Seven Lenses for Photographing Buildings and Architecture

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When it comes to photographing architecture and real estate, wide angles are very important. Capturing the grandeur of a place and making it look inviting is important. Some of the best real estate photographers say that every light in the residence should be on if possible while others tend to add flash to other areas (like behind a couch) to create an even more inviting atmosphere.

While you don’t need the most expensive lights, your lenses are very important in these situations. We’ve scoured our reviews index to find some of the best lenses for architecture for you.

Rokinon 24mm f3.5 Tilt Shift ED AW UMC

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We’re starting this list off with a tilt-shift lens because these lenses can not only shift focus but also correct for distortion in according ways. They take lots of work, but in the end you’ll be able to create photos that require much less post-production when it comes to distortion correction.

“As with almost all Rokinon lenses, the 24mm TS is a manual focus, manual aperture lens (they do make some Nikon-mount lenses with auto aperture abilities), and as such, you had better have fantastic eyesight, or use live-view on your camera to focus this lens properly. That being said, Rokinon saw fit to include a nice BIG manual focus ring on pretty much all of their lenses which makes things so much easier than trying to fiddle with some of the tiny focusing rings that are only suitable for being used by one’s fingernails. The focusing “feel” of the lens is well damped and far better than what you would find on today’s AF lenses, but not quite as smooth as my personal favorites, the Zeiss ZE/ZF series. The reason I suggest using Live-View on your DSLR boils down to the fact that once you start to apply adjustments like a major tilt or shift, or even both, the view through your viewfinder is going to become increasingly difficult to focus reliably.”

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