Best RF-Mount Lenses for Canon EOS R, RP and Ra Cameras

In October 2018, Canon introduced the Canon EOS R as its first mirrorless camera with a full frame sensor and a new lens mount: The RF-mount. The compact Canon EOS RP followed in February 2019, and the Canon EOS Ra specifically for astrophotography in November 2019. 

This page provides an overview of the growing catalog of RF-mount full frame lenses. These are mostly autofocus lenses, but selected manual focus lenses may also be included.

For every lens, the following major characteristics are given:

  • Focal length.
  • Maximum aperture. It has a strong influence on the light conditions in which the lens can be used, and how shallow the depth of field can be. Fast lenses also tend to be much more expensive. Green labels indicate fast lenses (> f/2), red labels indicate slow lenses (< f/4).
  • Filter size. It serves as a representative of the length, diameter and weight of the lens. Green labels indicate compact lenses (filter size < 60 mm), red labels indicate big lenses (> 70 mm).
  • Minimum focus distance (MFD). It has a major influence on the magnification that can be achieved, as well as the depth of field.
  • Another interesting point is of course the price, but it is different in every market and currency. Instead, links to independent reviews are given.

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with purposeful strong distortions

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  

1.2 Wide angle lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Samyang AF RF 14 2.8 n/a 0.20  
Canon RF Macro 35 1.8 52 0.17 CL

1.3 Standard lenses

Focal length similar to the image sensor diagonal of 43 mm. These lenses show the relation of foreground and background magnification more or less like the human eye.

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 50 1.2 77 0.40 CL, MLOL

1.4 Telephoto lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 85 1.2 82 0.85 CL
Canon RF L DS 85 1.2      

1.5 Macro lenses

Lenses capable of a magnification of 1 : 1 or more

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  

2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 15-35 2.8      

2.2 Standard zoom lenses

Zoom range from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 24-70 2.8      
Canon RF L 24-105 4 77 0.45 CL, OL
Canon RF L 28-70 2 95 0.39 CL

2.3 Superzoom lenses

Like standard zooms, but with an approximately 10x zoom range

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF 24-240 4-6.3      

2.4 Telephoto zoom lenses

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 70-200 2.8 77 0.70 CL

3 Teleconverters

Teleconverters extend the focal length of matching telephoto lenses by a certain factor.

make type* focal length max. aperture filter size MFD rvws.

*Additional designations such as IS, STM, USM are omitted.

References

The linked reviews are by CameraLabs (CL), LensTip (LT), MirrorLessons (ML) and OpticalLimits (OL). LT and OL focus on laboratory testing, CL and ML on real world photography. Links in brackets refer to tests of earlier models.

13 November 2019