Canon Announces New RF-S 3.9mm f/3.5 STM Dual Fisheye Lens for APS-C VR Creation

Canon Announces New RF-S 3.9mm f/3.5 STM Dual Fisheye Lens for APS-C VR Creation

Meanwhile, in VR news, today, Canon announced a new addition to its lens lineup, the new RF-S 3.9mm f/3.5 STM Dual Fisheye lens.

While they may make your camera look like something out of a science fiction film, these dual-lens systems facilitate more efficient production of VR video. This technology allows for a more immersive experience for the viewer, either on a traditional screen where they are able to move around within a frame or, even better, within a VR headset. The footage is then brought into Canon’s own software or third-party software, which blends the footage into a full virtual reality world. The idea is to create a world that viewers will be able to enter as opposed to just one they have to watch from a prescribed distance.

This is an APS-C stereoscopic VR lens with the ability to see a 144-degree wide-angle view to bring virtual reality production to the company’s EOS R7 body. This VR lens is designed with content creators in mind and promises additional handling options for run-and-gun shooters, vloggers, or gimbal shooters to be more mobile in their VR creation.

The lens offers:

  • One-shot AF and left/right focus adjustment
  • A first of its kind for non-L Series lenses: Air Sphere Coating to minimize ghosting
  • Rear filter holder that accommodates both 30.5mm screw-on filters as well as sheet (gelatin, polyester, etc.) filters

The Canon RF-S 3.9mm f/3.5 STM Dual Fisheye will hit shelves in June 2024 at a cost of $1,099.

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Seriously cool, would love to try this out

Canon are late making this. they should have done it when VR was growing in popularity. Now it's old and shrinking. It is a niche product which is ok.