The world leader in imaging technologies, Canon, is gearing up to launch a dual fisheye lens that works with the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera to create immersive 8K VR video. Reportedly, it will be the first digital lens to enable stereoscopic 3D 180-degree video capture to a single image sensor.
“This new RF lens produces a stunning 8K virtual reality image and sets itself apart through its simplified workflow,” stated Canon USA’s Tatsuro “Tony” Kano. “Our goal is to make immersive storytelling more accessible for all.”
The RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens packs L-series optics situated 60 mm from each other to create natural-looking 3D imagery to be viewed using a compatible VR headset, most likely to be the Oculus Quest 2.
Furthermore, the setup also enables simultaneous left and right recording to the R5’s 45-MP full-frame sensor, which can then be exported as a single image file at up to 8K DCI 30p or 4K DCI 60p. A yet-to-be-released subscription-based EOS VR Utility software will enable the creators to edit the footage and customize the resolution and file format ahead of export. The subscription will also include a plugin for the Adobe Premiere Pro.
The VR lens can be operated similarly to any other RF-mount glass, with an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/16, owing to electronically controlled apertures. Moreover, creators can capture the action up close with a magnification of 0.3x. The lens has a built-in ND filter holder, is sealed to safeguard it from dust and water, and has been coated to control flare for shooting flexibility.
The dual fisheye VR lens is expected to go on sale in late December for US$1,999.
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