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Jan 23, 2014 08:46 |  #1

What is it? I have read some people have it installed on their camera, but that it can also void warranty?? Does anyone here have any experience using Magic Lantern?




  
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Jan 23, 2014 09:26 |  #2

Magic lanten is awesome. Basically a layer on top of the existing firmware for your camera that adds tons of useful features. theoretically it may void your warranty; but i've never heard of it causing someones warranty service to be rejected or of non-alpha versions ever doing permanent damage to a camera. It does slightly affect battery life though. I waited till the ML team, 'cracked' the 6d loader before I purchased one. (I like it that much)


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Jan 23, 2014 09:38 |  #3

Here's the link to their website, if you don't have it already.
http://www.magiclanter​n.fm/ (external link)

I have it on one SD card for my T3i. I've started using it again for time-lapse work, and I like what it can do. The intervalometer is very useful, and HDR is easily done with ML. There are so many features, it'll take me awhile to try them all.

It can sometimes lock up your camera, but no real damage has occured, just shut down, pull out the SD card and start over. I'd recommend trying it, get familiar with it's features, and extend the features, and creativity, of most any camera.


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Jan 23, 2014 09:51 |  #4

They have a crack for the 6D? Going to check it out, how do you like it?


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Jan 23, 2014 09:58 |  #5

If you do any software modification with any devices, it can void your warranty so they put that on there as well. It's just to cover themselves so if someone did say ML ruined their camera and Canon charges them $x amount, ML can say "it does say it voids your warranty" if you installed the software and the user will be liable for the repairs.

But in reality, ML hasn't bricked any cameras as far as I know.


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Jan 23, 2014 10:17 |  #6

I want to install it on my 5DII very soon just for the HDR functionality. would love to hear from others that have used it for the HDR functionality and what it has benefited them from?


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Jan 23, 2014 10:21 |  #7

I used it from near day1 on my t3i/600d; updating whenever a new version came out; and never had a problem. Focus zebras, peaking; and expanded bracketing modes were the killer feature for me; all of which it did better on my 600d than my 6D does natively.

There is a developer alpha for the 6D; but I haven't loaded it yet (I will one of these days; 6D has much better bracketing than the t3i had stock so i've been able to hold off a bit. Still greatly miss zebras)


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Jan 23, 2014 10:38 |  #8

Discussion thread here:

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1106080


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Jan 23, 2014 16:53 |  #9

I love it on my 6d. I mainly use it for the built in time lapse intervalometer.


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Jan 23, 2014 19:25 |  #10

I love it on my 7D. I use it for HDR by auto-bracketing at one stop intervals. It takes as many shots as it needs with one press of the shutter. In M mode it even goes past 30 seconds automatically! This alone is worth it.

I also use the RAW histogram with ETTR hint. It is based on the RAW rather than the JPG (LCD image which can be affected by picture styles). This alone is worth it. It shows which channels are clipped and by how may stops. When under exposed it tells you how many stops you can go before clipping. All this in a histogram so much smaller than the Canon histogram that it is never in the way. Canon's RGB histogram takes half the LCD. I could never tell how close the highlights were to the right side of Canon's histogram without a piece of tape there as a guide.

It also has auto mirror lockup when the self timer is active. And that's just what I use. There is a ton of other stuff, like video, that I have no interest in but others love it! Give it a try.

The only issue has been battery drainage overnight when powered off. It is still in apha after all. Others have reported it to ML but all ML says is pull out the batteries. So that is what I do. The Jan. 4 version for 7D didn't seem to drain when off for a couple hours but I still pull the batteries, at least until further testing.


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Jan 23, 2014 19:29 |  #11

C Scott IV wrote in post #16631137 (external link)
I love it on my 7D. I use it for HDR by auto-bracketing at one stop intervals. It takes as many shots as it needs with one press of the shutter. In M mode it even goes past 30 seconds automatically! This alone is worth it.

This right here is why I am installing it asap on my 5DII :cool:


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Jan 24, 2014 17:43 |  #12

I had it on one of my cards. But I got annoyed at the battery drained problem. But it is a very useful program!


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Jan 24, 2014 17:52 |  #13

I'm waiting for a stable built for the 5D3, but definitely intrigued. Just don't care much for fiddling with stuff and so far it seems (from what I read) that it's still fiddly with that camera.


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Jan 24, 2014 18:07 |  #14

I run it on my 50D and it's beautiful I personally love it for the 1080p RAW video function. Though I've also found it useful for trying timelapses and other such things. it's extremely easy to install and there is basically no way to mess it up if you follow their directions.


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Jan 24, 2014 18:14 |  #15

phantelope wrote in post #16634032 (external link)
I'm waiting for a stable built for the 5D3, but definitely intrigued. Just don't care much for fiddling with stuff and so far it seems (from what I read) that it's still fiddly with that camera.

More like you can't use ML with the latest 5d3 firmware. Once that is sorted I'll be all over it again.




  
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