For most video shooters, The Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III were ambassadors from the world of photography, into the world of cinematography; But it’s impossible to talk about their role in the lives of up and coming cinematographers without mentioning Magic Lantern.
Magic Lantern turns Canon DSLR bodies into filmmaking tools that, for a long time, were unmatched at their price point. Focus Peaking, False Colors and Histograms are elements of higher end cinema cameras that were otherwise unavailable to shooters, but they help you really laser focus your efforts on location. For all of the bad rap that Canon tried to throw onto Magic Lantern, so many people out there wouldn’t even consider using Canon bodies without the Magic Lantern system loaded.
Clearly, for anybody who’s invested in the Canon DSLR system and wants to continue using it for video, Magic Lantern is a very important part of the equation. Honestly, it was only a matter of time until they (“they” being a coalition of dedicated programmers) hacked the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that we’re already getting the first signs that Magic Lantern will possibly find its way onto the 5D Mark IV. The first step, nailing the display tests down, has been achieved recently, and some evidence was posted to a Magic Lantern message board.
So the question now, is how long will we have to wait until we get Magic Lantern — or rather, how long will you wait before installing it on your 5D Mark IV?
A small part of my brain has me thinking that full-frame 4k recording is possible with Magic Lantern installed. And then the other part of my brain tells me, “that’ll just set your camera on fire.”
planetMitch note: Caution is best until we see more progress. This is just a basic start and there’s a LOT of work to be done getting anything/everything working on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Who knows, they may never get past the first step. But at least the step has been made. Our many many thanks to the team working on Magic Lantern!
Via Magic Lantern Forum:
Second picture is my attempt to understand what happened and reproduce the error in QEMU.
After the fix:
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(cover photo credit: snap from Magic Lantern forum)