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Best Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV [2021 Review]

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Published: 08/06/2021

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The Canon 5D Mark IV comes with an improved set of features than its predecessors, like enhanced resolution, more dynamic range, AF precision, and AF speed. To make the most of these features, you need to choose the best lens for Canon 5D Mark IV.

Our Top Canon 5D Mark IV Lens Reviews

Below, we sift through the best lenses to enhance your 5D Mark IV and what upsides and shortcomings to expect from each lens.

Brand
Best Overall
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
Best for the Money
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
Best Cheap Pick
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8
Product
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens for...
Lens Type
Wide Angle, Telephoto
Wide Angle
Wide Angle
Maximum Focal Length
300 Millimeters
70 Millimeters
14 Millimeters
Best Overall
Brand
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
Product
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
Lens Type
Wide Angle, Telephoto
Maximum Focal Length
300 Millimeters
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
Product
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Maximum Focal Length
70 Millimeters
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8
Product
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens for...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Maximum Focal Length
14 Millimeters
Price

Here's a quick recap of our top recommended lenses for Canon 5D Mark IV listed in this article. In this table, we've also included an overview of their top features.

ProductMaximum ApertureFocal LengthWeight (Ounces)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4f/1.450mm10.2
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4Lf/417-40mm22.75
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6Lf/4.5-5.6100-400mm48.68
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L IIf/1.424mm19.4
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8f/1.885mm14.99
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L IIf/1.435mm26.8
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L IIf/2.814mm22.75
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8f/2.814mm19.4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IIf/2.824-70mm28.4
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6Lf/3.5-5.628-300mm58.91

Best Overall Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L

Built with a design geared to please many, the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L is an ideal option for professionals in love with versatility and longevity over an immaculate precision.

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens

We especially love how you can switch from capturing a vast angle to a close-up photo in a matter of seconds. Its extensive focal range, which is the second widest on the list, allows you to use it for real estate photography.

Unlike most lenses on our list, you can adjust its focal range by pulling and not twisting. This makes the lens easy to use and quick. 

When it comes to weight, this lens is relatively heavy. At 58.9 ounces, it is the heaviest lens on our list and not a great choice if you will be shooting all day while moving frequently. The lens is quite long as well and needs considerable space in your traveling bag.

Pros

  • The second most extensive focal range which is suitable for all-purpose photography
  • Quick, pull-zoom functionality like the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

Cons

  • The f/3.5 to 5.6 aperture range is unideal for dim scenarios
  • The most expensive lens included in our list 
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
  • Handy, compact zoom lens for versatile and easy subject selection while travelling
  • Incorporates Canon's Image Stabilization (IS) technology. Diagonal angle of view is between 75 -...
  • Powerful ring-type USM drive provides silent, high-speed autofocusing

Best Canon 5D Mark IV Lens for the Money: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II is an upgrade that offers an improved picture quality with a more portable build.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens

Backed by a wide f/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range, the lens lets in a lot of light. This feature makes it a practical choice for capturing dim interiors or nighttime photography. You also get faster shutter speeds and less wide apertures, which is ideal for video work.

If you need a background out of focus, the f/2.8 aperture provides nice bokeh, something you may not achieve with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L.

While delivering an exceptional value for your bucks, it still is five times more expensive than the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8. It is a professional-level unit meant to deliver significant value, especially for real estate, wedding, and press photographers.

Pros

  • f/2.8 aperture better low-light performance than the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L
  • Better bokeh effect than the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Cons

  • Over five times pricier than the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8
  • Lacks image stabilization, unlike the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
  • 24 70 millimetre focal length, 38.4 112 millimetre equivalent focal length on Canon APS C cameras
  • F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum, ring type ultrasonic type AF motor with full time...
  • 82 millimetre filters, closest focusing distance: 0.38 meter/1.25 feet

Best Cheap Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8

Its price may raise some skepticism as to whether it is a good match for the Canon 5D Mark IV. However; the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8 proves to be a suitable and affordable option that offers an ultrawide angle.

Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens for...

One thing you’ll notice is its similarity with the 14mm f/2.8 Canon lens we’ll cover shortly. We had to examine this affordable alternative offering almost the same deal at such a vast price difference.

The 14mm focal length is a crazy wide angle when shooting with your Canon 5D Mark IV. With this lens, you can achieve a dramatic perspective with your picture edges immensely stretched and the subject pushed away.

You may, however, dislike the absence of autofocus, which is different from our other selections, when shooting at such an ultrawide angle, though, this doesn’t matter too much.

The lens is way smaller than our first two lenses and also feels quite solid. The focus ring turns a long way for great focusing, and the glide is smooth. Its manual aperture ring turns pretty smoothly as well. 

