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Canon Camera Lens Adapters, Mounts and Tubes

The right accessories allow photographers to add whole new levels of versatility to their Canon cameras. Lens adapters, mounts and tubes for Canon EOS cameras are the most common, as they tend to be used by enthusiast and professional photographers. However, digital compact accessories also exist, including Canon PowerShot lens adapters, mounts and tubes.


Canon’s modern range of lenses are designed to fit the EF mounts found on modern Canon EOS-family cameras. The company produces standard EF lenses for full-frame Canon cameras, EF-S lenses for compact cameras and EF-M lenses for mirrorless cameras. Adapters allow photographers to use these legacy lenses, which are often available more cheaply than modern glass. Users of adapters can use older Canon lens ranges such as their FD family and Canon’s own range of mount adapters is quite limited, but third parties provide adapters for attaching a wide range of lenses to the Canon EF mount.


Macro lenses are the go-to solution for very close-up photography, but they are specialised and can be expensive. If you prefer to rely on your existing lenses, a lens extension tube can provide enhanced close-up performance. Typically they work best with shorter focal length lenses. By setting the lens further away from the camera, the tube lowers the minimum focus distance which provides sharper, clearer images from a much shorter distance. Extension tubes come in two main types. More expensive ones often preserve the electronic contacts between the camera body and the lens so that autofocus and other functions will still work. Canon’s own EF 25II extension tube is of this type.


Extension tubes are not the only extension systems that can be used to get more out of your existing lenses. If you need more zoom instead of closer focus to achieve longer distance shots, you can use a teleconverter or extender. These extend the effective focal length of the lens, giving you more magnification at the expense of a narrower field of view.


Clear and UV filters are useful for a wide variety of applications as they protect the lens from damage without significantly affecting image quality. Polarisers are also very popular for their ability to reduce glare and reflections, and neutral density filters are also regularly used as they decrease light transmission without affecting colour balance, allowing longer exposure times. Close-up filters make macro photography easier, while coloured filters allow photographers to alter colour balance at source instead of waiting until post-production.