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A Complete List of Canon RF Lenses and Their Specifications

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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 Canon 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.

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

Canon RF Lens Release Dates in Order

Many people are interested in the latest and greatest Canon products, so it can be useful to see a simple chronological list of Canon RF lenses. The shiny new ones are right at the top.

Lens ModelRelease Date (M/D/Y)
RF 16mm f/2.8 STM9/14/2021
RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 9/14/2021
RF 14-35mm f/4 L IS6/29/2021
RF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro04/14/2021
RF 400mm f/2.8 L IS04/14/2021
RF 600mm f/2.8 L IS04/14/2021
RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM04/10/2020
RF 50mm f/1.8 STM04/10/2020
RF 600mm f/11 IS STM07/09/2020
RF 800mm f/11 DO IS STM07/09/2020
RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM07/09/2020
RF 1.4x Extender07/09/2020
RF 2.0x Extender07/09/2020
RF 24-105mm f/4-7.102/12/2020
RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.107/09/2020
RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM10/24/2019
RF 85mm f/1.2 USM DS10/24/2019
RF 15-35mm F/2.8 L IS USM08/28/2019
RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM08/28/2019
RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM08/28/2019
RF 85mm f/1.2 USM05/08/2019
RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM09/05/2018
RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM09/05/2018
RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM09/05/2018
RF 24-105mm f/4 L USM09/05/2018

Canon RF Lens Specifications

Table Notes

  • The data in the tables can be re-sorted using the arrows in the header. For example, you could sort by lens weight, focal length or release date.
  • Displaying large data tables on mobile devices is tricky. If you are viewing this on a phone, you can touch and scroll horizontally through the additional columns in the table. You’ll also have a better experience if you turn your phone horizontally.

Full-Frame RF Lenses

Lens NameRelease Date (MDY)Focal lengthAperture RangeAngle of View (diag)LengthDiameterWeightMFDMMOptical DesignFilterAperture BladesISCheck Price
RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR10/6/215.2mm2.8-16190°2.1" / 5.3cm4.8" / 12.2cm12.4 oz / 352 g7.9" / 200.7 mm0.03x12 Elements in 10 GroupsRear7NoB&H / Adorama
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 16mm f/2.8 STM9/14/2116mm2.8-22108° 10'12.7" / 69.2mm1.6" / 40.1mm5.8 oz / 165 g5.1" / 13 cm0.26x9 Elements in 7 Groups43mm7NoB&H / Amazon / Adorama
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/1.8 STM4/10/2050mm1.8-2246°1.6" / 40mm2.7" / 69mm5.6 oz / 160 g11.8" / 30 cm0.25x6 Elements in 5 Groups43mm7NoAmazon / 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 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro04/14/21100mm2.8-3224°5.8" / 148mm3.2" / 81.5mm1.6 lb / 730 g10.2" / 26 cm1.4x17 Elements in 13 Groups67mm9YesAmazon / B&H
RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS9/14/21100-400mm(5.6-8)-(32-45)24° to 6° 10'6.5" / 164.7mm3.1" / 79.5mm1.4 lb / 635 g2.9' / 88 cm0.41x12 Elements in 9 Groups67mm8YesB&H / Amazon / Adorama
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 400mm f/2.8 L IS04/14/21400mm2.8-3214.4" / 367mm6.4" / 163mm6.4 lb / 2.9 kg8.2' / 2.5 m0.17x17 Elements in 13 Groups55 mm (Drop-In)9YesB&H
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 600mm f/4 L IS04/14/21600mm4-324° 10'18.6" / 472mm6.6" / 168mm6.8 lb / 3.1 kg13.8' / 4.2 m0.15x17 Elements in 13 Groups55 mm (Drop-In)9YesB&H
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.130gAmazon / 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.121gAmazon / 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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7 thoughts on “A Complete List of Canon RF Lenses and Their Specifications”

  1. Thanks Dan – great start! However, the column sorts don’t work well. Click focal length and it sorts 100mm before 24mm. Ditto with weight (the weights are a mix of pounds and ounces that become a mishmash – best to sort by grams and show all in lbs?)

    Reply
    • Thanks for the feedback Chris. I think the zoom focal lengths are really throwing the sorting off something crazy. I’ll have to try and find some time to figure this out.

      Reply
  2. Dan, this is a great resource! Just one blip I noticed: the length and diameter of the RF 600mm f/4 L IS are shift a column to the right (so the weight is covered by the diameter.)

    Sadly, this lens is far out of my hobby budget. Oh, well.

    Thanks!

    Reply

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