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I have an M-D on order, and have an upcoming project that will involve inside shots of architecture, furniture, etc. What are the leading contenders for these kinds of pictures? I took a look at the 28mm Summicron. I wasn't sure if there was another lens to get besides that one.

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For interiors I'd prefer wider lens options, preferably with tilt shift, and if digital, on a camera with LV.  Do you have interior architectural shooting experience?  A 28 is not typically considered very wide, although of course subject matter and preferences vary.  Best to test in advance anyway, including lighting conditions, particularly if this is a paid project.

 

Jeff

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I'm not sure the M-D is the best choice for indoor architecture...

 

For a fraction of the cost of the summicron, I suggest you rent a DSLR with a wide T/S lens for the project.

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24 3.8  21 mm or DSLR with 24 or 24t/s

 

Digital would be very beneficial in handling the different white balances/lighting you will get in most interiors.

 

People get obsessed with cameras/lens,  when the real key is lighting.  To get started,  use white umbrellas.   

 

First hint,  light the room with flash  underexposed 1 or 2 stops,  then double expose with interior lights on.

 

Second,  turn on interior lights,  and light with flash at a shutter speed slow enough to show the normal room lights.  Guess 1/15 sec from a tripod.

 

If you are wedded to film,  do a set up with digital,  final with film.  Pros used to use Polaroid.  

 

If you think this is easy to get creative results, it is not.  Practice before the job

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I own a kitchen manufacturing company www.rosemountstudios.com

Most of the photography on my sight are with 21asph. And 24 asph

Both these lenses blew away my older set up d800e with Nikon 14-24

You can not go wrong with the pair of elmeriat asph

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Depends how wide you want to go:

 

3.4/21 SEM

3.8/24 Elmar

2.8/28 Elmarit - I have both the 2.8/28 Elmarit and 2.0/28 Summicron (previous version)

 

I should say that I had the 2.8/25 ZM Biogon T* and frequently used it for internal architectural photography for my sister who is an interior designer.  Spectacular indoor architectural lens and significantly cheaper than the equivalent Leicas.  Having said that, excellent second hand 3.8/24 Elmars can be had relatively cheap.

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21 and or 18 are imho the focals for interiors... of course, tilt shift with DSLR can be a plus... but not a must imho... I am not sure if the picture hereunder has been made with a Leica (but I suppose...

) but I think that T+S lens wasn't used... and perspective is OK..

 

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21 or 24 with a preference for 21. I can recommend Leica 21/2.8 asph, 21/3.4 asph and the tiny CV 21/4 in good light. I have not experience with other M 21s sorry.

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pcsmythe, you didn't say what kind of building you are going to be shooting in. A house ? A cathedral ? What type of photo ?

 

You could take a photograph of a wall, a chair, or whatever with either a 21mm or 90mm.

 

The type of lens you use should be dictated by the desired end result. Here you'll get some great recommendations from people based on their own experience or their own lens without knowing what you have imagined to be your end result.

 

What would be more useful here is to say that the fastest would most likely not be the best as you will probably want a large DOF... so a good tripod may be something to look at.

 

As Michael mentioned... a tilt shift lens may be useful, but again, it depends on the type of interior. If it's a church or something with very high ceilings a T/S is very useful. If it's a house, it's probably less so.

 

So, in a nutshell, I would suggest you define in more details about your project, then you will likely get the most useful advice. 

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21 and or 18 are imho the focals for interiors... of course, tilt shift with DSLR can be a plus... but not a must imho... I am not sure if the picture hereunder has been made with a Leica (but I suppose...

) but I think that T+S lens wasn't used... and perspective is OK..

 

‌interior.jpg

Indeed it was, M240+18 SEM. (It is my waiting room, not sure where Luigi picked it up, it looks a bit the worse for wear by compression

)

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With an M and no live view the WATE and frankenfinder are going to be the closest options. There'll be some parallax and distortion errors requiring corrections in post so shooting a bit wider than needed will be required. Using the spirit level in the frankenfinder should help a bit.

 

A tripod will make things MUCH easier and probably faster. Not often you can say that about a tripod but it's true for interiors.

 

This is one situation where the M would be an easier solution than the M-D. But easy isn't always the most satisfying way to get something done.

 

Gordon

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