than 70% of registered photographers at the Athens Olympics shot on EOS.” With EOS, Canon aims to provide consumers with the widest and most expandable camera system available, including over 60 EF lenses and Speedlite flash units.

For complete information see the post at dpreview.com

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Problems With Using Slave Flashes on Compact Digital Cameras

Posted by larrylohrman on August 22, 2006

Recently I was rummaging through my old film camera gear and ran across my old Nikon SB-26 flash unit that I used to use with my Nikon 6006 film camera. While thumbing through the manual I noticed that it has a slave mode where light from another flash can be used to trigger it. I decided to set it up and try to trigger it with my CoolPix-4300. I a post back in February of this year I recommended using a slave external flash unit when you are using a compact camera that doesn’t have a hot-shoe for an external flash unit.

It turns out there are serious problems with this technique. Virtually all compact cameras need a wide-angle converter to get a wide enough angle of view (Kodak V570 is the only exception I know of) for interiors and it turns out that wide-angle converters block the built-in flash and make a nasty shadow in the image (see the image above). The built-in flash triggers the slave flash OK but there’s not much you can do about the shadow. The image below is what results when you take off the wide-angle converter- the slave flash illuminates the room beautifully but the angle of view is not wide enough for a pleasing interior shot.

I doubt if this is a problem unique to my CoolPix-4300 and WC-63 wide-angle converter. I believe the conclusion is: Don’t expect to use a built-in flash unit to trigger a slave flash unit when you are using a wide-angle converter. To state it differently, if you’re going to use an external flash unit with a compact camera that requires a wide-angle converter you need to have make sure an external flash can be fired on a hot-shoe or with a PC sync cord without the built-in flash firing. At this point, without doing some research, I’m not sure if there are any compact cameras that work well with external flashes!

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More on Vignetting

Posted by larrylohrman on June 11, 2006

In a previous post I've discussed the photo composition use of vignetting. Vignetting is considered a lens defect. There is an interesting post over at the "Online photographer" by Mike Johnson today on vignetting. Apparently, there are vignetting issues with many lenses used on the Canon 5D. You are likely to see vignetting in most lenses if you look close enough. Some lenses have more than others. Cameras with full frame sensors (Canon 5D, 1Ds, 1Ds II) are famous for exposing lens defects.

It's worth mentioning that for those that use Camera Raw that is built into Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS2 can be used to remove vignetting or illumination falloff. The feature is on the "lens" tab. There are two sliders at the bottom that allow you to remove vignetting in the image. I am intimately aware of this feature because I have a 8 mm Sigma fisheye (see image example above) that has big-time vignetting and I routinely remove the vignetting before I stitch the fisheye images together into panoramas.

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Sony Announces a DSLR

Posted by larrylohrman on June 10, 2006

On monday Sony announced its DSLR-A100. This camera looks like it will be a contender for the lowend DSLR market now dominated by the Canon Rebel and Nikon D50 and D70. This announcement is of special significance to Konica Minolta owners because the A100 will have the same lens mount as Konica Minolta. So if you own Konica Minolta glass this announcement is good news.

18 lenses were announced with the A100 including at 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 wide-angle zoom (16-27mm equivalent) priced at $649 USD. This lens makes the A100 suitable for real estate photography.

dpreview.com claims that the sensor used in the A100 is the same CCD sensor used in the Nikon D200. If that is the case this is significant because the current pre-order price is $999 USD.

For all the details see the article on www.dpreview.com.

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How to get free shipping at B&H Photo

Posted by larrylohrman on May 4, 2006

Yesterday I attended the Photoshop CS2 Power Tour in Seattle. In the next few days I’ll be passing on some photo editing ideas that I picked up.

B&H Photo had a booth there and I discovered that NAPP members get free shipping for anything they order at B&H. To get this discount NAPP members have to call a special NAPP Hotline (800-686-3660). For anyone that purchases equipment from B&H this is significant!

I also found that B&H stands for Bertha and Herman. Bertha and Herman are the founders. If you’ve ever been to the actual store in NY, that takes up a whole city block, you may have thought B&H stands for “Beards and Hats”.

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Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Posted by larrylohrman on April 30, 2006

This camera’s 24-120 mm equivalent lens plus a 0.8 x wide angle converter (Sony VCL-DEH08R ) make it an excellent choice for real estate shooters. Another feature important to the interior photographer is the hot shoe that is off center (not directly behind the lens). This means you don’t get those nasty reflections like you do when the flash is directly on the center line of the lens.

This is the first compact digital camera with a built-in lens to employ significantly larger CMOS sensor than previous. The CMOS sensor is significant in that they are low noise and produces images of quality similar to current DSLRs. See Michael Reichmann’s article.

