It was very gratifying to see that the MagicLantern folks have announced their first ‘alpha' version of their firmware hack for the Canon HDSLRs has been released for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III! Now I can sell my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with the knowledge I'll be able to magicLantern it soon.
It is important to note that the alpha is only being released to ‘supporters' – so if you want to try it out, you'll need to donate (which you should anyway!).
Magic Lantern alpha version for 5D Mark III
We are very happy to announce the first public test version for the 5D mark III. Since a complete port may take some time and we realize that a lot of people are waiting for it, we have decided to release early a minimal version that should be useful and – we hope – with very little risk.
This first alpha version is based on v2.3 core and only has a small feature set, like zebras and focus peaking (see screenshot). It will not attempt to change any Canon settings or do any kind of permanent firmware modification. This also means the autoboot feature does not work yet – you will have to load Magic Lantern every time by running Firmware Update from Canon menu.
Since the 5D mark III has two card slots, we recommend running Magic Lantern from a small SD card that stays in the camera. All recording can take place on CF cards. The CF cards don’t have to be bootable or prepared in any way, and you can freely swap and format them without problems.
Our goal is to have a rock solid and feature-complete port of Magic Lantern for 5D Mark III in the upcoming version 2.4. We are starting today with a minimal feature set, and once you, the testers, convince us that it’s very stable, we can gradually add more features. The 5D mark III version will remain in alpha status until all important features can be fully ported.
These alpha versions are available to our supporters and contributors. It’s not too late to become one of them
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Magic Lantern Screenshot
Now that's significant… wouldn't you say?
(cover photo credit: snap from the site)