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Oct 20, 2011 11:01 |  #1

THIS MAY HURT YOUR CAMERA. IF IT BREAKS YOU GET TO KEEP BOTH PIECES!

Actually the risk of that happening is really small... If you feel like something is wrong with your camera, turn it off and remove the battery.

Magic Lantern 0.2.1 Unified

... for Canon 550D, 60D, 600D, 50D and more

Magic Lantern is a custom firmware add-on for Canon dSLR cameras. It is not a hack, or a modified firmware, but it runs alongside Canon's own firmware, booting from the card every time you turn the camera on. The only modification to the original firmware is the ability to boot software from the card.

Magic Lantern is being developed by both photo and video enthusiasts; its features include manual audio, zebras, focus assist tools, bracketing, motion detection and much more.

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Oct 20, 2011 11:04 |  #2

The risks are relatively small since all you're doing is a software hack which essentially says 'hey, if this memory card is in my card reader, load the magic lantern firmware instead of the canon firmware'. If you have a problem, you turn off the camera, remove the memory card, and turn the camera back on and it should boot back into the regular firmware.

In the research I've done, I've never encountered anyone having permanent problems with their cameras as a result of using Magic Lantern firmware..


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Oct 20, 2011 11:05 |  #3

From what I've heard and read, no camera has died running that firmware. If things get weird, you can always revert to your previous firmware.


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Oct 20, 2011 11:08 |  #4

EOSBoy wrote in post #13279311 (external link)
From what I've heard and read, no camera has died running that firmware. If things get weird, you can always revert to your previous firmware.

I'm glad to hear this. The cause of my concern is my friend Fricks (yes, I actually know him IRL) saying that it could possibly brick my camera and that I shouldn't risk it. Of course he is a 7D user and that doesn't even have ML so what does he know xD


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Oct 20, 2011 11:08 |  #5

I want to install Magic Lantern on my 50D, but read that there is a chance of bricking my camera (which I dont want to happen), but at the same time alot of people have been saying its safe and what not. I will give this a go later on today, as Ive seen what it can do for my camera and Im really curious to try it out.


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Oct 20, 2011 11:10 |  #6

Tony_Stark wrote in post #13279326 (external link)
I want to install Magic Lantern on my 50D, but read that there is a chance of bricking my camera (which I dont want to happen), but at the same time alot of people have been saying its safe and what not. I will give this a go later on today, as Ive seen what it can do for my camera and Im really curious to try it out.

From what I have seen on the ML wiki, ML just came out for the 50D so it is probably quite buggy. I may be wrong on this though as this is the result of 5 minutes of research on the 50D :P


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Oct 20, 2011 11:52 as a reply to  @ ryansworld10's post |  #7

Ya by the time ML is released to the public it has already been tested on 100s of cameras....

that is the claim on their wiki....

not so sure what advantages it holds for still....but it is an absolute must for video SLR stuff...

When i start messing with video im going to install it.


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Oct 20, 2011 11:53 |  #8

I had it on my t2i with no problems. I installed and uninstalled numerous times with nothing out of the ordinary. You should be fine. It is a worthwhile upgrade to the stock firmware.




  
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Oct 20, 2011 12:12 |  #9

SaxonIV wrote in post #13279601 (external link)
I had it on my t2i with no problems. I installed and uninstalled numerous times with nothing out of the ordinary. You should be fine. It is a worthwhile upgrade to the stock firmware.

Good to hear, I will install it and post back with my results.


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Oct 20, 2011 12:17 as a reply to  @ ryansworld10's post |  #10

I installed it on my 50D a few days ago. I've had a few glitches (it is an alpha release) but even pulling the battery while recording video (it wouldn't stop recording on one occasion) didn't result in a black door stop or paper weight. Popping the CF door (with the camera on and running ML) and replacing the card with one sans ML, the camera gracefully reverted to the Canon firmware when the door closed.




  
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Oct 20, 2011 12:18 |  #11

install it carefully, all should be working fine :)

ive been using it for 6months now w/o problems.




  
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Oct 20, 2011 13:09 |  #12

I also intalled it some time ago, the added functionality is great particularly for a hobbyist if you like to have fun.




  
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Oct 20, 2011 13:15 |  #13

The firmware runs off the memory card and is never hard installed to the internal RAM memory of the camera.


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Oct 20, 2011 13:28 |  #14

Kento wrote in post #13279977 (external link)
The firmware runs off the memory card and is never hard installed to the internal RAM memory of the camera.

But it does make a change to the camera (bios?) I have actually done it not just repeating what I've heard just so it's clear.




  
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Oct 20, 2011 18:45 |  #15

Ok I installed it quite effortlessly, and everything seems to be working fine!


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