raccase wrote in post #17938241
...I very often need to operate my camera very quickly, and worry that it might take a while for me to get accustomed to new software. However, the additional functionality that ML offers seems to be very appealing.
There's little to justify that concern, IMO. Yes, it might take you some learning. However, ML is easy to turn off or uninstall. So, if you ignore ML you're as fast as you ever were. If you're having difficulties learning its, um, not-quite-commercial-grade controls turn it off or uninstall, and you're no worse off.
Speed Performance - Does it take a while to boot up? Do any of the builds randomly freeze up? And if so, does turning off the camera and back on fix it?
Bugs - Ubuntu Linux is my primary OS, so I know quite a bit about Bugs and bug reports, but for ML, I curious as to whether there have been any cases where bugs in the ML firmware have ruined cameras...I know this usually is from a stupid mistake on the user's part, but you never know...
Finally, has anyone ever had a serious issue with ML that ruined a camera, and if so, what happened afterward? Did Canon agree to fix it, did you fix it yourself, etc.
Please don't just tell me to try the firmware: I've learned from other fields (i.e. computers) that it is much smarter to get other users' opinions and advice on software before using it, otherwise I might botch something up and ruin a perfectly good piece of hardware. Thanks.
*No noticeable increase in boot up time.
*Can't say about any of the builds, but it's never frozen on a shoot for me (see below).
*AFAIK, only a couple developer's cameras have been ruined, but, here I'm going by the same internet reports that you can access, and I've not looked lately. Do your own research.
*AFAIK if you load non-canon firmware on your camera, Canon will not honor the warranty if breakage is attributable to the firmware.
My feeling about ML is that when I want something that it, only, does, it's well worth it. Let's see, Zebras, intervalometer, more HDR bracketing options, audio controls, a BIG "recording" indicator, WFM, focus peaking... lots of little things that help a lot. Those are the functions that are top of my list.
If it freezes, which has only happened to me at home once or twice over the years, when I was fooling around, popping out the battery does the trick.
My personal history is that I ran it on a 60D and was *very* pleased. When I upgraded to 70D, I found that the audio headphone out wasn't present in this version - that's a big deal to me, but, the developers can only do what they can do. I continue to run it on the 70D, but am looking forward to Canon's headphone solution on the 80D.
There are some shooters who are crazy for Raw video. I've seen beautiful examples, but haven't experimented with it.
To sum up, it really depends on how valuable specific features are to you. And, do realize that not all of them work on every camera.
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