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Can You Use EF/EF-S Lenses On The Canon EOS M50 (and Mark II)?

💡 All the information in this post applies to both the Canon EOS M50 and the newer Canon EOS M50 Mark II.

  • You are able to use EF/EF-S lenses on a Canon EOS M50, but only with the use of the correct adapter.
  • You can’t use EF/EF-S lenses on a Canon EOS M50 without an adapter as they simply won’t fit. 

While there’s a decent lineup of EF-M lenses to choose from, they’re not as extensive as Canon’s range of EF/EF-S lenses.  

And with the rise of mirrorless cameras, more and more people are moving over to mirrorless models like the Canon EOS M50

Unfortunately, you can’t just use any EF/EF-S lens on a Canon mirrorless camera without an adapter.

Quick Summary

If you just want to know how to use EF/EF-S lens on a Canon EOS M50 (or the M50 Mark II), here’s a brief step-by-step guide:

  1. Buy ONE of these lens adapters for your Canon M50 or M50 Mark II
  1. Attach the lens adapter to your Canon EOS M50 (or your M50 Mark II)
  1. Attach your EF or EF-S lens to your new adapter which is now mounted to your Canon EOS M50.
  1. You should now be able to freely use your Canon EF/EF-S lens on your Canon EOS M50 (or M50 Mark II). 

Our Top Pick

Canon EF-EOS M Adapter

You can use this adapter Canon EF-EOS M adapter to use Canon EF or EF-S lenses on your Canon EOS M50.

What Lens Mount Does the Canon M50 Have?

To know which lenses work with the Canon EOS M50 we need to know the lens mount that the M50 uses.

The Canon EOS M50 uses the Canon EF-M lens mount just like the rest of the ‘Canon EOS M’ series of cameras.

Because the Canon EOS M50 lens mount is the EF-M mount you can use EF-M lenses on it without using any adapters.

Lenses That Work Without an Adapter On the Canon EOS M50

The lenses that work by default (without needing any adapters) with the Canon EOS M50 are any lenses that use the EF-M lens mount. 

So basically any Canon lens with EF-M in the lens name will work with the M50 and M50 Mark II without any problems. 

Below are some examples of lenses that fall under this category of EF-M lenses:

A lot of people have already built up a collection of quality Canon EF/EF-S lenses.

In this case, you might not want to buy extra EF-M lenses and instead want to use your EF/EF-S lenses.

Remember that the Canon M50 and the M50 Mark II are crop sensor cameras so you have to apply a crop factor of 1.6x to any lens you use to find the full-frame equivalent focal length.

EF/EF-S Lenses that Work With an Adapter on the Canon EOS M50

There are plenty of Canon EF/EF-S lenses that people will want to use with the Canon M50. 

For example the ‘Nifty fifty’ EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is one of the best value beginner lenses you can get.

Luckily you can use one of the adapters mentioned in this article to use your EF 50MM f/1.8 STM lens on your Canon EOS M50. 

With the correct adapter, you can use any Canon EF/EF-S lens on a Canon EOS M50. 

Below are some examples of lenses that you can use with the Canon EOS M50 when using one of the lens adapters mentioned in this post.

How To Use EF/EF-S Lenses on Canon EOS M50 

As mentioned above you will need an adapter to use the M50 with EF/EF-S lenses.

Which Lens Adapter Do I Need to Use the EOS M50 With EF/EF-S Lenses?

First things first, don’t be confused with all the different lens adapters out there.

The lens adapter for the M50 will need to be an EF to EOS M adapter. With this lens adapter any Canon EF or EF-S lens can be adapted to be used on an EOS M camera. 

You can go for the Canon-branded adapter or you can go for third-party brands.

Any of the EF lens adapters below should be fine for the Canon M50 and M50 Mark II:

Our Top Pick

Canon EF-EOS M Adapter

You can use this adapter Canon EF-EOS M adapter to use Canon EF or EF-S lenses on your Canon EOS M50.

How to Use the EF to EOS M Adapter With Canon EOS M50

To use the adapter you simply mount the adapter to your Canon EOS M50 and then mount the lens to the adapter.

The smaller side of the adapter will mount onto the camera and the larger side will be where the lens is attached.

Remember to take the adapter off if you want to use an EF-M lens on your EOS M50 as EF-M lenses will not fit onto this adapter.

Video Guide

Here’s a video showing you how to use a Commlite adapter on the Canon M50 with a Canon ‘nifty fifty’ EF 50mm lens as well as a Sigma lens.

Related post: Now you should know how to use EF and EF-S lenses on your Canon M50 but if you want to find out more about this topic check out the post below.