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Magic Lantern v2.3 released – no longer a ‘hack’

by planetMitch7 Comments

Looks like the guys behind Magic Lantern have really stepped it up lately – this demo video and new release look really solid. I’ll be trying it out over the next few days and will give you a report. They’re saying this version is very stable and that many are using it every day for production applications.

We can safely say it’s no longer a hack, but it’s strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust.

Note… if you want to download it now, they’ve asked you to support their efforts (and you should!) with a donation. If you use ML at all in the past, I would recommend supporting them with a little donation as it will help them move further on newer cameras! The 2.3 version will not require a donation after August 13th.

They’ve supplied me with the latest download and I’m already very impressed with the new pdf manual – I’m excited to dive in further!

Remember tho that not every Canon HDSLR is supported – these are the cameras it does work on: 5Dmk2 2.1.2, 50D 1.0.9, 60D 1.1.1, 500D 1.1.1, 550D 1.0.9, 600D 1.0.2

Magic Lantern v2.3 promo

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Magic Lantern v2.3 features

Magic Lantern v2.3 represents an important milestone – professionals from all around the world are already trusting it for their paid work. We can safely say it’s no longer a hack, but it’s strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust.

We have worked a lot on bug-fixing and usability improvements and we sincerely hope you will find it a great companion for all your shooting sessions – from hobbyist to professional.

  • Fast zebras
  • Customizable menu and shortcut keys
  • Automatic HDR bracketing
  • A powerful timelapse tool
  • Advanced FPS control
  • Advanced ISO control
  • Contrast and saturation adjustments for LiveView
  • Image analysis tools in photo mode
  • Very fast playback zoom
  • A great support community

Read all the details over on the Magic Lantern site!

What do you think?

Are you willing to give it a try?

Are there enough features that Canon doesn’t supply that ML does provide to get you to use it?

(cover photo credit: snap from the ML site)


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Movie mode remap was great. One of most hassle removing features. Should be bring back. Those who had problems just don't need to use it, rest dosn't have to suffer.

Phil Hoyt
Phil Hoyt

I have been using it successfully for about 2 years now. Every update has been leaps and bounds from previous installs. Such an amazing tool.

Adam McKay
Adam McKay

I too miss the movie remap feature. It's a long way from M to Movie mode on the 60D. Other than that, it is a beauty.


The new release is awesome! I played around with it a bit last night and I'm very impressed with all of the new features and stability. One feature I'm excited about it the Bulb/Focus Ramping for timelapses!

Tony the bread guy
Tony the bread guy

Supported & tried the new release yesterday evening, It's indeed a much more stable and snappy experience. Only bummer I thought is that the movie remap mode is now removed from the most recent because of serious issues. Which means I now have to rotate the main dial all the way between Av (my favorite picture taking session) and movie mode. But other than that, this ML tool is great, just great.


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