Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye lens designed to make stereoscopic content shooting easier for VR

Canon introduced the first virtual reality (VR) solution using RF mount. This is an EOS VR system that includes one lens - Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye. It is said to streamline the filming and post-processing of stereoscopic 180 ° VR content, and the EOS VR system helps create an immersive experience by placing the viewer at the very center of the action. The company recalls that VR technologies are increasingly being used in areas such as education, travel, sports, live streaming, and documentary filmmaking.

A key feature of the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye, the world's first interchangeable lens that Canon says allows 180 ° VR content with a single image sensor, is two forward-facing lenses with a 190 ° field of view. They both project images onto a single image sensor. As a result, perfect synchronization of images is achieved already at the shooting stage. The base or distance between the optical axes of the two lenses is 60 mm, which achieves a natural transfer of volume. The lens is manually focused. He has no control ring.

In addition to the lens, the system includes two more components: the EOS VR Utility virtual reality application and the EOS VR plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro. Their goal is to simplify the post-processing of 180 ° VR content.

Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens Specifications:

  • focal length - 5.2 mm
  • angle of view - 190 °
  • optical design - 12 elements in 10 groups, including 2 UD elements (in each lens)
  • aperture - f / 2.8 – f / 16
  • the number of aperture blades - 7 (in each lens)
  • minimum focusing distance - 0.2 cm
  • the maximum magnification is 0.03x
  • width - 121.1 mm
  • height - 83.6 mm
  • length - 53.5 mm
  • weight - 350 g

The kit includes a cover, case, and a hex wrench for separately adjusting the focus of the left and right lenses. The manufacturer does not name the price and start date of sales.

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