At the moment, Canon sells three different types of interchangeable lens cameras, each of which has a different lens. Because of this, purchasing a new lens for your Canon camera may be a little more challenging than for other brands. Here are some things to keep in mind while you browse lenses for your Rebel SLR, EOS M mirrorless, or EOS R mirrorless camera.

You must ascertain which Canon lenses work with your camera before you purchase one. Determine the sort of camera you have first. That’s an optical viewfinder SLR for many users, especially those who have had their camera for more than a few years.

EOS Rebel, X0-D, and XD Canon SLRS When Andre Agassi, a wild-haired tennis star, served as the company’s spokesperson during the film era, Canon began using the Rebel moniker for its consumer SLR series. The Rebel line survived the transition to digital technology by using APS-C format digital sensors in place of 135 film cartridges. However, camera lines from the 10D to 90D, as well as the 7D and 7D Mark II, all share the same sensor format and lens mount. Midrange digitals didn’t use the branding. Both full-frame compatible EF lenses and APS-C compatible EF-S lenses are compatible with these cameras.

Readers outside of North America take note: Canon doesn’t use the Rebel branding there. The series is known as Kiss in Japan, and in Europe, Canon models have three- or four-digit designations; two examples are the EOS 1500D and 800D.

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Other mirrorless ILCs from Canon are divided into two lineups with distinct lens systems. The first, the EOS M, was introduced in 2013 and utilizes EF-M lenses. Your camera uses an EF-M mount if its model name begins with the letter “M.” This covers all EOS M models, from the original to the most recent, the EOS M6 Mark II, as well as the EOS M100 and M200 series and the EOS M50 and M50 Mark II.

Regardless of model designations, EOS M cameras lack an optical viewfinder and a mirror box while being slightly smaller overall than SLRs. When you remove the lens from one of these cameras, all that is left is the bright, green image sensor surface, not a silvered mirror like you would see with an SLR.

The EF-M mount hasn’t received as much support from Canon as its other lens systems. Only eight EF-M lenses were released by the business overall, however Sigma and other third parties provided several alternatives. For photographers who don’t want to spend a lot of money on large F1.4 primes or F2.8 zooms, this system is a preferable choice because the available lenses tend to be small and have relatively dim apertures.

There isn’t a large selection of lenses, but if you don’t mind using a large lens on a small body, these cameras can use EF and EF-S SLR lenses with an adapter. Click through to read our selection of the top Canon EF-M mirrorless lenses if you’re looking for a new lens for your EOS M series camera.


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The future without mirrors: Canon EOS R The newest of Canon’s camera lines, the EOS R system, which uses RF and RF-S mount lenses, is without a doubt the way of the future. EOS R was introduced in 2018 as a full-frame-only platform, but two APS-C models, the EOS R7 and R10, were added in 2022.

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