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2014 Camera Guide: Recommendations From Shutterbugs
Find out what kind of gear your fellow real estate pros carry in their camera bags.
Many real estate pros have been bitten by the shutterbug and developed a love for photography while on the job. REALTOR® Magazine asked our Facebook followers what kind of camera they use, and the responses were largely split between Nikon and Canon products. Ten of the 35 respondents said they shoot with a Nikon DSLR, while nine said they prefer Canon, with many citing the Canon Rebel in particular. And three people called out the Panasonic Lumix, specifically for its wide-angle and zoom capabilities.
In This Guide:
Here’s What Your Peers Are Using
“Nikon D3300 DSLR, with a variety of lenses, lens filters, and Wi-Fi ability to upload to social media immediately. Video capability. It’s an amazing, small, lightweight camera with all the features and capabilities of a professional high-end camera. Manual settings for aperture, shutter, and ISO. Night shooting, [special] effects, and auto for point-and-shoot moments. Great camera, great price for an intro camera beyond a smartphone. I use my camera for listing interior/exterior photos and marketing. Hope to one day use the camera to photograph pets in an effort to assist in rescue and adoption efforts.” —Deanna Porter Guzman, Simply Vegas Real Estate,Las Vegas
“My favorite camera is my Fuji FinePix WP! I love it due to the fact it is waterproof, so it works great, rain or shine! I use this camera for everything from family fun to my real estate career!” —Amanda Huff Ives, Coldwell Banker Schmidt, REALTORS®, Howard City, Mich.
“Panasonic Lumix with 18x zoom. Takes photos like a professional camera with point-and-shoot ease. Many options.” —Al Brucker, ABR, CRS, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, Strongsville, Ohio
“My camera of choice is Canon. I currently have a 6D with 17-40 f/4 L lens, but I also work as a professional architectural photographer. Prior to this camera, I used a Canon Rebel with a Tamron 10-24 mm lens, which is a great alternative to a more expensive system.” —Cindy Breneman, AHWD,Prudential Indiana Realty Group, Indianapolis
“IPad Air with 4G connection; takes great pictures, which is just one of the things it does great. It has become my go-to real estate tool.” —Darold Hunter, Hunter Agency, Hartford, Conn.
“The best camera is the one you have with you. For me, that’s an iPhone 5. I hire professionals for all my listings, and I shoot lots of ‘candids’ for other marketing. Yes, I have a Canon and lenses, but just because I can doesn’t mean I should.” —Melinda Kruse DiPerna, Keller Williams-Carmel Valley, San Diego
“My camera of choice is owned by the professional photographer I use for all listings!” —Sue Brooks,Long Realty Company, Tucson, Ariz.
“I use a Nikon D7100 with my 18-55 lens. I have others but don’t really need them. Buyers like high-quality photos, and I deliver! None of my local competitors use DSLR cameras, so the more listings I get, the better my work will stand out!” —Andrea Vilaychith, Coldwell Banker Classic Properties, Bryan, Ohio
“Canon Rebel T5i. It not only has a variety of wide-angle lenses, filters, great sets of features, a variety of manual settings, fast, solid, reliable, but more importantly to me is the HD video capability, which comes in handy now that I incorporated videos into my marketing plan. Very happy overall with this great tool.” —Jose Ubaldo Jaramillo, Harcourts TCG Real Estate, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
“Nikon D7100 with about five lenses, favorite being 10-24mm wide angle. I was hiring out my video/photography until clients started commenting that mine looked like the same quality. I purchased a few higher-end lenses and an external flash to match what I was paying someone else $150 a shoot, and now I don’t have to be on someone else’s timeline.” —Toniann Thompson, ABR, CRS, GREEN, Keller Williams Realty, Clarksville, Tenn.
“I actually just ordered my first: a Samsung Smart Camera WB1100F. For me, since I use a Samsung phone and tablet, I wanted something to easily integrate, and it will use Wi-Fi to send [photos] to my phone/tablet and social media accounts as I take them. 35x optical zoom.” —Tawnya Marney,Champions Real Estate Group, Houston