Pros

  • Over seven times cheaper than the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
  • Larger maximum aperture  than our best lens for immense light let-through

Con

  • Lacks autofocusing, unlike our other picks
  • Broad non-removable lens hood making it unable to fit in the pocket, unlike the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Sale
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens for...
  • Ultra wide-angle 14mm lens with an approximately 90° angle of view using an APS-C camera, for...
  • Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.9' (28 cm) for enhanced close-up shots. Lens includes a...
  • Maximum Diameter: 3.4”(87mm). Aperture Range: F2.8 to F22

Best Prime Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II

Resembling the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8 in its core features, we wanted to find out what makes the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II a superior choice.

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Fixed...

We love its performance when it comes to distortion, much better than the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8. We noticed a big difference in accuracy, unlike the Rokinon FE14M-C 14MM f/2.8, delivering extensive distortion.

The extent of vignetting at the corners is much more noticeable on the Rokinon lens, whereas this has a reasonably well-balanced brightness level throughout the picture.

Picture quality, in general, seems a bit better on the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II than the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8. While this lens seems to provide pictures with a purplish hue, the latter offers a greenish appearance.

The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II seems to have more chromatic aberration at maximum aperture settings than the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8.

We noticed a slightly wider field of view on the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8. It is, however, very minimal and nothing that would make much of a difference on how much you can fit in your real estate photos.

Pros

  • Bright f/2.8 aperture to better suit low-light shooting than the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
  • Minimal to no vignetting, unlike the Rokinon FE14M-C 14MM f/2.8

Cons

  • The second priciest selection
  • Has more chromatic aberration than Rokinon FE14M-C 14MM f/2.8
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra-Wide Angle Fixed...
  • Lens construction is 14 elements in 11 groups
  • Focal length is 14mm, maximum aperture is 1:2.8 and has gel filter holder at rear of lens
  • Closest focusing distance is 7.9 inches

Best Low-Light Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II

Though it’s one of the most expensive 35mm Canon lenses available, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II has plenty of crucial attributes. We love its 35mm lenses as this focal length is quite helpful for real estate photography and even everyday shooting.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens, Lens Only

Its top-notch performance includes the f/1.4 aperture, tying it with two other lenses on our list for the top spot. That makes it ideal for dim, indoor shooting and achieving out-of-focus backgrounds with your subject close.

The lens has considerable protection against dust and moisture, given its construction with a metal mount and a weather-sealed gasket. Pair it with a 72mm filter to achieve complete weather sealing. The focus ring turns smoothly and precisely whether you are in manual mode or autofocus.

While it’s typical to see Canon lenses going for a high price, the amount you spend to get this 35mm lens is pretty ridiculous.  The lens lacks image stabilization, unlike the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8, something you may not like when taking real estate videos with your 5D Mark IV held in your hand.

Pros

  • The widest maximum aperture on the list at f/1.4 for lots of light
  • Twice as light as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Con

  • Over five times more expensive than the Rokinon FE14M-C 14MM f/2.8
  • No optical stabilization different from options like the Rokinon FE14M-C 14MM f/2.8; unsuitable for handheld video work
Sale
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens, Lens Only
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 35mm f/1.4
  • Subwavelength Coating (SWC) helps significantly reduce lens ghosting and flare.Lens Construction: 14...
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 63°

Best Durable  Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8

Even though it lacks focal flexibility, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 compensates for this shortcoming with features like the sturdy build quality and bright aperture.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for...

It won’t let in as much light as the f/1.4 lenses included, like the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II. At f/1.8, though, you can still expect ample lighting for the excellent shooting of dark rooms and bathrooms, something that might challenge you when using the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L.

We love the lens’s solid build quality, yet it is still pretty light at only 14.99 ounces, making it the second lightest on our list. Its portability is a cinch compared to the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L.

Our prime concern is the lack of image stabilization, unlike options like the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L. This omission, together with the long focal length, makes it a bad choice for handheld videography.

Pros

  • A better build quality than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
  • Around six times cheaper than the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L

Cons

  • A much limited focal length that is less versatile than the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
  • Lacks image stabilization, which together with the long focal length makes it less suited for videography than the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for...
  • 85 millimetre standard lens with f 1.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras, Lens Type:Telephoto...
  • Ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) brings subject quickly into focus, Focal length: 85 millimetre,...
  • Natural angle of view and perspective is ideal for portraits and natural images

Best Wide-Angle Prime Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II

Introduced to the market eight years earlier than the Canon 5D Mark IV, the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II is one of the older lenses that impressively combines with the 5D Mark IV.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Wide Angle Lens -...

On your Canon 5D Mark IV, 24mm is a vast angle. It provides slightly stretched corners while pushing your subject away from you and emphasizing the background.

Featuring its f/1.4 aperture that leads amongst the lenses on review, the rig allows in a lot of light. Excellent in low light conditions and providing intense bokeh when close to your subjects, the unit provides flexibility and superb image qualities.

The zoom and focus rings turn gently, and you can use the manual ring at any time.  With the option for quiet autofocus, the lens is suitable for a house tour shoot, just as it is for real estate stills.

