Best Lenses for Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Canon EOS R of 2021

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We looked at all lenses for Canon EOS R and selected the best choices based on a good price, usefulness and detailed image quality. Here is a collection with the Best Lenses for Canon EOS R

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM became the first lens for RF bayonet and, accordingly, the first lens for the Canon R Series Mirrorless cameras. At first glance, it looks quite logical: the lens is quite versatile and capable of its focal lengths to work out in many genres, from landscape to portrait. The combination of the characteristics of the lens is time-tested on the EF Bayonet and loved more than one generation of amateur photographers, and this lens has become the primary lens for many photographers. Let's look at the new version for mirrorless mirrors and try to assess its market prospects.

On the background of other lenses for the R series, the “glass” we consider pleases with its dimensions. The lens was able even to lose weight and acquire a more modest size compared to the EF lens, despite maintaining the stabilizer and also increasing the number of elements in the optical scheme.

In general, Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM has proved to be a good reliable standard lens with decent indicators for zoom multiplicity more than 4×. However, in terms of optical characteristics, the glass is not a step forward compared to the version for SLR cameras. Already familiar to us, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM shows still slightly higher image quality almost in the entire range of focal lengths and apertures, except that 105 mm on the maximum aperture. Also, we were unable to confirm the increase in efficiency of the stabilizer in one step, declared by the manufacturer.

We can speak of a significant blurring of the far plan, perhaps only by combining the maximum focal length with the most open aperture. Bokeh is exceptionally soft, without pronounced outlines of blurred objects.

The important characteristics of this universal zoom should include the presence of a stabilizer. Let's check him in the case. At a wide-angle, we may need a stabilizer, for example, in evening landscape or urban photography, to avoid raising ISO or to achieve greater depth of field. Guided by the known rule for the calculation of shutter speed, with the efficiency of the stabilizer in 5 steps, we could shoot at shutter speed per second, which is unrealistic, because the movement of hands during such a long period of time is so chaotic and significant that they cannot be compensable. When testing this stabilizer for 24 mm, I came to the figure of 3 steps as a value that can be counted on in practice, which corresponds to the shutter speed of a third of a second.


Favorite more than one generation of photographers' regular zoom successfully migrated to a new bayonet without losing its properties. The main advantages of Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM includes an extended range of focal lengths, allowing you to shoot both portraits and landscapes while maintaining high optical characteristics. Separately, I want to note the lightweight and size of the lens, which makes it an ideal candidate for the role of the single and everyday zoom in the bag. Not the highest luminous intensity partially compensates for the excellent stabilizer. In my opinion, the shortcomings as such Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM is not, given its market niche.

Canon RF 50mm F/1.2L USM

The EOS R system started with a small but very interesting set of lenses for its bayonet. Lightweight “fifty” with ultrasonic focus drive is not cheap (although prices for L-series lenses have never been particularly low and have not been), massive (almost a kilogram!) and even purely tactile causes the feeling of a thing done qualitatively and for a long time.

Getting good sharpness with this value of an open aperture is not an easy task. A lot of lenses, and Canon, including, require the cover of the diaphragm and with less light intensity in order to get rid of the “soap”. Chromatic aberrations — slight, easy to clean when RAW is processed. Beginning with f/2.0, the sharpness becomes excellent at all, even at the center, at least at the edges.

The diaphragm is collected on ten rounded petals. We take light-strong “fifty” for a reason, right? Bokeh is really beautiful, light power allows you to withdraw from GRIP a maximum of unnecessary details. Another thing is that Boke personally the author would call faceless: “if a person opens the diaphragm, the lens will draw circles”. Although, of course, it is better than boring already on thousands of photos “torsion”. What do we say to the twisted bokeh? “Not today.”

An old acquaintance — the ring ultrasonic autofocus drive — as always, fast, silent and allows you to use manual focus control without necessarily switching to MF mode. Two-mode autofocus — with full range (from 0.4 m to “infinity”) and with reduced (0.8 m — “infinity”). Nothing new here, everything is familiar and traditionally excellent. But the camera settings control ring introduced on RF lenses is a useful thing: extra setting “at hand” (however, you can and without quotes - literally) will not hurt. For example, working in the aperture priority mode, you can control it not the camera wheel, but the holding arm of the lens, as on manual optics.

