Shooting Interiors for Real Estate: Zeiss 12 / Fuji 14?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Dacalac, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

    May 1, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    A friend who is a real estate agent has asked me to shoot some of the houses she is putting up for sale. Right now I only have my trusty 35mm and since the 10-24mm isn't out yet. Would the two lenses mentioned above be enough for the average American interior shot? I'd probably rent the lens for the weekend but I wanted to get some feedback before I go ahead and respond to the request.

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  2. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

    May 15, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    I dunno where I read this but I thought that UWA are banned for use for shots of interiors of real estates because it distorts the perception of the actual size of the place. Again, this may not be true. It just came to mind after reading this post.

    With that said, I find the 14mm to be able to do the trick in most cases but depending on how tight the space is, wider is always better. If 14mm won't work, surely the 12mm will. No need to go wider for the average American interior shot IMHO.
  3. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

    May 1, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    I thought that the 10-24 didn't have much of a fisheye effect? At least one that couldn't be corrected with some PP work. In any case after looking at some samples I do feel that the Zeiss would be able to get the job done plus it'll be $1 less to rent. :p I don't really care about the slow auto focus since I'll be shooting non moving subjects on a tripod.
  4. ean10775

    ean10775 FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 13, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    I would definitely go with the wider of the two lenses if you're going to be shooting interiors/architecture
  5. Luke

    Luke FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 31, 2013
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    As wide as you can get is what you need for interiors. Try stepping into a powder room and image trying to get the whole thing into the shot. Also, many times in furnished rooms where you are able to stand to get the shot may be a limiting factor. I'd rent the 12mm and save up for the 10-24 if you're going to be doing this on a semi-regular basis.
  6. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

    May 1, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    Perfect. Thanks for the advice gents!

    Cheers and happy Friday.
  7. jloden

    jloden FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Yeah if you're going to do this enough to justify spending on a lens, I'd order/rent the 10-24 (it's supposed to be released end of the month). If you need something before then, rent a 12mm in the meantime. It's tough to be 'too wide' for shooting interiors.

    Side note, but I'd strongly recommend supplemental lighting if you have it. Makes a room feel light and open, and inviting to the viewer. I did some interior shots for our condo listing and just tucked a bounce flash in a couple corners. Made a huge difference :thumbup:
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  8. Daniel Sullivan

    Daniel Sullivan FujiXspot Rookie

    Feb 10, 2014
    Since RE work is only a small part of my business, I opted for the Sigma 10-20mm for Nikon, with a G adapter. It's the same lens I used with Canon, and plenty sharp when stopped down. This one was only run through Lightroom....

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  9. petach

    petach FujiXspot Top Veteran

    Feb 16, 2013
    What a coincidence. A local REA likes my work enough to ask me to shoot his high end properties for over £1m

    I use my 6d with a 17-40. If I need something wider (rare) I take 2 or more shots and stitch in Photoshop.

    Yes, fill in flash makes such a difference.

    This is the first I have done. When I am back from aus' and NZ......he has a few more lined up for me

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  10. romi.gilles

    romi.gilles FujiXspot Top Veteran

    May 17, 2013
    back in Crooklyn
    when i did hotels for one of my freelancing gigs, they did not want any artificial lighting, at all. they wanted the customers to see exactly what they'd be getting. i pretty much would just turn all the lights on and up my exposure time a bit. are you working with empty spaces, or will they be staged?

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  11. CaptZoom

    CaptZoom FujiXspot Regular

    Mar 22, 2013
    Go for the wider option. The 2 extra millimeters translate into a significant angle of view advantages- 99 vs 89 degrees.
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  12. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

    May 1, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    The properties are still occupied so all the furniture will still be there. I do like the look of natural light which fits in a bit more with the company. If anything I would just shoot with a longer exposure time.
  13. mguffin

    mguffin FujiXspot Regular

    Apr 10, 2013
    New Jersey
    Gotta get those verticals straight... ;-)
  14. dmward

    dmward FujiXspot Regular

    Nov 12, 2013
    As much as I love my X kit. I'll still use my Canon 5DIII with TSE lenses for real estate and architectural shoots.

    If you only have the X camera then the widest lens available is what you want. Primarily to ensure that you can shoot loose enough so that corrections can be made in Lightroom or Photoshop to keep verticals vertical and parallel.

    When I shoot architectural interiors, I shot a bracket of three with a 6EV speed. Then shot one or two with supplemental speedliting.

    90% of the time, if there are no outside windows, one of the bracket works along. With outside windows, it may be a 32 bit file created from the bracket or one with suplimental light.

    I appreciate why a hotel might insist of only the lighting they paid for, but there is a difference between supplementing the ambient and replacing it.

    This was shot with, I think, a 17mm TSE on a Canon 5DIII:


    Here is the rest of the gallery.
  15. Stephen S

    Stephen S FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 14, 2014
    East Bay, Northern California
    Stephen Scharf
    This is simple, really.

    Just get the Fuji's an absolutely spectacular lens; of the best I have ever shot with. I use mine all the time. It will be nice to have the faster lens speed than the 10-24 zoom (having a f/2.8 will be really useful for interior shots). Also, Sean Reid of Reid Reviews did a comprehensive comparison with the Zeiss Touit 12mm, and felt the Fuji 14mm was clearly better.


  16. dmward

    dmward FujiXspot Regular

    Nov 12, 2013
    The maximum aperture between F4 and F2.8 is not significant when shooting real estate. Generally, the shot is being accomplished on a tripod and the lens is stopped down to about F8 to ensure sharpness throughout. I expect that the 10-24 is going to be a very useful lens for those wanting to shoot real estate with the Fuji kit. The three lenses I use for interiors are the 17 and 24 TSE and the 16-35mm zoom.

    Preliminary information suggests that it's going to be sharp.
  17. romi.gilles

    romi.gilles FujiXspot Top Veteran

    May 17, 2013
    back in Crooklyn
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  18. cwolffensperger

    cwolffensperger FujiXspot Regular

    Oct 26, 2013
    Chris Wolffensperger
    I've just got the 10-24, and after just some playing around with I'm amazed... Tack sharp, and with the OIS you're able to manage real slow shutter speeds hand held. I'll try to post some images in a few days..