Shooting interiors with an old Nikon 35mm architectural lens on a modern Canon digital SLR body!

Most interior and real estate photography is shot with ultra-wide 17 - 24mm lenses. At the widest focal length, perspective distortion occurs. It’s when the elements on a lens are so curved that it distorts room sizes and pinches the center, so you get this  > <  instead of this  | |

I use Canon’s 24mm TSE-II and 17mm TS-E II as my two go-to lenses for interiors. I switched to Canon in just for these two superior architectural-grade lenses and I have been shooting Nikon since 1977. These are Canon’s highest quality, all-manual glass and steel architectural and interiors lenses. They are remarkably sharp all the way to the edges with no lens distortion or no chromatic aberration.

The lens body “shifts” up or down to accommodate for architectural work. Shift up for tall buildings, shift down for smaller interior rooms. I shift down a few degrees in most rooms to remove part of the ceiling and
show more of the content near the floor. This way, you compose at eye level and see the furnishings.

24mm is arguably the perfect focal length for most medium to large interiors but you have to use 17mm for most standard rooms to show it all.

That said, when conditions are right, I’ll use my old 80’s Nikkor 35mm PC Shift-only architectural lens.. on a Canon camera body! All you need is a $50 adapter. This amazing Nikkor lens is steel and glass, small and all-manual. It’s also a compact 52mm filter size. I can put this amazing little lens in my pocket!

Here’s a few images shot with this terrific old school lens.

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