Real Estate Wide Angle Autofocus Camera Lenses

I could have just said Wide angle lens. Generally, in the interior of normal homes the wider you'll want your lens field of view. I shoot small rooms with at 10mm with a 10-20mm Sigma lens which captures nearly the entire room when I set up in a corner or doorway.

The Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens.

Shown above is the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens.
This is the fastest 11mm wide-angle lens available for APS-C DSLR Cameras

This can make a cramped room or even a closet look spacious, it turns a regular bed into a king-size mattress, or makes a living room look spacious. Keep the film plane vertical to avoid warping straight lines. There is some distortion with such a lens (objects in the corners are stretched), use a 10-20mm zoom and a 18-20mm for larger rooms. There are pitfalls to using wide angle for every shot. In doing so you might ignore interesting details: the unique character of some interiors can be found in smaller areas or objects, or even close-ups. And viewing a portfolio with 100% wide angle and no variety can become somewhat tiresome.

For exteriors you're going to need a lens you can use with a circular polarizer and a graduated neutral density filter

  Canon 35mm Lens F-Stop-Street Price Angle of View-Filter Weight
Canon 14mm f/2.8L II USM Canon 14mm f/2.8L II USM f/2.8 - $1,850 114 1.2 lbs
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 f/2.8 - $570 104~82 19.75 oz.
Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 f/3.5-4.5  - $630 107 30' - 63 30' 13.6 oz.
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 Tokina 12-24mm f/4 f/4 - $500 99 to 61 20.1 oz.
Sigma 10-20mm EX f/4-5.6 HSM Sigma 10-20mm EX f/4-5.6 HSM f/4-5.6 - $460 102.4 - 63.8 16.6 oz
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6   f/4.5-5.6 - $495 103 - 75 12.5 oz
Sigma 12-24mm EX f/4.5-5.6 Sigma 12-24mm EX f/4.5-5.6 f/4.5-5.6 - $780 122.0-84.1 21.6 oz
  Nikon 35mm Lens F-Stop-Street Price Angle of View-Filter Weight
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Lens Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Lens f/3.5-4 - $899 109 - 61 16.2oz. (460g)
Nikon 14-24mm G ED f/2.8 Nikon 14-24mm G ED f/2.8 f/2.8 - $875 114 - 84 - (90 - 61 DX) 35.3 oz
Nikon 14mm f/2.8D AF ED Nikon 14mm f/2.8D AF ED f/2.8 - $1,400 114 1.48 lbs
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 f/2.8 - $570 104~82 19.75 oz.
Nikon 12-24mm f/4 G Nikon 12-24mm f/4 G f/4 - $885 (Nikon Digital): 99-61 1.07 lbs
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 Tokina 12-24mm f/4 f/4 - $500 99 to 61 20.1 oz.
Sigma 10-20mm EX f/4-5.6 HSM Sigma 10-20mm EX f/4-5.6 HSM f/4-5.6 - $479 102.4 - 63.8 16.6 oz
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 f/4-5.6 - $495 103 - 75 12.5 oz
Sigma 12-24mm EX f/4.5-5.6 Sigma 12-24mm EX f/4.5-5.6   f/4-5.6 - $780 122.0-84.1 21.6 oz
  Olympus 2.0 35mm Lens F-Stop-Street Price Angle of View-Filter Weight
Olympus 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 Zuiko Olympus 11-22mm f2.8-3.5 Zuiko f2.8-3.5 - $650 89 to 53 17.10 oz
Olympus 7-14mm f/4 Zuiko Digital Olympus 7-14mm f/4 Zuiko Digital f/4 - $1,520 114 to 75 27.51 oz
  Pentax 1.5 35mm Lens F-Stop-Street Price Angle of View-Filter Weight
Pentax 12-24mm SMC f4 ED AL IF Pentax 12-24mm SMC f4 ED AL IF f/4 - $685 99 - 61 15.2 oz.
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX  f/4.5-5.6 - $780 122.0-84.1 21.6 oz
  Sony 1.5 35mm Lens F-Stop-Street Price Angle of View-Filter Weight
Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-3.5 Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-3.5  f/4.5-3.5 - $650 104 to 76 13oz
Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 f/4.5-5.6 - $495 103 - 75 12.5 oz

See the Difference a Wide Lens can Make - Click Photo for a Larger View
18mm lens with on camera flash
18mm Lens with on-camera flash
10mm lens with bounce flash
10mm Lens with Bounce Flash and a little Photoshop


Buy a lens, put it on your camera and go out have fun with it. At some point, you will have obsessed enough about your lenses. You will always find flaws with any of them if you look hard enough. While some people are still reading technical specifications,  you should be spending less time and effort worrying about your camera equipment as many people are already out there taking beautiful pictures of the world around them.

Circumvent brand loyalty without guilt by owning them all.