Lens Compatibility

Find out more about the different types of Canon camera lenses and how to tell whether they fit your camera.
A woman fitting in an RF lens on an R System camera.

Canon Lens Mounts

The easiest way to find out which lenses your camera will accept is to look at the lens mount index on the front of your EOS camera. Simply remove the lens from your camera by pressing the lens release button and twisting the lens anti-clockwise. Canon cameras have four mount types.

  • A picture of EOS R camera with a close-up on the red line at the centre-top of the mount.

    EOS R System

    If you see a red line on the lens mount, your camera is an EOS APS-C R System or EOS Full-frame R System mirrorless.

  • A picture of EOS 200D camera with a close-up on the red circle at the centre-top of the mount and a white square at the top-right of the mount.

    EOS APS-C DSLR

    If you see a red circle and a white square on the lens mount, your camera is an EOS APS-C DSLR.

  • A picture of EOS 6D Mark II camera with a close-up on the red circle at the centre-top of the mount.

    EOS Full-Frame DSLR

    If you see only a red circle on the lens mount, your camera is an EOS full-frame DSLR.

  • A picture of EOS M50 camera with a close-up on the white circle at the top-left of the mount.

    EOS M series

    If you see a white circle on the lens mount, your camera is an EOS M series APS-C mirrorless.

  • Canon Lens Types

    Depending on your camera, different lens types can be used with or without a lens mount adapter.

  • Lens RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM standing on the wooden table with a butterfly sitting on it.

    RF and RF-S

    Created for EOS R System cameras.

  • Canon lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS II USM placed amongst the snow with blue sky in the background.

    EF, TS-E, MP-E

    Compatible with every EOS camera ever produced, including the new EOS R System and EOS M series when used with the appropriate lens adapter.

  • Somebody taking a macro picture with a Canon camera and lens EF-S 35MM F2.8 IS STM MACRO with a macro lite on.

    EF-S

    Designed for EOS APS-C DSLR cameras. Compatible with EOS R System and EOS M series cameras when used with the appropriate lens adapter.

  • A hand holding lens EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM in the street showing the same street upside down through the lens.

    EF-M

    Created for EOS M series cameras.

  • Canon lens compatibility chart

    See which Canon lenses work best for your camera using the chart below.

    RF


    Fully compatible1

    Fully compatible

    Not compatible

    Not compatible

    Not compatible

    RF-S


    Fully compatible1

    Compatible1 2

    Not compatible

    Not compatible

    Not compatible

    EF, TS-E, MP-E


    Compatible with EF-EOS R Adapter1

    Compatible with EF-EOS R Adapter

    Fully compatible1

    Fully compatible

    Compatible with EF-EOS M Adapter1

    EF-S


    Compatible with EF-EOS R Adapter1

    Compatible with EF-EOS R Adapter1 2

    Fully compatible1

    Not compatible

    Compatible with EF-EOS M Adapter1

    EF-M


    Not compatible

    Not compatible

    Not compatible

    Not compatible

    Fully compatible1

    1. The lens and camera combination will have a 1.6 crop factor.
    2. Using dedicated APS-C lenses on Full-frame EOS R cameras may have additional limitations, for further details please refer to your camera’s User's Manual.

    Canon Lens Adapters

    Canon lens adapters offer full compatibility with Canon EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses giving Canon EOS R System and EOS M series camera owners complete integration with their existing lenses.*

  • Lens mount adapter-EF-EOS R shown from the side angle.

    Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

    The standard Mount Adapter EF-EOS R allows EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses to be used on EOS R System cameras.

  • Control ring lens mount adapter-EF-EOS R shown from the side angle.

    Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

    Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R offers the same lens mount conversion as Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, but also adds a Lens Control Ring.

  • Drop-in filter lens mount adapter-EF-EOS R shown from the side angle.

    Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

    Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R takes the functionality of Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and adds the ability to use drop-in filters.

  • Lens mount adapter-EF-EOS M shown from the side angle.

    Mount Adapter EF-EOS M

    Attach any lens from Canon’s huge range of EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses to the EOS M series camera using this small, lightweight EF-M mount adapter.

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