Best RF-Mount Lenses for Canon EOS R, RP, Ra, R5 and R6 Cameras

In September 2018, Canon introduced the Canon EOS R as its first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a full-frame sensor and the new RF-mount. The entry-level Canon EOS RP followed in February 2019, and the Canon EOS Ra specifically for astrophotography in November 2019. The high-resolution Canon EOS R5, the first mirrorless camera to feature 8k video, appeared in July 2020, the more affordable Canon EOS R6 in August 2020.

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 which will help you to find the best lens for your needs.

The color labels should not be interpreted in a way that a lens like the RF 35 mm f/1.8 Macro with two green labels is better than the RF 800 mm f/11 with two red labels. If the telephoto lens had the same speed as the macro lens, the diameter of its front element would be at least 444 mm instead of 95 mm, so it is actually a very compact lens. Color labels are therefore comparable for similar focal lengths only.

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length.

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with purposeful strong distortions.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  

1.2 Wide angle lenses

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Samyang AF RF 14 2.8 n/a 0.20  

1.3 Standard lenses

Lenses with a focal length similar to the image sensor diagonal of 43 mm. The images created with these lenses are perceived as “natural” by a human observer.

lens   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

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 85 1.2 82 0.85 CL, OL
Canon RF L DS 85 1.2 82 0.85  
Samyang AF RF 85 1.4 77    
Canon RF 600 11 82 4.50 CL
Canon RF 800 11 95 6.00 CL

1.5 Macro lenses

Lenses with a high magnification.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF Macro 35 1.8 52 0.17 CL, OL
Canon RF Macro 85 2 67 0.35 CL

2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length.

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 15-35 2.8 82 0.28 CL, OL

2.2 Standard zoom lenses

Zoom range from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 24-70 2.8 82 0.21-0.38 OL
Canon RF L 24-105 4 77 0.45 CL, OL
Canon RF 24-105 4-7.1 67 0.13-0.34  
Canon RF L 28-70 2 95 0.39 CL

2.3 Superzoom lenses

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

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF 24-240 4-6.3 72 0.50  

2.4 Telephoto zoom lenses

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Canon RF L 70-200 2.8 77 0.70 CL, OL
Canon RF L 100-500 4.5-7.1 77 0.90-1.20 CL

3 Teleconverters

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

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
Canon RF 1.4x n/a n/a n/a  
Canon RF 2x n/a n/a n/a  

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

*Manual focus lens with digital coupling between lens and camera.

**Manual focus lens without digital coupling between lens and camera.

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.