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Canon R10 Lens Compatibility


Hi! I recently got a Canon r10 for my birthday and am wanting to get into photography. At a friends band’s show I was trying to borrow a lens from someone who also had a canon camera, and it didn’t fit, she didn’t know why and neither do I? At there certain lenses that I need for this camera? What does and doesn’t work? And what would you recommend for concert photography, and also portraits? 




Your Canon R10 uses native RF lenses and uses lenses that have an RF mount.

The lens that your friend has, probably not an RF lens.

You can use EF lenses if you buy an EF-EOS R lens adapter. These adapters run about $130, and allows you to use any Canon lenses in the EF or EF-S lineup.

For concerts, you are probably going to be in pretty dim lighting, so you'll want a lens that has a wide aperture - something in the f/2.8 range or so. Larger, or wider apertures will give you greater light-gathering capabilities.

You can't go wrong with an RF f/1.8 50mm lens. They run about $130 also. Everyone needs a 50mm prime lens in their life. 😀

The downside is that because it is a prime lens, there is no zooming. If you want to get closer, or make your subject t look larger, you have to physically move closer. That may or may not be possible in a concert setting.

For a telephoto lens, where you zoom with your lens instead of your feet, there are the 24-105mm, or the 18-150mm options. The both run around $500 on the used, or refurbished market.

For portraits, there is a lot of debate out there on what makes the best portrait lens. Some like 50mm, some like 85mm, and some like 135mm. I think it's a matter of personal choice.

Steve Thomas


As my colleague Steve indicated, there are some Canon lenses that will not work on your R10.

EF-M lenses. No way whatsoever

EF and EF-S only via an EF-RF adapter.

RF and RF-S ok as is.

cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris


As my learned friends have pointed out, knowing the camera brand is nowhere near enough -- you need to know your lens mount.  This is true for all camera brands.  The R-series cameras have either RF or RF-S mounts.

I wrote a guide to lens mount compatibility that you may find useful: