Canon’s new INSANE camera lens features two side-by-side fisheye lenses for recording 8K AR and VR footage
“A powerful 3D lens for an already powerful 2D camera. “
I bet you’re just as baffled as I’m looking at Canon’s new RF5.2mm F2.8 L dual fisheye lens. It almost looks anthropomorphic, with the way both eyes are looking at you, but actually what’s really wonderful is where Canon seems to be going with its cameras. DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are already some of the most powerful shooters on the market, and rather than ditching that whole ecosystem of cameras to move on to new types of cameras – like drones and cameras AR / VR, Canon just adopted a good innovation instead, with a state-of-the-art lens compatible with their existing EOS camera line. The lens, when paired with the company’s firmware update 1.5.0, allows the modest but capable 2D camera to shoot SBS 3D content. Pair the lens with the EOS R5 mirrorless camera and suddenly you can record high-resolution video recording up to 8K DCI 30p and 4K DCI 60p.
The strange yet magnificent lens opens up an absolutely new dimension to photography. Simply place it on top of the EOS R5, and the lenses use a complex internal optical arrangement to record SBS content on a single full-frame image sensor. When paired with the right firmware, video content is automatically divided, synchronized, stitched and transformed into 3D VR videos which can be directly exported using Canon’s own software.
Both lenses offer a 190 ° field of view and are spaced an exact 60mm apart to resemble the pupillary distance in humans, which makes VR content believable and also has the right amount of parallax. The focus of both lenses is controlled by a single ring, although minor adjustments to the focus of individual lenses can be made using adjustment dials hidden on the left and right sides of the body of the goal.
It’s wonderful what the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens does not just for Canon, but for photography in general. It shouldn’t be long before other companies like Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm begin to introduce lenses that allow you to record two channels of video content using a single sensor. Arguably, the sensor should be large enough to accommodate both channels and to make sure your videos are high enough resolution, but what Canon has launched on the camera and the VR world is just the start. That being said, this lens was designed for a special subset of users (with deep pockets) and doesn’t come cheap. The VR dual fisheye lens has a hefty price tag of US $ 1,999 and is expected to go on sale in December of this year. That rules out the fact that you also need a $ 3,899.00 EOS R5 camera to match.