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What Is Our Favorite Lens For Real Estate Photography?

As professional real estate photographers, we are often asked about our work – how we process our photos, ou workflow for editing images, lighting techniques, and especially lens preferences.

Choosing the right lens for either residential real estate photography or commercial real estate photography can be difficult. I’m here to help newer photographers learn more about this field, so I’m happy to share more information about which lens we prefer the most for real estate photography – and provide some tips for photographers who are looking to pick up a new lens for real estate photography. Let’s get started!

Our Favorite Lens – The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

We typically use a full-frame Canon DSLR for all of our real estate photography shots, and while I wouldn’t say that we exclusively use Canon products, I am a huge fan of their lenses. They provide such good clarity and quality, and are ideal for real estate photography.

My favorite lens is the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM. This is because it fits a full-frame Canon perfectly, and it offers great wide-angle performance, even in low-light conditions. In some situations, ideal lighting for a home isn’t available. It’s good to have a lens that can handle lower-light scenes and still maintain clarity without too much fuzz and distortion.

This lens has four stops of correction and an Optical Image Stabilizer, making it ideal for just such a situation. It also supports full autofocus, as well as completely manual focusing, so tuning images just the way we want isn’t a problem.

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is also dust-resistant and water-resistant, which makes it great for professional work, because you never know what kinds of conditions you may come across while taking photos either inside or outside. You don’t want your photos – or your gear – to be ruined by a little bit of rain, or a stray dust speck.

It’s also plastic, and while some photographers would prefer a metal lens, the light weight of plastic is actually really nice on long shoot days, when we may be hauling around my gear for hours. Every little bit of weight savings helps!

What To Look For In A Real Estate Photography Lens

When it comes to purchasing a real estate photography lens, there are a few things you should look for:

  • An aperture between f/5.6 – f/22 should be sufficient, unless you’re shooting in extremely low-light conditions
  • A wide angle lens, between 16mm and 24mm. Under 16mm, you’ll start seeing more distortion, and the same is true of lenses above 24mm
  • Optical stabilization. Yes, you should always use a tripod, but optical stabilization makes it easier to get crisp shots in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. This is more of a “nice-to-have” than a “must-have” – so it’s up to your preferences.

Your Lens Preference May Vary – And That’s Fine, Too!

I certainly wouldn’t want to tell you that you’re shooting your photos wrong – or using the wrong lens. But the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is perfect for our purposes, and we love its performance. You can give that lens a shot for yourself – or use my above tips to find your own favorite lens! It’s up to you.

Jason Danzi
jasond58@gmail.com
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