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Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye VR lens

Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye VR lens

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The Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens aims to simplify 180° VR content creation and is Canon's first stereoscopic VR lens for full frame RF mount cameras for high resolution virtual reality 3D content.


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  • First high resolution 180° VR content stereoscopic lens for full frame EOS R mirrorless system
  • Create immersive 3D content with an efficient and simple workflow using the EOS VR system
  • Eliminates lens alignment and synchronisation issues by capturing one dual side-by-side fisheye image
  • Shoot remotely using Canon’s EOS utility then convert and make basic edits with the EOS VR Utility
  • High quality results from a bright aperture twin lens set-up with special SWC coatings to reduce ghosting and flare
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Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens Summary

The rapid growth in the VR market has spurred Canon to release their first stereoscopic VR lens for full frame RF mount cameras in the form of this Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens. The clever design incorporates two lenses, which capture one single image simultaneously. This reduces several potential issues with 180º VR content creation, including lens synchronisation and image alignment.

The lens offers a simple and efficient way for VR content creators and professional production companies to produce high resolution virtual reality (3D) 180° VR content with greater levels of realism and immersion, thanks to Canon’s EOS VR Utility software and EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Key Features

  • Dual lens design for simple 180° VR capture
  • Efficient and simple workflow with EOS VR Utility plugin
  • High quality image capture for full frame mirrorless cameras
  • Bright f/2.8 aperture
  • L-series build quality with weather resistance
  • Gel filter holder

Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens in More Detail

Dual fisheye lens

The RF 5.2mm f/2.8L captures a perfectly aligned stereoscopic image onto a single full frame sensor.

Bright f/2.8 aperture

Exceptional performance in low light

L-series quality

Designed and built with legendary performance across any demanding situations

190° field-of-view

An ultra wide angle creates a more immersive experience

High quality lens design

UD elements and SWC coatings deliver professional image quality for sharp, high contrast images, with reduced ghosting and flare.

Rear gel filter holder

Gain full control and increased flexibility when shooting in bright conditions with a gel filter holder

Natural stereoscopic viewing

The 60mm baseline length provides a natural viewing experience

Dual EMD units

Even exposure between the two left and right images are afforded with synchronisation of the aperture

Canon’s new EOS VR Utility

The new EOS VR Utility aims to significantly reduce the workload and streamline VR 3D production times. Conversion of stereoscopic footage and stills images for editing and playback, will become a much more efficient process.

Equirectangular conversion

In order to properly experience 180° VR footage or still image through a VR headset, the order of the left and right eye images must be switched and an equirectangular conversion of the two circular fisheye images must be performed. This equirectangular conversion requires the use of Canon’s EOS VR Utility and effectively ‘de-squeezes’ the two circular fisheye images into two side-by-side ‘square’ images (a standard format for 180° VR image files), ready for viewing on a VR headset or editing in a compatible software application or NLE system. A checkbox in the EOS VR Utility allows users to toggle between the converted and non-converted views.


The utility allows for basic editing, review and playback the movie file, while marking the desired in and out points for export.

Multiple export options

Movie files can be exported into various resolutions and professional codecs, including DPX and ProRes files, ready for editing and grading in a compatible NLE application such as Adobe Premiere Pro. Still images are exported as JPEGs.

Premiere Pro

Adobe’s Premiere Pro is the industry leading application for creating rich, immersive VR content. Canon’s EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro allows you to automatically perform the equirectangular conversion while seamlessly importing your Canon VR files in one simple step. The converted files can then be simply added to your timeline and edited and graded in the usual way, ready for final export and distribution.


All users can enjoy a free trial period and perform conversions of still images and videos shorter than two minutes. However, when exporting videos of two minutes or longer with EOS VR Utility, or importing with EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, a paid for subscription is required. By subscribing to the EOS VR Utility and EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro subscription service, you can unlock the more advanced and professional features of the applications, such as:

  • Conversion of movie clips longer than two minutes
  • High-quality DPX/Pro Res movie exports

What's in the box

  • RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE
  • Lens Cap 5.2
  • Soft lens case LS1014
  • Lens Dust Cap RF
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Our Verdict

To cater for the rapid growth in VR technology Canon has launched its first stereoscopic VR lens for full frame RF mount cameras with this RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens. The EOS R system is perfect for VR projects with high resolution full frame cameras like the EOS R5 available, remote shooting using Canon’s EOS utility and a new EOS VR Utility to make basic edits to twin lens files. The beauty of having two lenses captured onto one image is that it removes any potential issues from image alignment or lens synchronisation issues. Precisely the same moment is recorded in 180° resulting in one single file.
As we would expect the lenses themselves are typically high quality with L-series build, bright f/2.8 apertures and result in sharp, high contrast images, with reduced ghosting and flare thanks to Canon’s UD elements and SWC coatings. 2 x UD elements are also included in the formula with 12 elements. Despite what this twin lens can capture it is extremely compact and weighs just 350g so you can use it in all sorts of VR recording situations without a cumbersome lens in tow. If you are involved in creating VR content and have, or have your eye on the EOS R system this could well be the deciding factor.

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Our used products are subject to wear and tear in comparison to brand new products. This also applies to accessories that are supplied with the camera including batteries which may have a lower optimum performance level/life expectancy.

  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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This product has been thoroughly tested by our team of photographers and we are happy to give a 6 month warranty as a result. The number of tests depends on the individual product but we are confident in this product having tested all the major functions. Anything that isn’t as you would expect, we then make a note of and show this in the condition notes on the page.

So you can be confident you are buying a great piece of kit that’s been looked after by a fellow photographer and seen many extraordinary sights, tested by our team of photographers and now looking forward to being set free to capture more great images!

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