RF 5.2mm f/2.8L

Canon’s Dual Fisheye Virtual Reality Lens, the RF 5.2mm f/2.8L

Canon has launched a single-lens EOS R camera i.e. RF 5.2mm f / 2.8L Dual Fisheye lens, which looks as strange as it sounds:
Also check the lens again, this time installed on the Canon EOS R5:

So what’s this strange new lens? What is its purpose?

Canon RF 5.2mm f / 2.8L is designed for virtual reality recording; “It is the world’s first dynamic digital double lens that can shoot stereoscopic 3D 180 ° VR images into a single image sensor.” In other words, twin fisheye lenses provide two frames that cover a large viewing field as a whole; when processed, this image turns into a single, 180-degree image, with the right tool

Canon has worked hard, providing a product with an outstanding form – for filmmakers who travel or who prefer to reduce the size of the kit – as well as weather resistance, a very good f / 2.8 input, and most importantly, a built-in filter system. within Canon. The latter allows you to use neutral density filters (ND) when recording, which is important for sensitive video photographers.

Unfortunately, the processing of two fish images is not done with standard editing software. Canon develops a number of programs that can handle VR images: the Premiere Pro plugin, and VR Utility.

So who should think about buying this new lens? Good question, and no easy answer. Canon’s decision to roll out a dedicated VR lens raises a growing interest in creating VR content. But the day when most videos watched with VR technology seems far away, at least where I sit.
That being said, if VR recording sounds interesting, you should at least check out this new lens.

Are you interested in this new lens? Share your thoughts in the comments below!