2 years ago when I first visited the Dawes House in Evanston I had the Sony NEX7 for about 3-4 months. I really wanted to see how it would behave in the dark settings of an old home.
A few weeks ago, I revisited this majestic house with equipment that does it much better justice. The Sony A7II combined with the super wide Rokinon 14mm lens did an amazing job on this historic home! For instance, with the stabilization a super wide lens like this can be hand held for as long as 1/10th of a second and still get sharp results. That means if i want to bracket my shots for HDR because the windows are super bright, I have the following exposures 1/10, 1/40, 1/160th of a second. The width of the lens gets the entire room, too. But, when a room is corrected to make the vertical lines actually straight up and down, you will lose the fringe elements of the scene. This can be ok since a super wide angle will make it hard to make a clean composition from the beginning anyways. Something is bound to get cut out.
Anyways, here is a quick gallery of Vice President of the United States, Charles Gates Dawes’ House from Evanston, IL: