Product Highlights
  • Dual Fisheye VR Lens
  • f/2.8 - f/16 Aperture Range (1/3 stops, 1/2 stops)
  • Full-Frame Format
  • 12/10 Elements/Groups (Each Lens)
  • 2x UD Glass Elements Special Elements (Each Lens)
  • 7 Aperture Blades
  • Dust & Water Resistant
  • Rear Gelatin Filter Holder
  • 190° 00' Angle of View (Diagonal)
  • Manual Focus
  • Canon RF Mount

Estimated Release Date: Dec 12, 2021

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Overview

RF5.2mm f/2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens
It’s time to create VR through a new lens

The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens brings VR to Canon EOS
Opening a world of possibilities for digital storytellers

It’s the world’s first digital interchangeable lens that shoots stereoscopic 3D 180° VR to a single image sensor*, outputting a single image file for a convenient VR workflow. This L-Series RF mount lens is compact, lightweight, and portable, shooting stereoscopic 3D* with a 60mm interpupillary distance and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 to a deep depth of field f/16. An exciting new entry to the realm of 180° VR production, the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens brings VR in reach.

Key Features:

  • Add a whole new dimension to your story
  • The world's first digital interchangeable lens capable of enabling stereoscopic 3D 180° VR shooting to a single imaging sensor
  • VR with Ease
  • Canon's EOS VR System
  • 190° field of view and an interpupillary distance of 60mm
  • High image quality dual fisheye L-Series RF mount lens
  • Convenient VR workflow
  • Impressive flare control in backlit conditions from use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC)
  • Large aperture of f/2.8 to a deep depth of field of f/16
  • Compact, lightweight and portable
  • Dust- and water-resistant sealing with fluorine coating
With this lens paired with an EOS R5 camera, creatives, industry professionals and newcomers to VR can create an immersive experience, capturing dynamic scenes for entertainment, tourism, training & education, real estate, storytelling or anywhere you want to bring your audience to.
 

As part of the EOS VR System – this lens paired with the EOS R5 updated with firmware 1.5.0 or higher and one of Canon's VR software solutions - you can create immersive 3D that can be experienced when viewed on compatible head mount displays including the Oculus Quest 2 and more.* Viewers will be able to take in the scene with a vivid, wide field of view by simply moving their head. This is the world's first digital interchangeable lens that can capture stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery to a single image sensor.*^ Now, creators can go from traditional stills or video shooting to stereoscopic 3D capture with a simple lens swap. The pairing of this lens and the EOS R5 camera brings high resolution video recording at up to 8K DCI 30p and 4K DCI 60p. With a beautifully engineered folded optical design, the dual high-performance L-series fisheye lenses combine imagery onto a single image sensor delivering impressive results to a single file. This can help simplify your workflow by eliminating the need to sync and stitch multiple video files. An integral part of the EOS VR System, Canon's EOS VR Utility software can easily convert footage to your choice of editing software. For Adobe® Premiere Pro® users, the EOS VR Plug-in software can help streamline your editing process. Both paid subscription-based software solutions (currently in development with availability and details to follow on or about early 2022) allow for convenient post-production.

Add a whole new dimension to your story

The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens gives you the ability to create an immersive 3D experience. When imagery captured with this lens 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 world's first digital interchangeable lens capable of enabling stereoscopic 3D 180° VR shooting to a single imaging sensor

The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens is Canon's optical solution to the many challenges that have troubled VR image makers for years. This lens features a beautifully engineered and optimized folded optical design, with separate Left and Right optical systems - helping you capture stereoscopic 3D imagery with a 190° field of view to a single full-frame image sensor.

VR with Ease

Pairing just this one lens to an EOS R5 camera provides the capability of delivering a single file - creating a powerful and convenient solution compared to traditional VR systems which capture a 3D scene with two separate fisheye lenses, recording that imagery to two separate cameras or image sensors, which write two files. This can save the user 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 Virtual Reality System

Canon's EOS VR System is comprised of this lens plus an EOS R5 camera with updated firmware (version 1.5.0 or later) optimized for stereoscopic 3D 180° VR shooting and a paid subscription-based software (Canon’s EOS VR Utility or EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro – both 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.

Camera Firmware

To help improve the user experience with the uniqueness of shooting with the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye 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 the creator 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 then also use MF Peaking while magnified (a first for Canon EOS cameras) and additionally can swap between the Left and Right lenses with a simple tap of the [INFO] button while magnified. This is incredibly useful when manually focusing the lens.

The pairing of this lens and an EOS R5 camera allows for recordings at up to 8K DCI 30p equivalent resolution with 10-bit colour depth when Canon Log or Canon Log 3 is enabled, creating realistic imagery with tremendous detail and colour reproduction.

Canon Camera Connect and EOS Utility

For shooting remotely, the ability to monitor with features such as the “Magic Window” overlay, Left/Right lens viewing swap, and fisheye to equirectangular preview will be available in a future update of the Canon Camera Connect app or when using EOS Utility software, making it easy to remotely view and record content.

EOS VR Utility and EOS VR Plug-in

Canon’s subscription-based software solutions are an integral part of Canon’s EOS VR System – EOS VR Utility, a standalone software application, or the EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro (both currently in development with availability and details to follow on or about early 2022). 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.

