Canon Introduces Their First Dual Fisheye Lens for Stereoscopic 3D 180° VR Capture in 8K

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MELVILLE, NY, October 6, 2021 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced its first product designed to empower the next generation of immersive storytellers. The new RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens brings stereoscopic 3D virtual reality (VR) capture* to the EOS R5 camera as part of the EOS VR System, which also includes a future firmware update for the EOS R5 camera to support use of this lens with new VR shooting specific functions, as well as new upcoming Canon EOS VR software solutions for conversion and processing. As the world’s first digital interchangeable dual fisheye lens capable of shooting stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery to a single image sensor** the complexities of virtual reality production and the ability to view the content in full capacity are greatly streamlined for seasoned professionals and newcomers to the craft. In...

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exkeks

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Will this lens work only with the R5 or will only some features(?) be available for the R5, while general usage is possible with all R camera bodies?

I'm aware that using it with the RP or the R6 do not make much sense because resolution. But with the original R there would be left a more than 3K resolution per eye.
 

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Under $2k? Can't wait to see how this is used. So interesting!

***We, on the forum, pretty much "screwed the pooch" on the price prediction for this lens.***
 
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chris_overseas

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Looking at 3:48 in that video, it seems that some of the image is lost due to each lens being visible in the image of its neighbour. Presumably that can be dealt with in post by cropping, but I wonder what the true resolution ends up being in the VR headset. It's surely not 8k.
 

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Canon delivers!

Amazing! Much more compact than I expected. I really like the ability to adjust the distance between the lenses, and to have an aperture of F2.8 available in such an optic is fabulous. If this is remotely affordable I can see it becoming a huge seller.

As an L lens, I’d expect very high sharpness, but I have some reservations about flare, which is apparent in the video, and means that the lens is probably best used when the front elements can be shielded from direct sunlight.

Gimmee, gimmee gimmee!
 
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In the Canon USA video they sure mentioned "paid subscription service" a lot. And only provided 3rd party support for, you guessed it: a paid subscription service, from Adobe.
 

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Under $2k!?! cheaper than 2x 8-15mm fisheye
Compact and dedicated SW!?!
Would appear to be a sure winner for those in the niche area and cheap enough for newbies to play with it - at least for initial rental.
love that the tripod needs a lateral post extension. I wonder how long it needs to be to avoid tripod legs in frame
 
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David - Sydney

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Canon delivers!

Amazing! Much more compact than I expected. I really like the ability to adjust the distance between the lenses, and to have an aperture of F2.8 available in such an optic is fabulous. If this is remotely affordable I can see it becoming a huge seller.

As an L lens, I’d expect very high sharpness, but I have some reservations about flare, which is apparent in the video, and means that the lens is probably best used when the front elements can be shielded from direct sunlight.

Gimmee, gimmee gimmee!
No lens hood for this one :)
Hard to avoid the sun in frame as well.
I imagine that most of the adult content will be indoor though
 
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Etienne

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This is what innovation looks like!
Looking forward to seeing real world results, but this lens alone could justify choosing the Canon system over the competitors.
The creative possibilities seem very enticing.
 
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DBounce

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Interesting for sure. I was thinking this was going to be some gimmick, but apparently it’s a high quality lens sporting the L branding. It looks intriguing, but I’m not the target market for this product. It would get used for the sake of getting used, then just gather dust on a shelf.
 
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DBounce

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This is what innovation looks like!
Looking forward to seeing real world results, but this lens alone could justify choosing the Canon system over the competitors.
The creative possibilities seem very enticing.
Yes great porn lens.
 
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bbasiaga

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Looking at 3:48 in that video, it seems that some of the image is lost due to each lens being visible in the image of its neighbour. Presumably that can be dealt with in post by cropping, but I wonder what the true resolution ends up being in the VR headset. It's surely not 8k.
Remember that 8k is only about 30mp....so there is room on that sensor for overlapping 8k fields from each lens.

Brian
 

Etienne

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Remember that 8k is only about 30mp....so there is room on that sensor for overlapping 8k fields from each lens.

Brian
The video shows two distinct image circles, and each circle fills less than half of the sensor. Once stitched together, converted to rectilinear and cropped I suspect you'll be probably able to export a 4K image, which is still great.
 
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john1970

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Interesting lens and a fair price for its capability. Glad to see that Canon is innovating beyond the typical lenses. It is an interesting lens just not a lens that I am interested in. I see the software will be a subscription model similar to Adobe.