In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best real estate lenses for Sony a6000 cameras currently available on the market right now. Every now and then we see someone reaching out for advice on what lens they should be using with their a6000 to get the very best out of it for real estate photography.
We have decided to put this article together in an attempt to help as many of our readers who find themselves in this same situation as possible. We will be covering three different camera lenses that are spread out over three different price points to try and make sure that there is something available for readers of all budgets. Each of the lenses also has an excellent reputation within the photography community as well as people currently using the lens with their a6000.
The Rokinon 12mm F2.0
That said, if you are an entry-level photographer, a student photographer or won’t be needing to take real estate photographs often then the Rokinon 12mm lens can be the perfect partner for your Sony a6000. Since its release, the lens has managed to earn itself a well deserved excellent reputation within the photography community confirming that it is a solid choice.
The Rokinon 12mm offers a unique 12mm focal length that is actually pretty rare for the Sony a6000 with few other lenses offering it, especially with the fast aperture offered by this lens.
In our opinion, the 12mm focal length is ideal for real estate photography with your a6000 as it offers wide or ultra wide angle photographs with minimal effort required on your part. This makes it ideal if you are an entry-level photographer or a real estate agent who is new to taking their own photographs of houses they are trying to sell.
You are able to take advantage of the 12mm focal length offered by the Rokinon for both your wide outdoor photographs of the house as well as any indoor photographs that you required. 12mm is also ideal for taking detailed photographs of tight spaces as well as rooms that have lots of furniture in effectively covering your two main photograph types in one single lens.
Although the Rokinon 12mm is a crop sensor lens, it works perfectly on your Sony a6000 when you set the camera to use the full frame crop mode in the camera settings. This is quick and easy to find in the settings and can literally take you ten seconds.
The f2 aperture also offers excellent low light photograph performance on the off chance that you want to take any photographs of property in low light situations similar to the image above.
One of the main drawbacks of the Rokinon 12mm is its lack of an autofocus meaning you have to control everything manually via the manual focus ring on the lens. Thankfully, with real estate photography, this is not an issue as neither the house or its internal rooms are going to be moving while you try to take their photograph. This combined with the smooth and responsive autofocus ring on the Rokinon 12mm makes it very easy to take detailed, sharp photographs of the property.
The Sony 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
This lens offers excellent quality images and unlike the Rokinon 12mm, its zoom range allows you to further tweak your image before capturing the photograph. Since its release, the Sony 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens has gone from strength to strength to earn its well-deserved reputation within the photography community that it enjoys today.
The zoom range of the lens is ideal for real estate photography and lets you get the very best out of your Sony a6000 and capture photographs of a home in all of its glory. The 10mm wide angle is ideal for taking large outdoor photographs of the house as well as any indoor photographs in tight spaces or cramped rooms. Moving up through the zoom range you have the mid-range that is ideal for photographing the main room and finally the full 18mm zoom range that can be used to capture key parts of the house in detail.
Although probably not a key feature for real estate photography, the lens also comes within body image stabilization that offers the ability to quickly and easily snap super clear and crisp photographs without issue.
The Sony 10-18mm also comes with a metal lens mount rather than a plastic one meaning that the lens threads are solid massively reducing the chance of accidentally cross threading your threads when putting the lens on your a6000. This helps you quickly and easily switch between lenses while also prolonging the life of your cameras lens mount threads.
The Sony 10-18mm also comes with a lens hood as standard that will block out any possible flair from your photographs when taking outdoor images of the property. Although it’s only a small thing, this can be a big deal in the real estate niche due to the image often being the first point of contact a possible buyer will have with the house.
The zoom ring on the lens is very smooth and easy to turn to allow you to easily tweak the type of photograph of the subject you will capture. The manual focus ring is also pretty smooth but it does have a slight resistance to it to ensure you don’t over rotate when tweaking the focus of the image.
The overall build quality of the lens is also very good with the lens being very robust and being able to take its fair share of knocks without sustaining damage. As you will probably be traveling around various locations to take photographs of the homes you are selling this can help keep your lens in good shape indefinitely.
The lens is also very small for its focal range capabilities while also being very lightweight. If you are planning on driving around multiple properties in the same day the small size of the lens allows you to quickly and easily slip it into a regular bag and its light weight means you probably won’t even notice it.
The Sony 16-35mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Due to this high price tag, we would recommend the Sony 10-18mm covered above, over the Sony 16-35mm as it will be able to meet the vast majority of needs of our readers and tick the required boxes for real estate photography while being half of the price of the Sony 16-35mm.
That said, if you have a higher budget and deal in the highest price tag homes in your area then the Sony 16-35mm should be your go-to choice. It will offer the absolute best photographs of any property that you are trying to sell allowing you to capture the home in perfect detail that really is second to none. Additionally, it has one of the best reputations within the photography community of all of the Sony E mount lenses currently available on the market.
The Carl Zeiss lenses really do make the Sony 16-35mm the best lens for real estate photography with a Sony a6000 on the market if the price of the lens is not a deciding factor. The low light performance of the lens is also outstanding as shown in the image below allows you to capture some unique photographs of homes in low light conditions to try and capture unique aspects of them.
The zoom range of 16-35mm allows you to still capture some wide-angle outdoor photographs of the property when used at its 16mm setting. You can then increase the zoom setting as explained earlier in the article to capture various aspects of the home while being able to use the 35mm zoom to capture key features in great detail.
Although the Sony 16-35mm is a little larger and heavier than the Sony 10-18mm covered earlier, the quality in its photographs easily makes up for this and makes it well worth carrying around with you when you are taking photographs of property.
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