190° field of view and an interpupillary distance of 60mm

This lens is designed specifically to deliver outstanding stereoscopic 3D imagery. Featuring dual 5.2mm fisheye lenses positioned with 60mm of spacing between Left and Right Lens centers, it provides an interpupillary distance closely resembling human vision with a natural parallax for a powerful, immersive experience that brings the viewer to feel they are within the scene where the video or stills image takes place. With an impressive 190° optical field of view, this provides the viewer the ability to change their viewing angle within the recorded scene, allowing them to look around with use of a compatible head mount display.

High image quality dual fisheye L-Series RF mount lens


RF L-Series lens

Taking full advantage of the large diameter, short back focus distance of the mirrorless Canon RF mount, the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens has two identical, L-series fisheye lenses. In addition to all the strong stereoscopic 3D 180° VR benefits, this lens also features the high image quality you’ve come to expect from Canon's RF L-series lenses.

L-Series Lens Elements

The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens features 12 elements in 10 groups, highlighted by two UD (Ultra-low Dispersion glass) elements and prisms in both the Left and Right lenses giving impressive colour, clarity, and minimal chromatic aberration to the image.

Dual-synchronized Electro-magnetic Diaphragm (EMD)

Each of the Left and Right fisheye lenses have their own optical system, including separate — but coordinated — aperture mechanisms which seamlessly and simultaneously control the exposure of both lenses so setting your aperture is the same process as with any other RF lenses.

Manual Focusing

Coordinated manual focusing of both lenses allows you to focus each lens using the manual focus ring. If needed, the ability to adjust a Left-Right focus difference adjustment dial to refine focus of the right lens separately from the left lens is possible by using the included hexagon wrench.

Convenient VR workflow

Simplify your workflow by eliminating the need to sync and stitch multiple video files. Canon’s EOS VR Utility software can easily convert footage from dual fisheye to an equirectangular file that can be exported in various file formats and resolutions. For Adobe users, the EOS VR Plug-in allows for equirectangular conversion to be done within the Adobe Premiere Pro application. Now, conversion, editing, and colour grading can be done without leaving the Adobe ecosystem. Both paid subscription-based Canon software solutions (currently in development with availability and details to follow on or about early 2022) allow for convenient post-production.

Impressive flare control in backlit conditions
From use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC)

Canon’s 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 colour balance in the scene.

Large aperture of f/2.8 to a deep depth of field of f/16

The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens is designed with dual optical systems with coordinated electronically controlled apertures. These provide a highly adaptable aperture range – allowing 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 Ultra-wide 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 – even when shooting in tight spaces – and easy to carry in a camera bag. The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens weighs under a pound and is just slightly over 2 inches in depth from mount to the end of the front elements – creating an incredibly compact and lightweight solution.

Dust- and water-resistant sealing with fluorine coating

Built to L-series lens specifications, the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens features a highly durable RF mount design. With dust- and water-resistant sealing, you can be confident shooting almost anytime and anywhere, even in challenging weather conditions. In addition, fluorine coating is used on the front to help prevent water, oil, and other surface residue like fingerprints from sticking to the lens, which facilitates quick and easy wiping, without the use of solvents.

What's Included

RF5.2mm f2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens
Lens Case LS1014
Lens Cap 5.2
Lens Dust Cap RF
Hexagon Wrench

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Product Specifications

RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye

Lens

 
Focal Length 5.2mm
Max / Min Aperture f/2.8 – f/16 (1/3 stops, 1/2 stops)
Interpupillary Distance / Baseline Length (Distance between Left and Right Lens Centers) 60mm
Min. Focusing Distance 0.66 ft. (7.9 in.) / 0.2 m
Max. Magnification 0.03x
Angle of View (Diagonal) 190° 00'
Lens Construction (each lens) 12 elements in 10 groups
Special Elements (each lens) Two UD glass elements
Lens Coating Canon SSC (Super Spectra Coating)
Canon SWC (Sub-wavelength Structure Coating)
Fluorine Coating on front surface of front element
Filter Size Diameter Not Supported (Rear Gelatin Filter Holder support only)
Rear Mounted Gelatin Filter Holder Supported – Built-in
Aperture Blades (Each lens) 7
Lens Switches None
Dust/Water Resistance Provided (rubber ring on lens mount)
Focusing System Manual focusing
Left/right focus difference adjustment User-adjustable, via adjustment dial (using included 1.5mm hexagonal wrench)
Dual Pixel CMOS AF     Not Supported — Manual focus only
Focus Guide Supported – Alternate at image center of either selected lens UI by INFO button with cameras equipped with compatible firmware.
Manual Focus Peaking Supported with compatible cameras.
Full-time Manual Focusing Not Supported
Control Ring Not Supported
IS Mode Selection     Not Supported
Optical Image Stabilization Not Supported
Stabilization with in-body IS (EOS R5, R6)     Not Supported
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.1 in. (121.1 x 83.6 x 53.5mm)
Weight Approx. 12.4 oz. (350g)

Accessories

 
Lens Hood Not Supported
Lens Cap Dedicated Canon Lens Cap 5.2 (Center pinch type; bundled)
Dust Cap Canon Lens Dust Cap RF
Lens Case Canon Lens Case LS1014 (bundled)
RF Tele Extenders Not Compatible
EF Extension Tubes Not Compatible
Close-Up Lenses Not Compatible
Canon Gelatin Filter Holder IV Not compatible; Built-in gelatin filter holder at rear of lens
Left/right focus difference adjustment Hexagonal Wrench Bundled –1.5mm hexagon wrench

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