Could you get away with using a 50mm for real estate photography?

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes you can but you will find it difficult with 35mm film/full-frame and almost impossible with APS-C.

  • Sumi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, not for very long, if at all.  As the photographer, you are expected to be able to capture the scene in the way that you were hired to do.  In real estate photography, using a wide-angle lens is critical.  If you go into a job with a 50mm, you technically can do it, though.  How?  By taking a boat-load of shots and then combining them in post.

    At the end of the day, you're getting paid by the job and not by the hour.  If you want to make $0.50 per hour, use a 50mm lens, take 200-500 shots per house and then spend all day in front of a computer to make panos.

    Get the right gear for the job - it'll pay for itself.  Trying to use gear in the hopes that you can "get away with it" is an unprofessional mindset.  If you don't want to get a bad reputation among the real estate community and sink your career before it even starts, then use the right gear.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    In Real Estate, the concept of 'getting away' with using inadequate camera equipment doesn't go down too well with the seller.  Use the 50mm for top quality exterior detail shots and a 12-24mm (or similar) zoom lens for the interiors and where necessary outdoors.  Larger properties will almost certainly also benefit from quality drone camera footage of the grounds and their settings.  It also depends on the crop sensor size.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No.  You need a very wide angle lens to photograph interiors. With a FF digital or a 35mm film camera you would likely need a 20mm wide angle lens. Luckily lenses are pretty cheap on the used market. You can for example buy a 21-35mm zoom lens for less than a hundred bucks. Zoom lenses are better for real estate photography because there may not be space to step back to take wide angle shots, especially indoors.

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  • qrk
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Outside shots, yes if you have enough distance.

    Inside shots, no. Inside shots need a wide, or ultra-wide, lens.

  • 2 months ago

    If you stand far enough away, then sure!

    a 50 mm lens gives an angle of view of about 47 degrees (unless cropped, where it is a bit less (about 2/3). That's not very wide.

    a 35mm lens would give you a 63 degree view; a 28mm would be about 75 degrees, and a 20mm lens would get about 94 degrees.

    When I was in real estate, I used a 50 for outdoors pictures and a 28 for indoors, except for specialized pictures, which effectively gave a panoramic picture -- but that last was expensive, tricky/quirky and not always successful in getting the right result.

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