New Magic Lantern firmware release for the Canon Rebel T2i/550D

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A new Magic Lantern firmware release for the Canon Rebel T2i/550D has been released enabling features that aren't available with the standard Canon firmware. Be warned tho that Magic Lantern (tho we've not heard of any reports of this happening) in rare circumstances could damage your camera or void your warranty (we have to say that to cover our backsides). As we said, we've not heard any reports of anything bad happening to anyone's camera – tho we should also warn you that the firmware may crash which could cause you to lose a recording.


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After lots of testing and bug fixing, we believe the new Magic Lantern for 550D firmware 1.0.9 is stable enough to release it to the general public.

You can find it on the main 550D wiki page

Features:

  • * GUI menus: press the ERASE button to display them
  • * Bit rate control (QScale parameter) for the H.264 encoder
  • * Zebra stripes for overexposed / underexposed areas
  • * Spotmeter, histogram
  • * Cropmarks (16:9, Cinemascope, Fisheye)
  • * Simple intervalometer
  • * Trap Focus: camera takes a picture when something comes in focus
  • * Wireless trigger with the LCD face sensor & your own hand
  • * AE bracketing (like on 5D2 ML)
  • * Rack focus
  • * Stack focus (Live View only)
  • * Lens data computation
  • * Onscreen audio meters
  • * Manual audio gain, selectable input source, disable AGC and
  • digital filters
  • * Display time remaining during video recording
  • * Debug functions (display CMOS temperature, screenshot, logging)

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We also have a new Windows tool for making the cards bootable (EOSCard), and new install & user guides. Even with all the testing this version has received, nobody can guarantee it is bug-free. There is still a small risk in using this software, and we want to fix all the bugs and improve it. Please read the installation instructions carefully!

New developments will continue. Maybe coming soon: customizable ISO, auto QScale, fluent zebras, better UI, scripting… suggestions welcome.

Many thanks to all the Magic Lantern developers, contributors and users who made possible this release!

Source: We first saw the reports of this being available many days ago on the planet5D forum

(Photo credit: snap from the Magic Lantern site)

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Comments

  1. This is really interesting/amazing for T2i owners. My one major concern is what could happen to my camera? As much as I want to download this, I’m nervous. Has anyone else downloaded this yet?

    1. Author

      While I don’t have a Canon Rebel T2i/550D, I have talked to many people who have used ML on the 5D2 and while I’m not aware of anyone totally bricking their 5D2 such that it would never work again or had to go to Canon for repair, I can’t tell you with 100% guarantee that it won’t happen. I also wouldn’t suggest using this on a production shoot as I know it is known to crash every now and then.

      1. I guess to play it safe I’ll wait. Hopefully Canon will release a firmware update that would mimic what ML is doing. I’m just nervous about adding third-party software onto my baby. We’ll see though. Give it some time and I bet some quirks will be worked out.

        1. Author

          I doubt that waiting is ever going to remove the warning that it could damage your camera… that’s just the warning that has to be issued because of the nature of messing with the firmware.

  2. I’m glad ML came out already for t2i. I hope they will release a t1i version too. I only have t1i. :(

  3. This is really interesting/amazing for T2i owners. My one major concern is what could happen to my camera? As much as I want to download this, I’m nervous. Has anyone else downloaded this yet?

  4. Can you please tell me if it’s not recording in the .H264 codec, what codec is it recording? and what kind of SD card will I need to be recording on to as the fastest SD cards I have are 30mb/sec?

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