One of our biggest dislikes is the image stabilization absence, unlike the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L. Without this feature, taking videos is a bit trickier.

Pros

  • The largest aperture on the review for immense brightness
  • A much wider angle than the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II for more coverage

Cons

  • Over four times pricier than the Rokinon FE14M-C 14MM f/2.8
  • Absence of image stabilization, unlike the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Wide Angle Lens -...
  • Lens not zoomable
  • Minimum focus Distance is 0.8ft
  • Focal Length -24 mm

Best Telephoto Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

Even though it centers in the telephoto zone, we like the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L because it has the most extensive zoom range on our list.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens...

We appreciate its optical stability, absent in some of the lenses on our list, like Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II. Optical stability ensures you maintain some precision as you shoot moving subjects who may be buyers of a property you are shooting.

It’s quite a beast, designed with a massive and sturdy body. The 48.7 ounces weight makes it our second heaviest lens and is quite tedious to carry around. It, however, may survive quite a few knocks and drops, given its premium build.

Its zoom ring is one of the smoothest we have come across in a lens with an autofocus system. You can manually focus with ease, allowing you to get the precise level of sharpness on your real estate photos.

Considering its small focal range, it won’t perform as excellently as other wide-angle lenses on the list. The lens’s aperture of f/4.5 to f/5.6 means that it doesn’t let in a lot of light to your Canon 5D Mark IV sensor.

Pros

  • Most extensively zoom capacity support immense versatility in the telephoto range
  • A heavy-metallic and sturdier build than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Cons

  • The smallest maximum aperture unsuitable for low lighting
  • Thrice heavier than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, Lens...
  • Compact, high performance L-series super-telephoto zoom makes it ideal for sports and wildlife...
  • Rotation-type zoom ring allows for more precise composition and excellent balance when handholding
  • Improved zoom torque adjustment ring allows easy setting of zoom tension, Focal Length & Maximum...

Best Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Equipped with the most extensive ultrawide angle amongst our select zoom lenses, the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L is a lens that scenery, real estate, and related photographers may enjoy.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom...

At 17-40mm, it gives you the flexibility to capture many details in your images, though not as good as the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L.

The maximum aperture of f/4 is the second smallest on the list. While unsuitable for dark scene shooting, we appreciate that the aperture remains the same as you zoom in, unlike a lens like the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L. This feature makes it perform nicely as you shoot videos.

Being a Canon L lens, it has a respectable construction. It is one of the more affordable Canon L lenses. It’s slightly oversized with a good weight to it. Solid yet not overly weighty, the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L offers a balance between build and performance.

Thanks to weather-sealing, the lens should survive getting rained on, provided you attach a filter to its front.

Pros

  • More focal flexibility than the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II for enhanced versatility
  • Twice as light as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Con

  • Second smallest maximum aperture; lets in less light
  • The zoom range is not as flexible as the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L
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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom...
  • 17 40 millimeter ultra wide angle zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon SLR Cameras....
  • 3 aspherical lens elements and super UD glass element create superior optics in all conditions,...
  • Powerful ring type ultrasonic monitor (USM) produces fast and silent autofocusing, Focuses as close...

Best Compact Lens for Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Set at its maximum aperture of f/1.4, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 outshines almost all our options in a low light setting.  With this aperture, you can achieve over twice as much light as the f/1.8 lens, something you’ll adore as you shoot dark indoor spaces.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium...

The f/4 aperture allows you to achieve an extremely blurry background throwing most of the viewer’s focus to your subject.

Another one of its most significant strengths is its petite build and light mass. It is the lightest product on the list at only 10.2 ounces. Attached to your Canon 5D Mark IV, the total weight is still considerably lighter than the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L.

On your Canon 50D Mark IV, 50mm is a standard focal length, neither wide-angle nor telephoto. The angle of view is wide enough to get most scenes though zoomed in enough to emphasize the subject.

We, however, dislike the absence of picture stabilization, meaning you’ll need a tripod for video work.

Pros

  • The second cheapest lens on the list
  • Most petite body with the lightest mass amongst our options
  • The brightest maximum aperture on the list; supports low-light shoots

Cons

  • No image stabilization, unlike the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L, leading to slightly shaky videos
  • The build quality is not as sturdy as the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium...
  • Standard focal length 50 millimeter lens is effective in a multitude of shooting situations and...
  • Elements/Groups: 7/6, Diaphragm: Blades 8, Filter Thread: Font 58 millimeter. Minimum focusing...
  • An f/1.4 maximum aperture provides clear imaging in low light situations and shallow depth of field

Conclusion

Canon 5D Mark IV with zoom lens

After going through the comprehensive researched best lens for Canon 5D Mark IV review, you should be more informed on what to pick. Our lens comparisons make it less challenging to pick your best lens and get into the action.

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