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After I bought a RED Komodo, which comes with a Canon RF mount, I’ve been on the search for lenses – both cine and photography – that will work natively on that camera.
So I’ve created this table with native RF mount cine lenses – great for Canon C70, RED Komodo, and similar cameras. I hope others will find it useful as well.
I’ll try to keep the list updated with all RF Mount cinema lenses, so if you know of any lenses I haven’t covered, throw a comment in the comment section below so that I can add it to the list.
RF Mount Cinema Lenses
|Name||Focal Length||T-stop||Sensor Coverage||Type||Where to buy|
|Fujinon MK-R||18-55mm||T2.9||Super35||Zoom Lens||TBA|
|Fujinon MK-R||50-135mm||T2.9||Super35||Zoom Lens||TBA|
|Irix||11mm||T4.3||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Irix||15mm||T2.6||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Irix||45mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Irix Macro||150mm||T3.0||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Meike||35mm||T2.1||Full-Frame||Prime||Meike – Check Price|
|Meike||50mm||T2.1||Full-Frame||Prime||Meike – Check Price|
|Meike||85mm||T2.1||Full-Frame||Prime||Meike – Check Price|
|Rokinon DSX||14mm||T3.1||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Rokinon DSX||24mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Rokinon DSX||35mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Rokinon DSX||50mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Rokinon DSX||85mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Samyang VDSLR MK2||24mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Amazon – Check Price|
|Samyang VDSLR MK2||35mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Amazon – Check Price|
|Samyang VDSLR MK2||50mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Amazon – Check Price|
|Samyang VDSLR MK2||85mm||T1.5||Full-Frame||Prime||Amazon – Check Price|
|Vazen 1.8x Anamorphic Lens||28mm||T2.2||Super35||Anamorphic Prime||Vazen – Check Price|
|Vazen 1.8x Anamorphic Lens||40mm||T2.0||Super35||Anamorphic Prime||Vazen – Check Price|
|Vazen 1.8x Anamorphic Lens||65mm||T2.0||Super35||Anamorphic Prime||Vazen – Check Price|
|Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D||9mm||T2.9||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama –|
|Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D||12mm||T2.9||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Venus Optics Laowa Zero-D||15mm||T2.1||Full-Frame||Prime||Adorama – Check Price|
|Zhong Yi Optics Mitakon Speedmaster||17mm||T1.0||Super35||Prime||Zyoptics – Check Price|
|Zhong Yi Optics Mitakon Speedmaster||25mm||T1.0||Super35||Prime||Zyoptics – Check Price|
|Zhong Yi Optics Mitakon Speedmaster||35mm||T1.0||Super35||Prime||Zyoptics – Check Price |
|Zhong Yi Optics Mitakon Speedmaster||50mm||T1.0||Super35||Prime||Zyoptics – Check Price|
RF mount lens FAQ
If you’re new to RF Mount lenses and cine lenses, here is a quick guide that explains the most frequently asked questions.
What is a RF mount lens? RF camera meaning explained.
The RF mount is an interchangeable lens mount developed by Canon for its full-frame mirrorless EOS R System.
The RF mount was first introduced in 2018 with the Canon EOS R 30.3 megapixel camera, which was Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera – the first sucessor to their long-lived full-frame DSLR systems.
The RF mount is Canon’s successor to the tried-and-testet EF and EF-S mounts.
Because the flange distance is much shorter on mirrorless cameras compared to DSLR-cameras the RF mount allows for older EF, EF-S, TS-E, and MP-E full-frame lenses to be adapted and used on RF mounts.
Can you use a RF lens on DSLR?
In short, no! While it is possible to adapt e.g. EF and EF-S lens to RF mounts you can’t adapt RF lenses for EF and EF-S and other DSLR mounts.
RF mount adapters
The short flange distance allows for some unique possibilities in terms of adapters for older lenses and lenses from other manufacturers:
Dummy adapters with no optical components, which simply converts your collection of vintage lenses to be used on RF mount cameras.
Mount adapters with no optical components that converts your EF and EF-S to be used on RF mount cameras while retaining full autofocus and image stabilization capabilities.
Adapters with a control ring and no optical components allows you to adjust exposure settings, such as ISO, aperture, and exposure compensation. These also retains full autofocus and image stabilization capabilities.
Focal reducers such as the Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x, which increases the maximum aperture by one stop and the field-of-view of APS-C or Super 35 sized sensors (like the RED Komodo and Canon C70) sized cameras closer to the field-of-view of full-frame cameras.
Drop-in filter mount adapters allows you to use A-type drop-in filters, such as a variable neutral density filter or a polariser.
I think this is a great alternative to build-in ND-filters as it moves the filter close to the camera (as opposed to having a variable ND-filter attached at the front end of the lens).
Also, drop-in filters don’t get so easily dirty or scratched as those attached to the front end of the lens.
RF vs EF lens differences explained in more detail
Let’s take a closer look at the many differences between RF and EF lens and lens mount differences and similarities.
Notice, some of these advantages are only relevant for native RF photography lenses – and not cinema lenses.
However, since a lot of videographers also uses photography lenses these days, I thought it was relevant to include.
What is the RF mount flange distance?
The focal flange distance is the distance from the lens mount on the camera body to the sensor.
The RF mount flange focal distance is only 20 mm, which is less than half the flange distance of Canon EF and EF-S mounts at 44mm (due to mirror taking up space in a DSLR).
Pros of the shorter flange distance
Both the EF mount and RF mount has a inner diameter of 54mm, and as mentioned earlier the RF mount flange distance is 20 mm, whereas the flange distance of Canon EF and EF-S mounts is 44mm.
Besides allowing for unique adapters, the shorter flange distance also helps reduce chromatic aberration.
So you’ll see less of those nasty purple fringes around leaves or branches fx, which is really nice. You also get better corner-to-corner sharpness.
Faster data transmission
The RF mount is build to optimize lens, sensor, and camera data transmission.
Mechanically, this is visible as the RF mount has 12 connection pins for faster commication between lens and camera body, compared to an EF mount lens that only has 8 pins.
Better image stabilization
The Canon RF mount also allows for better image stabilization because it can communicate with the sensor to detect micro-shakes.
An EF lens with optical image stabilization doesn’t work in tandem with the sensor data, and is less effective in stabilizing shots and video footage.
Control ring – but not on manual cinema lenses
Native RF mount lenses comes with a control ring at the front of the lens barrel that allows you to control a designated exposure setting (fx f-stop, shutter speed, ISO speed, or exposure compensation).
Notice, that the manual RF cinema lenses doesn’t have this control ring.
I hope you find this RF mount cine lens guide useful? If you got any comments let me know in the comment section below.
About the author:
Jan Sørup is a videographer and photographer from Denmark. He owns filmdaft.com and the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.