Canon R5 lens

The bulk of RF lenses are available exclusively from Canon, which sells a mix of ultra-wide zooms, prime lenses, and telephoto options. However, there are a handful of other third-party lens manufacturers that provide RF lenses, with others such as Tamron and Sigma aiming to release RF-compatible lenses sometime in 2022.

The main factors to consider when choosing a lens for the Canon EOS R5 are focal length, aperture range, image stabilization, and size or weight. If scenic landscapes is your thing it might be worth considering wide-angle lenses in order to capture a wider field of view. But if it’s important to get close to a distant subject such as wildlife or sports then a telephoto lens is required to reach far-away subjects and bring them larger in the image.

For those interested in capturing photographs with shallow depth of field then a wide aperture is essential. This also helps when capturing images in low light situations as it will allow more light to pass through onto the R5’s image sensor, thereby creating good exposures even in dark situations. Also, a lens’ ability to focus closely may also appeal to photographers shooting macro wildlife subjects such as flowers or insects, but is equally at home in the commercial studio when photographing small products such as clothing or jewelry.

Whatever your choice, we’ve rounded up the best lenses for the Canon EOS R5 you can buy today to include something for everyone. So, if you’re looking for a decent set of glass to go with that mirrorless beauty, then read on.

Best lenses for the Canon R5

1. Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM

A bright wide-angle zoom lens with superior autofocusing


Maximum aperture: f/2.8Image Stabilization: YesLens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groupsDimensions: 88 x 126mmWeight: 840gFilter size: 82mm


+Useful ultra wide-angle zoom range+5 stops of hybrid image stabilization


-Heavy compared with wide-angle primes-Large filter size requires bigger filters

This lens’ incredibly useful focal length zoom range of 15-35mm makes it suited to a wide range of applications from landscapes, travel photography, street, and even astrophotography thanks to its bright f/2.8 aperture which is constant throughout the zoom range.

Fast autofocus is powered by the Ultrasonic Motor in this lens, a step above the standard STM equipped in many other, slightly cheaper models. A real treat to use in low light conditions this lens combines with the R5’s in body image stabilization to provide a maximum 8 stops of IS (5 in the lens).

2. Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

This fast telephoto zoom is perfect for professional photographers


Maximum aperture: f/2.8Image Stabilization: YesLens Construction: 17 elements in 13 groupsDimensions: 89 x 146mmWeight: 1070gFilter size: 77mm


+Flexible telephoto zoom range+5 stops of image stabilization+Small for a telephoto with this focal range


-Cheaper RF 70-200mm f/4 available

Professionals and serious amateurs with a good chunk of change behind them should take note of this third of Canon’s holy trinity of lenses. Designed to be taken anywhere it’s considerably smaller than any 70-200mm EF counterpart and is comparatively lightweight, too, all-the-while retaining excellent weather sealing to protect it from the elements.Advertisement

This fast L series telephoto zoom appeals to many types of photographers, whether favoring landscapes, portraits, or even concert/gig photography where light is minimal and often inside which this lens shoots easily thanks to five stops of hybrid IS and a fast f/2.8 aperture.

3. Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM

Super sharp, incredible magnification macro lens with superb image stabilization


Maximum aperture: f/2.8Image Stabilization: YesLens Construction: 17 elements in 13 groupsDimensions: 81 x 148mmWeight: 730gFilter size: 67mmTODAY’S BEST DEALS


+1.4x magnification higher than true macro+5 stops of hybrid image stabilization+Variable spherical aberration control ring


-Bulky and quite expensiveAdvertisement

This is truly a unique macro lens no matter what camera system you’re considering. It takes heritage from the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM but builds on it enormously for the RF range, compatible with the R5 body. Up to eight stops of hybrid image stabilization steadies the frame while a bright f/2.8 aperture lets light soak into the image sensor.

It has better magnification with a reproduction ratio of 1:1.4 (1:1 is required for genuine macro performance) which means more detail in macro subject capture. And there’s even a spherical aberration control ring on the lens to control a soft focus effect, adding flattering bokeh to images. It also doubles as a standard lens as it can focus to infinity.

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