When it comes to real estate photography, image quality is everything and having superior image quality can be the difference between getting that initial lead on a home or property that leads to a sale or one of your competitors getting it instead. With the Sony a6000 being such a popular real estate photography camera, we have noticed a number of people reaching out and asking about the best real estate lens for Sony a6000 cameras recently so we have decided to publish our own dedicated article to help as many of our readers as possible in this situation.
Although there are a few solid options that will mount directly to your Sony a6000’s lens mount without the need for a converter or an adapter, we feel that the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 is probably your best option. In our opinion, it offers outstanding image quality for its price point in the market and can help to capture properties in all of their glory. Although the majority of the lenses will be marked up with the Rokinon branding in North America and Europe, you can sometimes find them under their Samyang 12 mm f/2.0 branding.
These are the exact same lens, Rokinon is the companies western brand whereas Samyang is the brand that they tend to use in Asia. Sometimes the Samyang lenses can be found in the western markets though and we see people asking if they are fakes or forgeries but they are made in the exact same factory so there is nothing to worry about.
Now, although we would always recommend that our readers go with the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0, if you are on a very tight budget then the Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 may be able to meet your needs but just keep in mind that its image quality is relative to its lower price tag. With the commissions that realtors can earn from selling a property often being in the four-figure or higher range, spending a few hundred dollars on a lens like the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 that is going to last them for many years and potentially a large number of property sales for better image quality is often a worthwhile investment.
Since its release onto the market, a large number of real estate agents and real estate photographers have chosen to add the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 to their collection of camera accessories. It has managed to earn itself an outstanding reputation amongst the community that just keeps on getting better and better too with each passing month. We are now going to be taking a more in-depth look at what the lens can offer you and why we feel that it should be the primary lens for any of our readers who own the a6000 looking to improve their real estate photography.
Performance And Functionality
In our opinion, everything about the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 is perfect for real estate photography from its aperture to its focal length ensuring that you are always able to get the best possible image quality with minimal effort required. The 12mm focal length on the lens is perfect for all types of real estate photography and is wide enough to capture the size of the rooms in the properties that you are photographing with ease and make them look as large and bright as possible.
Although the lens is a fixed focal length prime lens, the 12mm range is perfect for wide-angle photography such as real estate photography and ensures that you are able to quickly get crisp, clear photographers with ease. Some of the compeating lenses do offer variable focal lengths but in our opinion, they are really not required for the vast majority of real estate photography anyway and the most important features of a solid lens is a focal length as wide as possible and a fast aperture.
The f/2.0 aperture on the lens is lightning fast and offers some excellent low light performance too. This ensures that if any of the rooms that you are required to photograph have poor lighting that you are still able to capture them with excellent image quality while the room looks brighter than it actually is. If you do like to do any post-production editing on your photographers after capturing them with your a6000 then the f/2.0 aperture lets you still capture a dark room with a solid base image quality for post-production editing.
Although it will not be important for most types of real estate photography, you are able to get some decent bokeh manipulation when using the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 too. Depending on exactly what you are trying to get done with the lens when capturing the properties, this may come in useful but we doubt the majority of our readers would likely use it, we just wanted to point out that the feature is there if required.
We would like to point out that the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 is a manual focus only lens with no autofocus capability at all. Although this may sound like a downside for the lens, the fast aperture and wide focal range on the lens makes it so easy to focus manually without running into any problems or having issues with image quality. With the majority of real estate photography being based around capturing wide-angle photographs of rooms or buildings, you should easily be able to manually focus your Sony a6000 within seconds for optimal image quality.
The Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 comes with the Rokinon nano-coating system as standard too helping to reduce flare, glare, and reflections in your images to help improve overall image quality and help to provide higher image contrast. The aspherical glass and low dispersion lens elements take this one step further too ensuring that if you are capturing photographs of the property outdoors on a bright day then there will not be issues with direct sunlight on your photographs and prevent chromatic aberration.
With all of this offered in the same lens with such a great image quality, it is easy to see why it is such a popular option amongst the photography community. A large number of people from both the photography and videography side of things use the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 as their lens of choice and have decided to publish their own third-party reviews of the lens that you can read.
Those reviews are well worth skimming over if you have a few minutes spare as they offer some solid insight into just how well the lens performs in pretty much every situation you can ever find yourself in. A number of those reviews have been published by other real estate photographers as well as other people who own and use the Sony a6000 as their go to camera body of choice too.
User Interface And Control System
We know that a large number of people who will be doing real estate photography will likely be doing it as a secondary duty rather than their primary job or skillset. Thankfully, the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 is very straight forward and easy to use, especially with a camera like the Sony a6000 so if you are not an experienced or professional photographer, this will definitely work to your favor. You can literally mount your lens to your a6000 and go about capturing your photographs as you need and make the properties you are photographing look beautiful.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 is a manual focus lens but Rokinon are known for having super smooth and easy rotate manual focus rings making the lens as easy to use as possible. The ring does have a little bit of natural resistance but this is industry standard to help increase the accuracy of your manual tweaks when adjusting your focus. If the ring did not have the additional resistance and could free turn, it is likely that you can over adjust and end up wasting time re-adjusting.
Build Quality And Design
Rokinon has always had a solid build quality on their lenses with their range having been built to be as tough and robust as possible. Although this does make their lenses a little heavier than some, this should not be an issue for most real estate photography sessions as it is unlikely that you will have to fly anywhere and have to worry about a luggage allowance. The majority of real state photography is usually within driving distance of the office so you just put your photography bag with all your camera accessories in the car with you.
The Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 has a metal lens mount as standard but in all fairness, for its price tag, this is expected. Although rare these days, a number of the end level lenses have a heat-treated plastic lens mount due to the brands trying to reduce costs that end up causing issues after a year or so. Due to the Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 having a metal mount though, this is not an issue and means that can will easily be able to mount and unmount your lens as needed for many years to come without issue.
The lens uses six aperture blades to create an almost circular shape to help ensure that you get the crispest and brightest image quality possible too. This is one of the reasons that the lens is so good at capturing poorly lit rooms to help show them in all of their glory and not make the room look dingy or small.
Although it will likely be rare for real estate photography, the lens also comes with a 67mm lens filter thread allowing you to mount any additional lens filters to the lens as required. The 67mm thread size is popular amongst lens brands so there are a large number of filters on the market that will mount directly to the lens without issue too. Although you may not have a need for a Cpl or ND filter, a decent, cheap UV filter may be worth it to help add some additional protection for your front lens element during use.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best real estate lens for Sony a6000 cameras to a close. The Rokinon 12 mm f/2.0 is an excellent lens for real estate photography and it will mount directly to your Sony a6000 offering you some solid image quality. We are confident in recommending the lens to our readers and feel that adding it to your collection or camera accessories can make a solid investment in your gear.
Like we mentioned earlier in the article, a large number of people including some other a6000 users and real estate photographers have published their own reviews of the lens that you can read over. They offer some solid insight into just how good the lens actually is and how great the image quality that it provides can be making them well worth reading in our opinion.