Best Lenses for the Canon EOS 5DS R (DxOMark): Optics for travel, wildlife & portrait photography

Canon EOS 5DS R

Several days ago, DxOMark posted best Standard Zoom & Popular Prime lenses for the new released Canon EOS 5Ds R. Today, they are looking at the best optics for travel, wildlife, portrait and event photography. Below are best lenses in four different categories — short telephoto prime, long telephoto prime, “fast” telephoto zoom and “slow” telephoto zoom — to discover the best-performing lenses in each group.

Best Short Telephoto Prime lenses for Canon EOS 5Ds R

In this range in the focal length from 100mm to 200mm, Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZE is the best portrait lens for Canon EOS 5DsR with the overall score 48, followed by the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM and EF 135mm F2L USM lens.

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Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZE 48 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM 40 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM 39 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro 32  Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM 32  Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay

Best Prime Sport and Wildlife lenses for Canon EOS 5Ds R

The 300mm, 400mm, 500mm & 600mm telephoto primes are workhorse lenses for professional wildlife, sports, or celebrity photographers, but they are big, heavy, and expensive. From the list , it is clear Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the best lens for Canon EOS 5Ds R with the total score of 38.

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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM 38 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM 37 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM 32 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 600mm F4L IS II USM 32 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 500mm F4L IS II USM 31 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay

Best Professional Telephoto Zoom lenses for Canon EOS 5Ds R

“Fast” telephoto zoom lenses keep a large maximum aperture fixed through the focal range. In this ranger from the list, you can see Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is the best zoom lens for Canon EOS 5Ds R with an affordable price of $1,499. You can also choose another Tamron AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di lens for the even cheaper price of $769.

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD 35 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM 35 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 33 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 30 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di 30 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay

Best Enthusiast telephoto Zoom lenses for Canon EOS 5Ds R

As we all know, “Slow” telephoto zoom lenses offer smaller maximum apertures around f/4 at the wide end of the focal range, stopping down one stop to f/5.6 at the long end of the zoom. Choosing these lenses from the below, you can save a lot of money. The best enthusiast telephoto zoom lens for Canon EOS 5Ds R is Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens.

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM 25 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di Vc 22 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM 21 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG APO Macro 21 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD 21 Amazon/B&H/Adorama/eBay

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