Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens Review

Canon Rf 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye

Here is a new Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens review.

At a glance:

  • 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

Coming from immerVR, the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L review below covers a lot of information about the lens.

We review the brand new Canon RF 5.2mm f2.8 L Dual VR180 lens on the Canon EOS R5. We compare it to other virtual reality cameras and show images shot through the HMD Meta Quest 2 (formerly: Oculus Quest 2) to show the perceived difference in image quality. Furthermore, we tease our upcoming VR app suited for watching VR180 and VR360 images.

You can order the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye at $1,999: B&H Photo and Adorama. World-wide orders:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L hands-on videos can be found here. More about the lens after the break.

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The RF 5.2mm dual fisheye on a Canon EOS R5
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An Example Of 180° VR Footage Captured With The Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L DUAL FISHEYE

Canon Rf 5.2mm F/2.8L Dual Fisheye

Here is a showcase of what you can produce with the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens. Even if you don’t have a VR headset you can benefit from the video below.

At a glance:

  • 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

Experience the video through using a VR headset (for a fully immersive and stereoscopic experience), a mobile device or a computer. Don’t miss the small control wheel on top left. By using it you can move around in the video and change perspective (see image below).

The control wheel

An inspirational story captured by VR Director, Mary Matheson and Director of Photography, Richard Stegmann, and posted by Canon Europe. Enjoy.

You can order the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye at $1,999: B&H Photo and Adorama. World-wide orders:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L hands-on videos can be found here. More about the lens after the break.

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The RF 5.2mm dual fisheye on a Canon EOS R5
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Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens Available For Preorder ($1999)

Canon Rf 5.2mm F/2.8L

In case you are looking to produce some fancy VR videos, here is the lens for you: the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye.

At a glance:

  • 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

You can preorder the Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye at $1,999: B&H Photo and Adorama. World-wide preorders:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L hands-on videos can be found here.

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The Rumored RF 5.2mm Lens Seems To Be A Dual Fisheye VR Lens

A few days ago we got a rumor suggesting Canon might be set to release a RF 5.2mm f/2.8 lens. Today we know a bit more.

As Nokishita added to their original rumor, the RF 5.2mm f/2.8 lens might indeed be a dual fisheye lens for VR (virtual reality) applications:

The product category of canon’s RF 5.2mm f/2.8 L Dual Fisheye seems to be a VR lens.

There is more. Months ago a Canon patent application was spotted that seems to be related to the rumored RF 5.2mm lens. The patent application P2021-51282A (Japan) discusses optical formulas for a stereo lens for a full frame mirrorless camera. From the patent literature:

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a small lens device that can obtain a natural stereoscopic effect by setting an appropriate length of a base line.

SOLUTION: A lens device (200) includes: a first optical system (201R); a second optical system (201L) arranged in parallel to the first optical system; and a lens mount unit (202) attachable to a camera body, the first and second optical systems each having a first optical axis (OA1), a second optical axis (OA2), and a third optical axis (OA3) in order from an object side to an image side. A distance (L1) between the first and second optical systems is larger than a dimeter (φD) of the lens mount unit, and a distance (L2) between the third axes of the first and second optical systems is smaller than the dimeter (φD) of the lens mount unit.

A RF 5.2mm f/2.8 lens for the EOS R full frame mirrorless system. Interesting times ahead.

Canon Working On An RF 8-15mm f/4 Fish-eye Zoom Lens, Patent Suggests

Fish-eye

A new Canon patent application suggests the company might have an interesting lens for the EOS R ecosystem up their sleeve.

Hi Lows Note spotted Canon patent application 2020-166234A (Japan), where optical formulas for an RF 8-15mm f/4 fish-eye lens are discussed. The lens seems to be pretty much the mirrorless counterpart to the EF 8-15mm f/4 fish-eye.

  • Zoom ratio: 1.85
  • Focal length: 8.10 12.51 15.01 mm
  • F number: 4.10 4.10 4.10
  • Half angle of view: 90.14 90.45 90.39
  • Image height: 11.50 18.00 21.60 mm
  • Lens length: 123.74 111.21 109.67 mm
  • Back focus: 11.78 20.27 24.66 mm

We think it’s very likely this lens will hit the market, sooner or later. Btw, it’s not the first patent for a fish-eye lens for EOS R.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon Patent For RF 8mm f/4 Circular Fisheye Lens For EOS R System

Circular Fisheye

So many Canon patents for RF mount lenses. Here is another one, and it’s for a circular fisheye lens.

Canon patent application 2020-56995 (Japan) discusses the optical formula for an RF 8mm f/1.4 circular fisheye lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless camera system.

  • Focal length: 8.10 mm
  • F number: 4.00
  • Half angle of view: 90.84
  • Image height: 11.50 mm
  • Lens length: 66.13 mm
  • Back focus: 13.21 mm

This might be a patent that gets into production sooner or later. More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these: