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The long-awaited Canon EOS R5 recently dropped, so if you’re like me, you frantically read a ton of Canon EOS R5 reviews and are now onto Canon EOS R5 lenses.
Gear acquisition syndrome is definitely ramping up during the pandemic. I mean, what else is there to do?
The Canon EOS R5 is impressive enough on its own, but I could never purchase a camera for nearly $4,000 and not get an incredible lens to match.
Here are three of the best RF lenses for the Canon EOS R5.
I made sure to choose a wide array of lenses, so whether you’re looking for the best Canon EOS R5 kit lens, or the best prime lens for Canon EOS R5, you’re going to find it here.
A Good Kit Lens: RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Okay, you obviously can’t create a list of Canon EOS R5 lenses and not include a good kit lens. Of all the Canon R5 lenses available, I chose the RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM.
I chose this lens because it is multifunctional. I have friends who are event photographers that religiously use this lens and I have friends who are landscape photographers who use it even more often. It can truly do it all.
Obviously, the first thing that’s going to jump out to photographers about this lens is its incredible focal range. This makes it a great kit lens because you can literally use it for anything, no matter whether you are taking a portrait of someone on the street, or want to capture a photo of a mountain directly beyond that street. You can zoom in or out as needed.
Its autofocus motor is fast and effective. It also isn’t noisy like other autofocus motors present on similarly priced lenses.
This lens also features a five-stop-effective image stabilizer, which will only further the image stabilization found within the Canon EOS R5.
A lot of these Canon EOS R5 lenses are incredibly expensive. This isn’t a total shock, considering the Canon EOS R5 is nearly $4,000, but I still love a bargain.
I found the RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM used on MPB starting at $950. Compared to its list price of $1,100, this isn’t that bad.
It also isn’t that bad compared to a lot of other Canon EOS R5 lenses available.
The Best Wide-Angle Zoom: RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
I also think you can’t discuss Canon EOS R5 lenses without discussing the best wide-angle zoom lens for Canon EOS R5.
The RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM is a perfect lens for shooting landscapes, architecture or video. I know I haven’t really touched on the video capabilities of the Canon EOS R5, but you won’t want to be shooting 8K video without a lens to match.
This lens is Canon’s first f/2.8 wide zoom lens that features IS for full-frame with five stops, making it an incredible lens fitting of an incredible camera.
You can expect sharp pictures throughout, an impressive zoom range, and high image clarity. This lens features 16 elements in 12 groups and allows you to capture soft bokeh alongside crystal clear subjects.
This lens, like the kit lens I previously discussed, is very quiet because it comes with Canon’s Nano USM technology.
This lens can also handle itself in bad weather and features an image stabilizer.
Unfortunately, unlike the other Canon EOS R5 lenses on this list, I couldn’t find the RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM on MPB. So, if you want it you’re going to need to keep checking with MPB or pay full price for it at $2,999.
A Must-Have Fast Prime: RF 50mm f/1.2L USM
There’s no point in purchasing any of the other Canon EOS R5 lenses if you don’t have a great prime lens. This is a great option.
The RF 50mm f/1.2L USM is hands-down the best prime lens for Canon EOS R5 because its low-light shooting is pristine, it features some of the best bokeh I’ve ever seen, and it focuses just as quickly as you could ever hope.
But, of all of the Canon EOS R5 lenses, this one is my favorite because it features a control ring on the front of the lens so you can change the exposure settings, like the aperture, without ever taking your eye off of the EVF.
It allows your depth of field to be incredibly shallow, your images to be clear, and its minimum focusing distance is just over a foot at 15 inches. As someone who shoots lots of events, this prime lens is going to be a lifesaver when I finally pick up my Canon EOS R5.