Yet another 'what camera' thread

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  1. Wingsurfer

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    Hey folks,
    My sister & her husband are landlords. They are looking for a camera to take pictures of rooms as they bring more properties onto the market. They want something with a wide lens. As it will primarily be used indoors it should perform relatively well in low light. Ideal budget would be sub £100 for 2nd hand.
    Can anyone suggest some models to take a look at?
     
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    Wow that's a tall order with that budget. Really need about 16mm F4 on a full frame for that imho. How about using some of the budget to rent a camera and ultra wide lens? Otherwise you might get somewhere towards the target a second hand TZ.
     
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    You're going to struggle to get a super wide angle with that budget. Are you sure you've not missed a '0' off? ;)
     
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    Why not get someone local on here to do it? Your sister and her fella get the photos, the tog gets the experience and a couple of free beers. Everyone's a winner. ;)
     
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    Something like the Sony RX100, 28mm at its widest which is enough. 2nd hand around £200.

    Another option is to find a camera that does good panoramics. I often use it on the phone, even for 2 or 3 frames, to create a wide enough shot for tight spots.
     
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    Wanting a bit of experience are you? ;) :p
     
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    If I had the time, yeah I'd do it depending on locality. You can never have too much experience mate. ;)
     
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    Agreed, I'd do it too ;)
     
  9. Wingsurfer

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    Thanks for your thoughts guys. I knew the budget would rule out a dslr & a separate wide lens. I just didn't know if there were any compact or bridge cameras out there that may meet the requirements. Panoramics sounds like a good shout, I hadn't thoguth of that.
     
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    Whilst I appreciate they don't want to spend a lot of money it's amazing what a good picture can do to 'sell' a property, so it 'might' be worth investing a little bit of time and money into technique a decent camera.
     
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    Not sure why people are ruling out a used DSLR?
    Last time I looked houses don't move much :) so an older DSLR with an 18-55 wide kit zoom on a cheap tripod using 2 second self timer and a longish exposure could be an option.

    e.g.:

    Used Canon EOS 350D Body Only £45
    Canon EOS 350D Body Only - Wex Photographic

    Used Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens III £35
    Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens III - Wex Photographic

    Camlink TP1700 Tripod £12 (you could do better paying more second hand but I've almost blown the budget)
    Camlink TP1700 Tripod (TP1700) - Wex Photographic

    Granted it won't be portable compared with an RX100 but with care it should be fine. My old 6MP Pentax K100D would take better than average estate agent pictures and I doubt it is worth more than £100 with all the accessories and extra lenses.

    I'm sure there are plenty of people like me who have an unusued, older DSLR that isn't worth much that would be up to this this.

    I still think panorama mode on a phone or a compact is worth testing too.
     
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    Yep, there's cheap DSLR stuff out there for sure. Ideally you'd want something wider for indoor shots, but for the money it's not a bad system.
     
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    AMc, good shout.
     
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    Thanks amc. I suppose I mainly ruled out an slr due to lens cost. I hadn't even considered the standard 18-55. I don't think I've used mine at all at 18mm, think im going to do some testing tomorrow :)
     
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    A wider lens makes a big difference. I tried some room shots of a house we rent out with the 24mm equivalent on my zoom... which is a bit wider than the '18-55' on an DSLR (which is 27 - 82 Equiv) and I found I just couldn't fit even a medium sized room within shot. The bathroom was just the edge of the sink and the edge of the loo and that was it. Our agent had a 18mm wide angle and it made ALL the difference. Even 1 or 2mm extra at the wide end is not just an incremental change... and a whole 6mm is huge

    If they have a number of properties it would be worth spending the money on a wider zoom, even if it's used on an oldish DSLR. Use a tripod and then noise and camera shake is not an issue.

    Decent property pics are a must. I'm always amazed at the rubbish on rightmove by so-called professional estate agents.

    Having said all of the above... a decent compact on a tripod with a good panorama mode could work. I tried it on my RX10 but I can't take short Panoramas with it like I could with an old Panasonic I used to have. So they all end up way too letterbox like.
     
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