I finally made the time to sit down with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and put Magic Lantern v2.3 (read the announcement of the new version) on it – and man was I shocked at how complete and seemingly stable this release is!
You have to get Magic Lantern – at least give it a try – after all it is free!
My biggest reaction was that I'm now disappointed that Canon hasn't put more of these kinds of features in the latest round of cameras. If the Magic Lantern team can do it, why can't Canon?
Canon – you're about to be trampled by the competition (did you see the announcement about the camera running Android?).
This video is just over 30 minutes long – I got carried away with showing many of the features. Oh, and to get it uploaded, I had to upload in 540 resolution. Sorry about that too. Hope you enjoy it none the less.
planet5D magic lantern v2.3 review
Magic Lantern v2.3 features
This thing has some incredible features (this is just a partial list!):
- Change source
- Wind filter
- Mic power settings
- Switch off Auto Gain Control (AGC)
- Headphone monitoring (requires cable)
- Audio Meters on screen
- White balance
- Shutter speed
- picture style
- Exposure override
- On screen overlay:
- Zebras (over exposure)
- Focus Peaking (also known as focus assist)
- Magic Zoom
- Cropmarks (see the right screen ratio while recording!)
- False Color
- Histogram in video with live updating
- Waveform in video with live updating
- Vector scope live
- Movie mode:
- Change video bit rate – constant or variable bit rate
- Movie Logging (get text file with clip settings)
- Movie auto restart at 12 minute end (does include 2-3 second delay tho)
- Recording/not recording notification (large red slash when not recording)
- HDR Video! (records alternating frames at 100ISO and 1250ISO )
- Photography (stills – remember them?):
- HDR Bracketing
- Intervalometer! (Canon – still don't know why you can't build this in!)
- Bulb/Focus ramping on timelapse (attempts to adjust for change in daylight at sunset for example)
- Take a photo on these situations: LCD face detection / Loud sound (clap for example) / Motion detection
- Shutter count function!
- Sensor temperature detection
- battery level %
- Full Magic Lantern manual is in-camera – and accessible for each screen option
- MORE! There's so much in here it is impossible to cover it all
Here's how to get all the episodes:
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Don't forget! You can get this as an audio only file: daily planet5D audio #37
What has been your experience?
Have you used Magic Lantern version 2.3? What did you think? Was it stable?
Sound off in the comments!
(cover photo credit: snap from the podcast)