Are you looking for the best lens for interior photography in 2023? This post will run through some great choices as well as giving you tips on what to look for in your next lens.

First off, it’s important to point out that the best lens for interior photography depends on several factors such as the camera you’re using, the size of the spaces you will be photographing and finally (and maybe most importantly) your budget.

However, here are some general recommendations:

1. Wide-angle lenses: A wide-angle lens is essential for capturing the entire room in a single shot. Look for lenses with focal lengths between 10mm to 24mm. The wider the lens, the more of the room you can fit into the frame.

2. Zoom lenses: Zoom lenses can be versatile for interior photography as they allow you to adjust the focal length and framing without changing lenses.

3. Prime lenses: Prime lenses with wider apertures (lower f-stop numbers) are ideal for interior photography. These lenses allow for faster shutter speeds, which can help you capture sharp images in low-light situations.

4. Tilt-shift lenses: Tilt-shift lenses can be useful for correcting perspective distortion, which can occur when shooting interiors with wide-angle lenses. If you want to learn more about tilt-shift lenses, I have a post running through them: What Is a Tilt-Shift Lens?

Typically, wide-angle lenses are preferred for interior photography as they allow you to capture a broader field of view and fit more of a space into the frame.

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This image is shot at 17mm on a tilt-shift lens to give a full view of the room.

A lens with a focal length of 16-35mm, if you’re on a full frame camera, or 10-24mm if on a cropped sensor camera, is generally a good choice for interior photography.

Another option is something like the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, which offers a versatile focal length range and a fast maximum aperture for low light situations.

When it comes to photographing interiors, it’s important to capture a wide field of view to showcase the space. Wide-angle lenses are commonly used for interior photography because they allow you to capture a wider field of view and fit more of the scene into the frame.

However, it’s important to note that wide-angle lenses can also produce distortion. It’s essential to choose a lens with low distortion to avoid any unwanted effects or correct for distortion in-camera or in post-processing.

A lens with a fixed aperture of f/2.8 or wider is also handy to have. It allows for more light to enter the camera and enables you to capture sharp images in low light conditions without having to crank up the iso.

4 Popular Lenses for Interior Photography in 2023

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM – This lens has a wide focal range and image stabilisation, which can help you take sharp shots in low light conditions.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED – This is a professional-grade lens that is popular among interior photographers.

It has a wide aperture of f/2.8 and a focal range that starts at an ultra-wide 14mm.

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD – This lens has a wide angle of view and a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, making it great for low light conditions.

It also has image stabilisation to help keep your shots steady.

Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM – This lens is a great option if you are on a budget.

It has a wide angle of view and a fast maximum aperture of f/3.5, making it a good choice for low light situations.

Ultimately, the best lens for interior photography comes down to your camera body and how much you’re willing to spend. 

If I was starting out again with my Canon kit, I would look at picking up a second hand 16-35mm f/4L IS USM before making the jump to tilt shift lenses, only once I knew I needed them in my kit bag.

It’s always recommended to try out different lenses before making a purchase to make sure that it does the job you need it to do. Many camera shops hire out lenses so for not much money you can give your chosen lens a spin before buying.

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