This is a good choice for a full-frame mirrorless camera Canon EOS R

Canon RF 28-70mm F/2L USM

Khe-khe! Yes, the goods in online stores makes it stall. And from the price, and from the weight of almost one and a half kilograms, and from the dimensions decent to television. Inadvertently asks to feel that on top RF lenses in Canon decided to compensate saved by the cameras themselves under this bayonet size and weight.

But the “glass”, of course, came out what it is necessary. The “two” of a relative hole in the entire focal range is a very good luminous intensity for the zoom lens. The range of focal lengths is convenient - here you and quite a wide “end”, and seventy for portraits. Wedding photographers have their inner Hamster exactly has to squeal a lively (though, his neighbor - Toad will immediately begin to recalculate the price of the lens into the number of weddings that need to be worked out, while the lens will only pay off). Taking into account the fact that the aperture is nine-petal, as a “portrait” and for artistic shooting, when high-quality background blur is required, the lens is completely wealthy.

Autofocus quality — no comment: the ring USM-drive silently puts the lens sharp at the right point in a tenth of a second. FTM, as an integral attribute of this construction since its inception in the early nineties, here is more “to be” than a really necessary thing.

The quality of optics, including UD-elements, is such that it is difficult to get involved. Chromatic aberration will have to be sought under the magnifying glass, vignetting is noticeable only at the “wide end” to f/4, barrel distortion completely disappears, starting with a focal length of 35 mm. Control light is practiced confidently and even beautifully - with smooth multibeam stars without rough lights, it is quite possible to use in artistic photo as a “chip”.

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

It seems that Canon decided, without postponing, immediately show the world what the new bayonet is capable of — aiming, obviously, at professionals and the highest price segment. Previously, the incredible Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM and Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM were released. It was the turn of another potential bestseller: Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM - the successor of traditions of the best portrait fix.

It is not correct to talk about lens migration from one bayonet to another. Essentially, it is a completely new lens with a different optical circuit, including a new refractive blue spectrum optics (BR) to significantly suppress chromatic aberrations on the open diaphragm. The total number of elements increased from 8 to 13, resulting in a slight increase in weight and size. Now its weight is impressive for the fixed 1195 g.

Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM has a moderate vignetting at f/1,2, which becomes barely visible to f/2,8 and completely disappears at f/4. In addition, the portrait genre for which this lens is intended, most often from this kind of distortion only benefits.

The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM has minor barrel distortions, which will be visible only in frames with very strict geometry. However, for our readers, it is not news that all this is easy to fix in the graphics editor.

But what the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM is not too strong, so it is in the fight against the control light. And the lens holds the contrast very well, but bright light sources in the frame can cause a variety of effects, ranging from numerous “hares” and ending with rainbow halo. On the one hand, it can be a creative tool in skillful hands, on the other - it is still a disadvantage.


Maximum sharpness on a wide diaphragm, excellent detail, magical bokeh - having on hands such trumps, you can easily survive much more correctable things, such as light vignetting and distortion. Of course, in our dreams, this lens should be even lighter, smaller, and cheaper, but this is how we will dream about any technique. Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM is a tool to achieve the most professional result, for which you have always had something to pay.

Canon RF 35mm F/1.8 IS STM Macro

After viewing the catalog under the RF bayonet, this lens allows the Hamster to rest from the battle with the Toad. Quite reasonable price, and dimensions with weight, not shocking from the beginning of acquaintance, make this lens Canon very interesting.

With a minimum focus distance of 17 centimeters, it is quite wealthy as a macro lens. In addition, macro photography can be carried out at long shutters, in an uncomfortable position - built-in optical stabilizer with a range of 5 stops will always help out.

Chromatic aberrations are already clearly visible, the photo will have to be corrected. Both “barrel” and vignetting are tangible. However, this is corrected - however, if you use Lightroom, auto-correction will not be available: Adobe has not yet “deformed” the profile for this lens. Fortunately, the correction of peripheral lighting and distortion is supported by the cameras themselves EOS R, where the Canon profiles for the lens did not forget to create. Sharpness is good on the open diaphragm, and “in full order” comes from f/2.8 and further to f/11 — then the influence of diffraction becomes noticeable.

