Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye Review

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This review by ImmerVR takes a look at Canon’s innovative Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye lens.
The general features of the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual VR lens are;

RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
Captures Stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery
Two Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
Super-Spectra & Sub-Wavelength Coatings
Fluorine Coating
Weather-Sealed Construction
7-Blade Diaphragm


From the review, the overall consensus is positive as they give it a 5-star rating. They are hoping that Canon creates a consumer version of this lens so more people can experience and record VR content.
Pros;

High Resolution
You can use the camera for other purposes
Easy setup, no synchronization required.

Cons;

Price
Manual Focus
Not full 180 degrees
Subscription cost to export videos more than 2 minutes

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Fascinating Lens. I'm sure its the way of the future but I'll be left behind. I've no interest in a Matrix style future but I expect alot of people will be happy to live within a metaverse. I'm sure people will eventually have a chip in their head rather than a head set. It will be interesting if a lens like this will be used purposely for art or some good but its more likely to drive one industry into a new era.
 
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I m wondering what it Canons take on this issue
I don't think Canon think it is an issue, you can convert unlimited short clips, less than two minutes, for free. A monthly subscription for the dedicated Canon utility or the Premiere plugin is $5 a month. Subscription fees seem to be the norm in the VR universe especially hosting.

Other users have already found ways around the subscription utilities by renaming the video files.
 
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I don't think Canon think it is an issue, you can convert unlimited short clips, less than two minutes, for free. A monthly subscription for the dedicated Canon utility or the Premiere plugin is $5 a month. Subscription fees seem to be the norm in the VR universe especially hosting.

Other users have already found ways around the subscription utilities by renaming the video files.
People experienced in VR seem to know ways to circumvent the monthly fee.
I was surprised to see Canon engineers telling people how to circumvent it at the Adorams Q & A for the R5 C.
I think Canon wants people to want to use their software without being compelled to do so.
 
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I'm a bit confused (what else is new?)...

What exactly are you needing to pay a monthly fee for? You throw on the lens, it records video onto a removable memory card....

Is the fee for software to meld the 2x circular images into one VR image? If so, is Canon the only one out there than can take 2 images off and meld them together?

Again, please forgive if this is a stupid question, but I just don't understand why there would be a monthly fee...as that I don't see what would keep you from pulling images off the memory card...and I"d assume that by now with all the VR work being done, that there would be a number of ways and apps that would put the 2x images together for you.

Thanks in advance,
cayenne
 
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I'm a bit confused (what else is new?)...

What exactly are you needing to pay a monthly fee for? You throw on the lens, it records video onto a removable memory card....

Is the fee for software to meld the 2x circular images into one VR image? If so, is Canon the only one out there than can take 2 images off and meld them together?

Again, please forgive if this is a stupid question, but I just don't understand why there would be a monthly fee...as that I don't see what would keep you from pulling images off the memory card...and I"d assume that by now with all the VR work being done, that there would be a number of ways and apps that would put the 2x images together for you.

Thanks in advance,
cayenne
The monthly fee is for Canon VR software that you do not need to buy but might want to.
 
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