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Which Three Canon RF Lenses Should You Buy First?

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If you’re eyeing up an EOS R5 or R6 or perhaps considering one of Canon’s older mirrorless models, you might also be wondering which lenses to splash out on first. Here’s photographer and videographer Tony Mellinger to give you some solid advice.

Canon’s RF glass tends to command some fairly high prices, but more affordable options are emerging, such as the recently announced RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM that’s available to order for a mere $599. This is a notably more affordable alternative to the two other RF 85mm lenses that are both just under $3,000.

Mellinger’s suggested three lenses are a mix of high-end and affordable options to give you a good foundation and a reliable setup, especially for covering events such as weddings. Those on a budget can be strategic with where they want to drop the cash, but if you need a telephoto zoom, expect to spend some money.

Catching the eye of those lucky folks for whom money is not a barrier, Canon’s trinity of fast zooms — 15-35mm f/2.8, 28-70mm f/2, and 70-200mm f/2.8 — looks truly phenomenal, but that tasty trio will set you back well in excess of $10,000 once taxes are included. Time to start saving up.

What would be your first three RF lenses? Leave a comment below.

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