Today, in the world of photography, there are almost too many lenses to choose from. Luckily, not every lens is created the same. Some are great for one activity, while not so stellar in other environments.
When it comes to interior shots, there is a wide selection of available options that can help you create stunning images. To help you decide what lens is right for you, here is our ultimate camera lens guide for interior commercial photography.
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
This lens is the gold standard for commercial interior photography. Unless you really have financial constraints (it’s about an $1800 lens) – this should be your go-to. It’s a case study in “buy once, cry once” – because this will deliver higher quality than anything else on this page.
Why is it so great? Two reasons – perspective control and edge-to-edge sharpness.
Perspective control is the ability to level the camera and reframe it vertically to get the proper amount of floor and ceiling in the image. This would be the “shift” portion of the “tilt-shift” Why is that important? The verticals stay vertical – which doesn’t happen with the rest of the lenses.
Tilt-shift lenses also have an image that is much larger than the sensor – so unless you are using an extreme shift you are using the “sweet spot” in the lens at all times. Since most wide angle lenses are soft in the corners – not using the corners is a great way to make the entire image sharp.
24mm is also the perfect compromise between being “wide enough” and not “too wide”. Virtually every indoor architectural photo you see is shot with this lens or something incredibly similar.
Note – manual focus only! You’ll have to focus this yourself – but the good news is that with wide angles and big apertures virtually everything is in focus.
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
All the same benefits as the 24mm tilt-shift lens, but wider! Perfect for small rooms, bathrooms, closets, or showing the entire greatroom in a single image.
This lens is also manual focus – but at f/11 and 17mm focal length, everything from just over a foot to infinity is in focus.
This lens also goes for over $2000 – but it’s worth every dime.
Other less expensive but lower quality options:
Note: The following lenses are not tilt-shift and they’ll require perspective correction in post-production. This will reduce quality of the final image and it’ll take additional editing time.
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS
The highlight of this Sony lens is the Zeiss glass, which is coated to reduce flare and ghosting within the photos.
This is MY go-to wide angle lens when I’m using my Sony cameras. It’s very sharp edge-to-edge and has great image quality. I’ve found this lens consistently gives better results than others on this list – but you need to be on a Sony platform.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
This Canon lens can not only handle covering interior shots, but is also capable of producing some great exterior photos as well. Essentially, you can easily kill two birds with one stone with this lens.
It features an ultra wide angle zoom capabilities and ultrasonic focus, as well as three aspherical lens elements.
Sigma 20mm F1.4 ART DG HSM
A smooth auto-focus feature and an exceptionally large frame allows for easy documenting of open areas and rooms, making this lens a solid option for your commercial photography needs.
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED
A top dog when it comes to interior commercial photography, the NIKKOR 16-35 mm lens wide range allows for both the capture of tight spaces, as well as wider, more open areas.
The quick focus feature allows for easy and sharp photos.
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
If you’ll be predominately shooting wide angle rooms, then this Nikon lens is an affordable, consistent, and high-quality option. When you want solid images, but don’t want to break the bank, this is a great choice.
Tamron A012N SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD
This lens works great specifically for real estate photography. This Tamron lens produces sharp photos, as well as a
Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8 L
One of the biggest pros of this Canon lens is that it is fairly lightweight, making it a good option if you’re going to be shooting all day. Most owners consider the lens both sharp and fast, a couple of the best compliments you can give a lens.
Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
Big and heavy, this Fujinon lens is a good option for serious photographers. The cost, as well as its bulkiness, are the sacrifices you must make for the ultra-wide zoom.
When you have to get shots of some tight spaces, this is one of the best lenses on the market.
Tamron SP AFA012C700 15-30mm f/2.8 di VC USD
Another lens that is perfectly adept to handle larger areas, as well as ultra wide shots for showing details, this Tamron lens has the adaptability to get the job done no matter where you are.
Sigma 10-20 mm F4-5.6 EX DC
Another affordable option for when you need to keep things simple, you may not be able to find a lens that produces this sharp of images for this price.