Autofocus is assembled on the stepper motor. It's not as fast as USM, but it doesn't cause complaints. Noise when focusing is minimal. Given the wide field of view, perhaps, this lens can fall in love with video bloggers, filming themselves loved in a limited space (well, that is, at home on the couch). Manual focus, like other STM-lenses, “virtual” - the ring is mechanically independent of optics, it does not work when the power is switched off.

The nine-petal diaphragm and good light intensity allow you to think about the side. Yes, the quality of blur is good, although a small focal length and more “sharpened” under macro photography design limit the use of the lens — say, behind the spider on the branch of the bokeh will be beautiful, and here a growth photo of the person already immediately hinted to get “half tinnik”, and even the lens “more authentic”.

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

We have a fresh update of the line of lenses for Canon R-series cameras — wide-angle Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM. The widest angle lens in the range is part of the so-called “holy Trinity” or “professional triad” together with two other zoom lenses with constant luminous intensity f/2.8. Let's get acquainted with it and find out how this glass meets the aspirations of professionals and demanding amateurs.

Modern in design and filling, Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM rightly falls into the list of desirable lenses for professional use. Stop, as usual, can only its significant cost. Otherwise, the lens is very good: excellent image quality, very wide viewing angle with filter threads, effective optical stabilization.

Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM

Canon makes it clear: in the system EOS R in addition to ultrahigh-quality and expensive lenses there will be available amateur optics. Otherwise than to complete the previously released mirrorless Canon EOS RP? The first such lens was officially presented today tenfold zoom Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM.

In this model there is no separate additional control ring, which we have previously seen in the lenses of this mirrorless system. However, the manual focus ring can fully perform its functions when it is not used for its intended purpose.

Here an optical stabilizer with the declared efficiency in 5 stages of shutter speed is realized. The minimum focus distance is 50 and 78 cm respectively for wide-angle and teleposition. The lack of dust and moisture protection is a significant simplification of the design compared to the more advanced colleagues. In any case, it is not said in the characteristics.

So, at least in terms of optics, Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM behaves just as we expected superzoom of its kind and everything else is pretty good; the focus system is good and tidy, and stabilization is very effective. It is also wonderful to see good sharp results, especially on telephoto lens, where many will no doubt use such a lens at a certain frequency. It is far from perfection, but nevertheless it is a long-awaited addition to the radio frequency range..

Canon RF 24-70mm F/2.8L IS USM

For many photographers, a zoom lens with a focal length of 24—70 mm is the main lens. Because of their versatility, such zooms are called “standard” or “standard”. On the full-frame camera, they can simultaneously be a wide-angle for shooting a landscape and a portrait. At the same time, the relatively small zoom multiplicity allows you to combine high luminosity and image quality in one lens.

Externally, the new 24-70 is expected to be a classic L-lens of recent years. Tightly assembled black case, the usual rubber focus, and zoom ring with different ribbed pitch, autofocus switch in a standard place, rubber skirt around the bayonet. Unusual and redundant here looks zooming blocker - the lens unit moves tight enough and does not fall out even when obtaining sufficient acceleration. I'd like to move it to 24-105. As with most new lenses, plastic is used herein much larger quantities - the outer part of the body and the front edge of the trunk with threaded filters are made of it.

Dimensions are relatively large - 3.5 x 3.5 x 4.9 in, tangible weight - 0.95 lb. The kit includes a convenient cover with a central grip, a plastic hood, and a soft “luxury” cover, which does not protect against mechanical influences and difficult to apply in life.

Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM has two disadvantages. The first is inherent in all medium zoom - it is a retractable hood. However, if the first version of the hood was attached to the body and could protect the moving lens block, now the attachment of the hood is at the end of the trunk. The captain of the obvious hurries to warn: the lens requires especially careful handling - after the first blow to the front edge there is a high probability of expensive repair.

The the second drawback is stretching elastic band overtime on the ring of zoom. In many copies of the first two years of release, after several months of active use, it began to spoil and required ring elastic bracelets.

Otherwise, the Canon RF 24-70mm is perfect. He's as sharp as possible at the moment. Even on open diaphragms. There is a slight drop in quality at the corners, but compared to the first version it is sky and earth.

The lens is really cool and its money is worth it.

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