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Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR Lens Announced

October 7th, 2021 Jump to Comment Section
Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR Lens Announced

Canon has just announced a new lens for Canon RF cameras, and especially the Canon EOS R5: the Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR. As its name suggests, this unique lens allows you to shoot stereoscopic 3D virtual reality (VR) content. Along with the lens, a firmware update for the EOS R5 and plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro will be released to make shooting VR content a breeze!

Canon has been on fire lately! Indeed, it’s been less than a month since the release of the Canon EOS R3 with impressive specifications and the new Canon RF 16mm F/2.8 STM, and RF 100-400mm F/5.6-8 IS USM lenses.

Canon is already back with a new one-of-its-kind lens: the Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR.

Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR features

Let’s start by saying that the Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR is a lens specifically designed for the Canon EOS R5.

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Indeed, this lens will “print” two fisheye images on the same sensor, so you’ll need the extra resolution (8K video recording, for example) of the EOS R5 to get the best out of this stereoscopic lens.

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The RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR has an overall 190° field of view, that once combined in post-production, gives you a 180° VR result.

According to Canon:

The Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR lens is engineered with an interpupillary distance of 60mm for delivery of 3D imagery in VR with natural parallax closely resembling human vision when viewed through a compatible headset.

When captured imagery is viewed on compatible head mount displays such as the Oculus Quest 2 and more, a viewer can feel like they are a part of the story that you create.

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Each of the left and right fisheye lenses has its own optical system, including separate but coordinated aperture mechanisms. Together they seamlessly and simultaneously control the exposure of both lenses.

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Lens design

The lens design of the Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR consists of 12 elements in 10 groups, including two ultra-low dispersion glass elements and prisms to nearly suppress chromatic aberration. Also, glass elements received a Subwavelength Structure Coating (SSC) to decrease ghosting and reflections.

The front elements feature a fluorine coating to avoid dust/water from sticking to the front elements. Along with that, the lens is dust and water-resistant.

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This lens is a manual focus lens, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.2m/7.87″. In addition, the focus of both the left and right lenses is adjusted simultaneously. There is a left/right difference adjustment dial in case you need it.

The design of the RF 5.2mm F/2.8L makes it close to impossible to attach front filters. However, you’ll find a built-in gelatin filter holder at the rear of the lens.

EOS VR Utility and plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro

To go with the RF 5.2mm F/2.8L, Canon will also release two new tools: the EOS VR Utility and EOS VR plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro.

The EOS VR Utility will convert your pictures/footage from dual fisheye images to an equirectangular image and allow you to change the resolution/file format before export.

The EOS VR plug-in for Adobe Premiere will convert your footage and edits to a “regular” equirectangular image so you can edit your pictures like you’re used to.

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Price and availability

The Canon RF 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR should be available in late December 2021 for $1.999.

The EOS VR Utility and EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro should also be available simultaneously, but you’ll need to pay an undisclosed monthly/yearly fee. A free trial to process still images and some video clips for free inside the EOS VR Utility.

For more information, please visit Canon’s website here.

What do you think about this new Canon VR lens and ecosystem? Did you already shoot VR content? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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