The RF lens mount was developed by Canon and launched in 2018 to replace the EF mount. The shorter flange distance of the RF mount means that RF lenses are only able to be used on Canon’s mirrorless EOS R cameras, they are not backwards compatible with DSLR lenses that use the older EF mount. While Canon initially continued to develop several more EF mount DSLRs after the launch of the RF mount, they stated publicly at the beginning of 2020 that there would be no more EF lenses. It’s RF all the way from here on out and there are some amazing looking lenses such as the new RF 100-500mm.

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS

The RF lens list continues to grow at a reasonable pace, but it’ll still be some time before it matches the breadth of the old EF lanes catalogue. Thankfully, EF lenses can be used on all Canon EOS R mirrorless cameras using one of their EF to EOS R adapters. I have reviewed all the adapters on this site in the past, but by far my favourite is the Control Ring adapter. You can find the review of that one here, if you are thinking of adapting EF lenses to use with your EOS R camera: Canon Control Ring Adapter EF-EOS R Review.

If you are unfamiliar with the nomenclature that Canon uses to describe their lenses, I recommend you read our previous post entitled Canon Lens Terminology and Abbreviations.

Canon RF Lens List

Table Notes

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Lens NameRelease Date (MDY)Focal lengthAperture RangeAngle of View (diag)LengthDiameterWeightMFDMMOptical DesignFilterAperture BladesISCheck Price
RF 50mm f/1.8 STM4/10/2050mm1.8-2246°1.6" / 40mm2.7" / 69mm5.6 oz / 160 g11.8" / 30 cm0.25x6 Elements in 5 Groups43mm7No
RF 15-35 f/2.8 L IS USM08/28/1915-35mm2.8-22110° 30' to 63°4.99" / 126.8mm3.48" / 88.5mm1.85 lb / 840 g11.02" / 28 cm0.21x16 Elements in 12 Groups82mm9YesAmazon / B&H
RF 24-70 f/2.8 L IS USM08/28/1924-70mm2.8-2284° to 34°4.95" / 125.7mm3.48" / 88.5mm1.98 lb / 900 g8.27" / 21 cm0.3x21 Elements in 15 Groups82mm9YesAmazon / B&H
RF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM09/05/1824-105mm4-2284° to 23° 20'4.22" / 07.3mm3.29" / 83.5mm1.5 lb / 700 g1.48' / 45 cm0.24x18 Elements in 14 Groups77mm9YesAmazon / B&H
RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM02/12/2024-105mm4(7.1)-4084° to 23° 20'3.5" / 88.8mm3.02" / 76.6mm13.93 oz / 395 g5.16" / 13.1 cm0.5x13 Elements in 11 Groups67mm7NoB&H / Amazon
RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM08/28/1924-240mm(4-6.3)-2284° to 10.3°4.8" / 121.92mm3.2" / 81.28mm1.65 lb / 751.26 g1.64' / 50 cm0.26x21 Elements in 15 Groups72mm7YesAmazon / B&H
RF 28-70 f/2 L USM09/05/1828-70mm2-2275° to 34°5.5" / 139.8mm4.09" / 103.8mm3.1 lb / 1430 g1.28' / 39 cm0.18x19 Elements in 13 Groups95mm9NoAmazon / B&H
RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM09/05/1835mm1.8-2263°2.47" / 62.8mm2.93" / 74.4mm10.8 oz / 305 g6.69" / 17 cm0.5x11 Elements in 9 Groups52mm9YesAmazon / B&H
RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM09/05/1850mm1.2-1646°4.25" / 108mm3.54" / 89.8mm2.1 lb / 950 g1.31' / 40 cm0.19x15 Elements in 9 Groups77mm8NoAmazon / B&H
RF 70-200mm f/4 L IS4/10/2070-200mm4-3234° to 12°4.7" / 120mm3.3" / 83mm1.5 lb / 695 g24" / 60 cm0.28x16 Elements in 11 Groups77mm9YesB&H / Amazon
RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM10/24/1970-200mm2.8-3234° to 12°5.75" / 146mm3.54" / 89.9mm2.35 lb / 1070 g2.3' / 70 cm0.23x17 Elements in 13 Groups77mm9YesAmazon / B&H
RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM05/08/1985mm1.2-1628° 30'4.62" / 117.3mm4.06" / 103.2mm2.63 lb / 1195 g2.79' / 85 cm0.12x13 Elements in 9 Groups82mm9NoAmazon / B&H
RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM07/09/2085mm2-2228° 30'3.56" / 90.5 mm3.07" / 78mm17.64 oz / 500 g1.15' / 35.05 cm0.5x12 Elements in 11 Groups67mm9YesB&H / Amazon
RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS10/24/1985mm1.2-1628° 30'4.62" / 117.3mm4.06" / 103.2mm2.63 lb / 1195 g2.79' / 85 cm0.12x13 Elements in 9 Groups82mm9NoAmazon / B&H
RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS07/09/20100-500mm4.5-7.124° to 5°8.17" / 207.6 mm3.69" / 93.8mm3 lb / 1365 g2.95' / 90 cm0.12 to 0.33x20 Elements in 14 Groups77mm9YesB&H / Amazon
RF 600mm f/11 IS STM07/09/20600mmf/11 only4° 10'10.61" / 269.5 mm
3.66" / 93mm
2.05 lb / 930 g14.76' / 4.5 m0.14x10 Elements in 7 Groups82mmunknownYesB&H / Amazon
RF 800mm f/11 IS STM07/09/20800mmf/11 only3° 5'13.85" / 351.8 mm4" / 101.6mm2.77 lb / 1260 g19.69' / 6 m0.14x11 Elements in 8 Groups95mmunknownYesB&H / Amazon
RF 1.4x Extender07/09/20N/AN/AN/A0.8" / 20.32 mm2.8" / 71.12 mm7.9 oz / 224 gN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AB&H / Amazon
RF 2.0x Extender07/09/20N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AB&H / Amazon

Canon EF-EOS R Lens Adapters

AdapterFunctionWeightCheck Price
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS RBasic standard mount adapter with no special features.110gAmazon / B&H
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS RAdds a user customizable control ring to EF lenses, similar to that which is found on new RF lenses. 130 gAmazon / B&H
Canon EF-EOS R Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter with Circular Polarizer FilterMount adapter with a drop-in rotatable circular polarizing filter.121gAmazon / B&H
Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND FilterMount adapter with a drop-in rotatable variable ND filter.121 gAmazon / B&H
Canon Drop-In Clear Filter AA clear drop-in filter to use in the drop-in adapter when you don't need a polarizer or variable ND.30gAmazon / B&H
Canon Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter ADrop-in CPL filter on its own without the drop-in adapter.30gAmazon / B&H
Canon Drop-In Variable ND Filter A (1.5-9 Stop)Drop-in variable ND filter on its own without the drop-in adapter.30gAmazon / B&H

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