I’m adding the DSC-R1 to my recommended cameras for shooting interiors.

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Doing a Large Brochure with 3.1 Mega Pixels

Posted by larrylohrman on April 19, 2006


When you are choosing a camera to use for real estate photography mega pixels are a relatively unimportant factor these days. That is, any digital camera you purchase in 2006 will have more than enough mega pixels to do everything you need to do. Yet I continually see people that recommend cameras to real estate agents obsessing about mega pixels.

The reason this is true is that 99% of the use for real estate photographs is for website use or small page size flyers. The typical application that most people think a large mega pixel count is required is for magazine or large brochure creation. In this application you typically need images that are 300 dpi.

I use the image above (the front and back of the folded brochure) as an example of how you get by doing large image 300 dpi printing with a camera that has 3.1 mega pixels. This is an 11”x17” 2 page folded brochure made from an image I shot in 2000 with the CoolPix-995 I was using for real estate photography at that time. I shot in the mode that created a TIFF file and only enlarged the image slightly to fit the 11×17 page. My point is that if I can create an 11×17 300 dpi brochure with a 3.1 mega pixel camera (designed in 1999) you’ll have no problem doing this with any camera on the market in 2006 that have much higher mega pixel counts.

This two page folded brochure is something we do in addition to flyers for the upper-end homes we list. We have them inside the home so only people being shown the home can take one. I print them on 80 lb glossy paper at Kinkos on a large laser printer. They cost between $3 and $4 each but impress both sellers and buyers. We find they are well worth the cost for upper-end homes.

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In-camera panorama stitching

Posted by larrylohrman on April 15, 2006

Today a reader posed an interesting question. “…isn’t a panorama a replacement for a wide-angle lens without the problem of perspective exaggeration you get with ultra-wide angle lenses?”

I’ve never thought of it in those terms but yes it is. A couple of fames stitched together will in fact increase your horizontal field of view (HFOV). The key is that it needs be very fast and easy to stitch the frames together for this approach to make sense.

The concept of fast and easy panorama stitching got me thinking. There are cameras on the market now that have features that aid in shooting panoramas and some actually stitch the panorama in the camera.

In-Camera-Stitching

Camera assists shooting panoramas

These lists are probably not a complete, these are the ones I found in the first 5 pages of a Google search for “in camera stitching”.

Thanks Eric in California for getting me thinking about panoramas in this light.

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Reduced Sized Wide-angle Lenses

Posted by larrylohrman on April 13, 2006

I’ve updated my list of real estate cameras to remove the Canon 10-20mm and Sigma 10-20mm from being usable lenses with the Canon EOS 5D. Until Marc Lacoste pointed it out, I’d completely over looked the fact that these two lenses are two examples of the generation of smaller lenses designed to be used with only with DSLRs that have reduced sized image sensors. These lenses have a smaller image circle that works nicely with small image sensors but do not use the full 35x24mm sensor size of cameras like the Canon 5d, 1Ds, 1Ds II.

Marc also give us a link to his wide-angle camera list. He has some nice features like a table of focal length equivalences and links to detailed information. Check it out at:
http://marc.lacoste.googlepages.com/wideanglecameras
Thanks Marc.

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Recommended Real Estate Camera List Update

Posted by larrylohrman on April 5, 2006

Today I updated my list of recommended cameras for real estate photography. All these changes were as a result of the feedback I’ve been getting from readers. The changes I made were as follows:

  1. I removed the reference to a wide angle converter for the P880. The Kodak P880 doesn’t have a wide-angle converter. It only goes to 24mm. This was a misunderstanding on my part. Thanks to Marc Lacoste for pointing this out.
  2. I added the Olympus C-7070 and the Sony DSC-R1 with the indicated wide-angle converters go to 19mm which makes them ideal for interior photography.
  3. I added the Canon Powershot G6 and A620 which both use the WC-DC58 wide-angle converter to get to 24.5mm. Not great but OK.
  4. I removed the prices from the table since the prices change and are different places in the world… this blog has readers all over the world. It’s best to check prices at your favorite supplier.
  5. I added the Canon 430EX to the external flash units listed for Canon cameras. The 430EX is less powerful and fewer features than the 580EX but cheaper.
  6. I added a link to the wonderful review of wide-angle lenses by Ken Rockwell. This review is a must for anyone purchasing a DSLR and needing to choose a Ultra wide-angle lens. If you haven’t checked out Ken Rockwells site (www.kenrockwell.com ) by all means do. It has a wealth of Photographic information.

This list of suggested cameras for real estate is not exhaustive but if you are looking for a camera to shoot interiors it will get you started in the right direction. Thanks for all the great feedback readers been giving me on this list. If you know of a camera you think should be on this list be sure to let me know.

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