camera for real estate

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a friend of mine is looking for a camera to use for real estate related photography. there is a budget of $800. would a nikon d3100 with the kit 18-55mm work ok?
 
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That would get him started. But I find my Tokina 12-24mm wide angle zoom VERY handy for interior shots. Able to capture a lot more of the room in a single shot. I think he would be better off with a D40 or newer used body & a wide angle zoom.
 
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Definitely go for the wide angle lens here. A Sigma 10-20 is a great place to start especially if the interior rooms are small. As for the camera, get the cheapest one with Live view, this helps when you are taking a shot from the corner of the room and you cant see through the viewfinder, trust me it makes a world of difference. If he can stretch the budget a bit further get the D5100 with the articulating screen.
 
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You don't need a new camera to pull this off. You'll be shooting on a tripod most of the time anyway, and you'll need a wide angle lens.

Get a good tripod ($150). Get a D40/D3000/D80 ($250-400). Get that Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 lens. And you'll be set. That'll put them right around $800.

The D40 will be plenty by the way. :happy:
 
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Then your friend can start saving for lighting. In the meantime, The LR/Enfuse plugin for Lightroom will be a nice, NATURAL, job of stacking multilple exposures. You get properly exposed windows AND interiors. At the same time.
 
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The little pop up flashes make terrible light. You need to learn lighting and spend as much on that as a camera. Photography has more to do with light than cameras.

If you don`t do it right, it looks like amateur night.

My Baird & Warner office hires only pro photogs because it makes a world of difference in the presentation.
 
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Your friend should be thinking about a lens for real estate as well, where wider tends to be the order of the day. I just picked up a Sigma 8-16mm I'm dying to try out on my D7000 (or D300). From everything I read, it's slightly better than the Sigma 10-20 (which I used to own) and should give some nice perspectives, especially for interiors.

To answer your original question more on-point, the D3100 and 18-55 would, IMO, barely enable the type of photography your friend will need. My recommendations (well above his budget, for sure) would be:
- A camera with low light capability: the D3100 is okay, but the D5100 may be better
- A SWA lens (like the 8-16 or 10-20) along with a more standard mid-range zoon (16-85 would be my recommendation)
- A flash he should bounce or use off-camera for some interiors that have limited lighting
- And a tripod for those slow shutter interior shots

If he wants something quicker and dirtier than that, have him get a m4/3 or even a P&S camera.
 
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