Canon’s New Dual-Fisheye EOS R Lens For Making 3D VR Media
Canon has revealed what’s easily the strangest glass yet for its EOS R mirrorless camera system: a dual 5.2mm f/2.8 fisheye. The fisheye lenses are 60mm apart and are intended for creating 3D VR images and video content; Canon calls out the Oculus Quest 2 as a possible hardware destination and says this is “the world’s first digital interchangeable lens that can capture stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery to a single image sensor.”
The new camera lens can be used to shoot up to 8K footage on the EOS R5, which seems to be the only camera it’ll work with. Canon is launching a 1.5.0 firmware update for the R5 as well as a Premiere Pro plug-in and a standalone file conversion app called EOS VR Utility. Canon is calling this combination the EOS VR System and will be making the software available on a subscription basis.
The lens will cost you around $1,999, while the EOS R5 sells for $3,899. That’s a costly combination, but not too much more than some dedicated VR cameras like the Insta360 Pro 2, and Canon’s answer should be a lot more varied. The lens and software will be released in December 2021. Check out the camera in action below: