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The Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR is a lightweight Canon RF lens that works with the Canon R5 and is the first digital interchangeable lens that can capture stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery to a single image sensor. Key features include:
3D 180° VR capture
Compatible with EOS R5 (v1.5.0 or later)
Stereoscopic 3D imagery
Compact, dust- and water-resistant design
3D 180° VR Capture. Designed for use with the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital Camera, this lens gives you the ability to create an immersive 3D experience. 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. With stereoscopic 3D 180° VR, your audience can see life-like depth and can move their head to look around the viewing environment. The lens features a beautifully engineered and optimized folded optical design, with separate left and right optical systems. This enables you to capture stereoscopic 3D imagery with a 180° field of view to a single full-frame image sensor.
VR with Ease. Pairing this one lens to an EOS R5 camera provides you with the ability to deliver a single file. This lets you create a powerful and convenient solution compared to traditional VR systems that capture a 3D scene with two separate fisheye lenses, recorded to two separate cameras, which write two separate files. This saves you time and effort behind the camera and in post-production by helping to solve issues such as multi-camera positioning, multi-lens syncing, image stitching, audio syncing, encoding, and more.
EOS R5 Camera with Updated Firmware. To help improve the user experience when shooting with the RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR lens, special features have been added to the firmware to optimize VR shooting. This firmware provides metadata information for the software to convert the image from fisheye to equirectangular. One of the features enabled with the use of this lens is a Magic Window on-screen overlay, accessed by tapping the INFO button that assists in framing the central resting position, which shows an approximate field of view in the composition. The user can magnify at 6x and 15x magnification and also use MF Peaking while magnified. Additionally, you can swap between the left and right lenses with a simple tap of the INFO button while magnified, which is incredibly useful when manually focusing the lens.
Canon’s EOS VR System. Canon’s EOS VR System is comprised of this lens plus an EOS R5 camera with updated firmware and subscription-based software, either Canon’s EOS VR Utility or EOS VR plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, both of which are currently in development. Availability and details to follow on or about early 2022. This powerful and convenient combination provides much desired flexibility and efficiency, helping save you precious time accessing your content so you can prepare it and share it more quickly. With either solution, conversion of fisheye to equirectangular imagery is possible, as well as processing and exporting at various resolutions and formats to help you capture, convert, and process high-quality VR images and movies.
Stereoscopic 3D Imagery. Featuring dual 5.2mm fisheye lenses positioned with 60mm of spacing between left and right lens centers, this lens provides an interpupillary distance closely resembling human vision. This provides for a powerful and immersive experience that brings the viewer to feel as if they are within the scene where the video or stills image takes place. Also, this lets the viewer change their viewing angle within a recorded scene so they can look around with the use of a compatible head mount display.
Dual-Synchronized Electro-Magnetic Diaphragm. Each of the left and right fisheye lenses have their own optical system, including separate but coordinated aperture mechanisms. Together they seamlessly and simultaneously control the exposure of both lenses, so setting your aperture is the same process as with any other RF lenses.
L-Series Lens Elements. Engineered with 12 elements in 10 groups and highlighted by two ultra-low dispersion glass elements and prisms in both the left and right lenses, this lens delivers impressive color and clarity with minimal chromatic aberration.
Subwavelength Structure Coating (SSC). SWC technology decreases ghosting and reflections that may occur when shooting in more challenging lighting conditions such as during strong backlight, providing versatility and more uniform color balance in the scene.
Manual Focusing. Coordinated manual focusing of both lenses allows you to focus each lens using the manual focus ring. Additionally, a left-right focus adjustment dial lets you refine focus of the right lens separately from the left lens by using the included hexagon wrench.
Large Aperture. Providing a highly adaptable aperture range, the RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye 3D VR lens allows you to go from a bright f/2.8 aperture in low light shooting, to a deep depth of field of f/16 for more control of your exposure in brighter environments. Additionally, a gelatin filter holder is located at the rear of the lens allowing optional gel filters to be used similarly to previous ultrawide-angle Canon lens offerings.
Compact, Lightweight, and Portable. Thanks to the RF mount and the folded optical design, the size and weight of this lens makes it easy to use in tight spaces and easy to carry in a camera bag. The lens weighs under 1 lb and is just slightly over 2" in depth from the rear mount to the front side of the lens, creating a compact, portable, and lightweight solution.
Dust- and Water-Resistant Sealing with Fluorine Coating. Built to L-series lens specifications, the lens features a highly durable RF mount design. With dust- and water-resistant sealing, you can confidently shoot in challenging weather conditions. Fluorine coating is used on the front element to help prevent water, oil, and other surface residue like fingerprints from sticking to the lens, and this also facilitates quick and easy wiping without the use of solvents.
Currently, yes. Canon has rolled out a firmware update version 1.5.0 allowing this lens to work exclusively with the R5.
Canon VR Software is currently under production, and not available at the time of writing this.
You’ll also need a Canon R5 running firmware version 1.5.0 or later. If you rent one from us, it’ll be updated for you.
Canon is developing new software for this lens, but it is still in development. Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide this software with your rental.
No. Since this is an entirely different physical mount, RF-mount lenses won’t mount to EF-mount cameras.
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