The best lenses for the Canon EOS R5 in 2024: top optics for Canon's best camera

A Canon EOS R5, sitting on a wooden outdoor surface, with a selection of Canon, Laowa, Lensbaby, AstrHori and Zhongyi RF lenses
(Image credit: James Artaius)

As an R5 owner since launch day, I've spent the past four years figuring out the best lenses for the Canon EOS R5 – and it's safe to say that we're spoiled for choice.

I've been an RF user since day one, and Canon has released some great glass during that time. However, some of the best lenses I've used for the Canon EOS R5 have also come from third parties – and now that Canon has opened the RF mount to Sigma and Tamron, that trend is sure to continue.

A day one R5 owner!
Photographer James Artaius holding a Canon EOS R5 up to his eye
A day one R5 owner!
James Artaius

Having reviewed the camera before it launched, I immediately preordered one and have been using it since release day! I use it for my personal work and paid commissions alike, so I've spent a long time been trying and buying the best lenses for the Canon EOS R5 – both from Canon as well as third parties. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.