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.