Best lens for shooting rooms: 10.5mm fisheye or Sigma 10-20mm

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Hi, seeking advice from the forum. I got a job to shoot rooms and interior features of model homes for brochure and web use. I'm thinking of using my 17-55mm to shoot all the individual features (furniture, cabinets, etc.) since it's an f2.8 and I should be able to get away without using flash to keep everything natural, assuming I shoot during the day.

But I want to start out each shooting session of a room with a shot that captures the entire room so I can give some context to the individual pictures. The widest angle lens I have is the 17-55mm and I'm thinking that I'm going to need something wider if I want to capture the whole room. I was thinking of the Sigma 10-20mm until I saw some posts with the 10.5mm fisheye distorted and corrected with image trends. What are your thoughts? Can I accomplish what I want without distortion using the Sigma 10-20mm wide open or do you feel the only way to capture what I want is through the use of a fisheye?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
 
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Edward, I appreciate your responses; they are very helpful. What I especially like is your showing shots with lots of parallel linear lines; it helps trying to decide what equipment and software will best fill needs.

Rich
 
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Peter,

You might also want to pop over to this site http://photographyforrealestate.net/ and read some of the tips there.

For all of my real estate photography, I'm using my 12-24 for interiors, and the 35-70/2.8 for a lot of exteriors.

The big challenge is converging verticals, and most shots will also require some distortion adjustment (since you are shooting model homes for a brochure).

Be aware that in some jurisdictions, very limited manipulation of real estate photographs is permitted. For example, in some cases, cloning out a power line in the backyard could be considered a misrepresentation, and subject the agent/broker to significant fines.
 
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It actually was Edward's posts in another thread (pix of mexico) that I was referring to. Edward, thanks for those pictures, helps a lot!

Mark, that link was awesome! I got a lot of great information and examples of photos..especially the twilight photos.

Thank you both for the help.
 
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A couple of weeks ago I shot a large art deco period house that is now a B&B. I used a Sigma 12-24 for every shot, even details. I used high and low angles, shot from corners, and fired remotes from various places. Though it was successful and the owner was pleased, the 10-20 might have been a better choice for this house. A prime would have been too restrictive. Though I prefer primes in most situations, a zoom in this circumstance offers more in camera composition possibilities.
 
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Wow. So Mike, you are suggesting taking even the closeups or specific items with only the 10-20mm, eh? I was kind of thinking that I needed to bring either a second body or take on and off the sigma each time I did a room.
 
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I use the 10-20mm now for a few months. It is a great lens, but I doubt if it shows you more than the 10.5mm Nikon. Just give it a try at the shop. I just used it once inside:

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Wow. So Mike, you are suggesting taking even the closeups or specific items with only the 10-20mm, eh? I was kind of thinking that I needed to bring either a second body or take on and off the sigma each time I did a room.
The Sigma 12-24 is the most rectilinear of all the superwide teles and is my favorite of the group for a number of reasons. It also close focuses to about 11 inches so I can use it for many things. I did have an extra body with a 20/2.8 ready and 24-60/2.8 in my pocket. I wouldn't suggest that my shooting choices would work for you but they might be worth consideration.
 

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