Canon recently released its much-awaited second full-frame mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS RP ($999). For beginners, it’s the ideal entry-level Canon mirrorless camera. As the smallest, lightest, and most budget-friendly Canon EOS camera to date, it gives aspiring photographers an attractive opportunity to start their creative full-frame mirrorless journey.

This brand new and incredibly handy camera boasts a 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 imaging processor, which allows the camera to produce 4K videos and capture images in low-light conditions. It may not be on the same level as the pricier EOS R ($1799) but, with the right lenses, users will be able to make the most of its full-frame imaging capabilities and produce images of excellent quality.

Best Canon EOS RP Lenses

Fortunately, there are currently four RF lenses that are specifically designed for Canon mirrorless systems like the EOS RP. And with a specialized Canon lens mount, the EOS RP can access the brand’s more extensive line of EF and EF-S lenses, and explore new creative possibilities.

Below are those dedicated lenses and one EF lens that we would highly recommend you try with the EOS RP.

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM best lenses for Canon EOS RP

Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM ($499)

The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM is a unique piece of glass that is specially designed to offer one of the most useful fixed focal lengths, along with macro features. Paired with the EOS RP’s full-frame sensor, you get the real equivalent of a 35mm lens, thus letting you capture spectacular travel, street, and close-up photos.

Other key features of this lens are its super lightweight and compact body, Stepper Motor (STM) AF system for smooth and near-silent focusing during video recording, and Optical Image Stabilization for up to 5 stops of camera shake correction during handheld shooting. Thanks to its advanced optics and hybrid features, it’s the most creative EOS RP lens on the market.

Key Specifications:
  • Full-Frame Wide Angle Macro Lens
  • Fixed Focal Length of 35mm
  • Aperture Range of f/1.8 – f/22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 0.56 ft.
  • Stepper Motor (STM) AF System
  • Up to 5 Stops of Optical Image Stabilization
  • 11 Elements in 9 Groups
  • 52mm Filter Thread Size
  • 9 Rounded Diaphragm Blades
  • Weighs 305g (10.88 oz)
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM best lenses for Canon EOS RP

CanonRF 50mm f/1.2L USM ($2299)

EOS RP users will definitely benefit from the use of a “nifty fifty” lens. With a fixed yet highly versatile focal length of 50mm, the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM offers a “normal” angle of view of the world minus the excessive cropping and distortions that you typically get from wider-angled or telephoto lenses. This makes it ideal for portraiture, still life, events, food, and even street photography.

But that’s not the highlight of this lens. It also boasts a wide maximum aperture of f/1.2, which is even faster than the popular f/1.4 EF lens, leading to remarkable low-light performance and stunning bokeh quality. As a top quality L-series lens, it produces great colors and contrast, as well as sharper and more detailed images — even at the edges of your frame.

Key Specifications:
  • L-Series Full-Frame Lens
  • Fixed Focal Length of 50mm
  • Aperture Range of f/1.2 – f/16
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 1.31 ft.
  • Ultrasonic Motor (USM) AF System
  • Glass-Molded (GMO) Aspherical Element
  • 15 Elements in 9 Groups
  • 77mm Filter Thread Size
  • 10 Diaphragm Blades
  • Weighs 950g (33.44 oz)
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM best lenses for Canon EOS RP

Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM ($2999)

The Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM lens offers a useful zoom focal range that’s great for different types of photography. At 28mm, you can capture nearly wide-angle shots of landscapes and cityscapes. Zoom in for other popular focal lengths, like 35mm and 50mm, and end at 70mm for a much closer shot.

The best part? You can use the maximum aperture of f/2 and maintain your exposure throughout the zoom range. Its 9 rounded aperture blades produce luscious-looking background blurs that you can compress closer to your subject at 70mm. And as another L-series lens, you get only superior image quality and faster autofocus compared to standard lenses.

Key Specifications:
  • Full-Frame Wide Angle to Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Focal Length of 28 – 70mm
  • Aperture Range of f/2 – f/22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 1.28 ft.
  • Ultrasonic Motor (USM) AF System
  • 19 Elements in 13 Groups
  • 95mm Filter Thread Size
  • 9 Rounded Diaphragm Blades
  • Weighs 1.43kg (50.4 oz)
Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM best lenses for Canon EOS RP

Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM ($1099)

The Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM offers a longer telephoto zoom range for those who are looking to get in on the action. Its high-end features include a constant maximum aperture of f/4, which is a definite plus considering standard lenses’ apertures can get even smaller (f/5.6) at the long end and produce darker images.

The lens features the brand’s very own ring-type NANO Ultrasonic Motor technology for fast and precise autofocusing, as well as optical image stabilization for sharper, more detailed images. It’s also an L-series lens, so you get professional-quality images and a robust lens body that can handle harsh weather conditions.

Key Specifications:
  • Full-Frame Wide Angle to Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Focal Length of 24 – 105mm
  • Aperture Range of f/4 – f/22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 1.48 ft.
  • Ring-Type NANO Ultrasonic Motor (USM) AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilization Technology
  • 18 Elements in 14 Groups
  • 77mm Filter Thread Size
  • 9 Rounded Diaphragm Blades
  • Weighs 700g (24.64 oz)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM best lenses for Canon EOS RP

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM ($419)

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is an older lens that’s designed for Canon DSLRs. Although not an RF lens, it can be used on the EOS RP with the use of the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R ($99).

There is certainly a whole range of other full-frame EF lenses to choose from, but we highly recommend the 85mm for its maximum wide aperture of f/1.8, versatile fixed focal length that’s great for portraits, and compact size that’s very fitting for a handy mirrorless system like the EOS RP.

Key Specifications:
  • Full-Frame Telephoto Lens
  • Fixed Focal Length of 85mm
  • Aperture Range of f/1.8 – f/22
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 2.8 ft.
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) AF System
  • 9 Elements in 7 Groups
  • 58mm Filter Thread Size
  • 8 Diaphragm Blades
  • Weighs 425g (15 oz)