Recommendations for architectural photography

AlanF

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I have been asked to make recommendations for gear for someone who is passionate about architecture. My gut reaction based on osmosis from CR posts is an EOS R with a selection of tilt-shift lenses (24mm f/3.5 II for a start). Expert advice please.
Alan
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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I'd ask your fellow countryman Keith Cooper, he does lots of architectural work professionally. He posts on the forum occasionally as well. He is very talented, I could not begin to touch what he can do.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/photography-articles-and-reviews/

Keith did a review of a Sigma lens that impressed me, but tilt shift lenses may be the best choice for all around use. A geared head is also very useful.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/architecture-sigma-12-24mm/

His specialist site:

http://architecture-photos.co.uk/
 
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ryanchapman

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I'd ask your fellow countryman Keith Cooper, he does lots of architectural work professionally. He posts on the forum occasionally as well. He is very talented, I could not begin to touch what he can do.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/photography-articles-and-reviews/

Keith did a review of a Sigma lens that impressed me, but tilt shift lenses may be the best choice for all around use. A geared head is also very useful.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/architecture-sigma-12-24mm/

His specialist site:

http://architecture-photos.co.uk/
Hey, Hope Your resource is very helpful for @AlanF
 

neuroanatomist

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Body of choice, EOS 5Ds or EOS R with adapter. With the EOS R, the drop-in filter adapter (when available) will be a big advantage for the TS-E 17 and the 11-24L.

Definitely recommend the two wider TS-E lenses for architecture. Which one depends partly on where – in Europe, I usually find the wider FoV of the 17mm is needed (so much so that I've stopped bringing the 24 on trips there). In the US, I use the 24 frequently.

Overall, the combination of a TS-E 17 and a 24-70/105 zoom would cover the majority of needs.
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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Body of choice, EOS 5Ds or EOS R with adapter. With the EOS R, the drop-in filter adapter (when available) will be a big advantage for the TS-E 17 and the 11-24L.

Definitely recommend the two wider TS-E lenses for architecture. Which one depends partly on where – in Europe, I usually find the wider FoV of the 17mm is needed (so much so that I've stopped bringing the 24 on trips there). In the US, I use the 24 frequently.

Overall, the combination of a TS-E 17 and a 24-70/105 zoom would cover the majority of needs.
If I had just one lens for landscape, it would be a Tilt Shift. Unfortunately, I have a notable lack of talent for landscapes, I just do not capture the scenes as I see them.
 

privatebydesign

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All great advice, the one thing that made a huge difference for me was the geared tripod head as Mt Spokane mentioned. I started with a Manfrotto 405, then went to a Sunwayphoto GH-Pro, then moved to my current Arca Swiss D4, the top end architectural photographers head is the Arca Swiss Cube but is really primarily for heavier camera setups than the normal 135 format digital camera.

I'd highly recommend getting the best geared head you can afford, for architectural shooting it is the number one aid and I'd value it above a tilt shift lens. I'd rather go out with my 11-24 and D4 than my TS-E17 and regular tripod head.

As for gear setup, if I was starting today I'd get the TS-E17 and EOS-R with the filter holding adapter first. Then I'd get the 1.4TC followed by the 2xTC, next big expense would be the TS-E 50. Third lens would be the 11-24. An iPad is close to essential too, well once you have used one it is difficult to go back to not using one.