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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


If you shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II or 60D and want to unlock new functionality for your camera, Magic Lantern's latest v2.3 is now available as a free download.
"Magic Lantern v2.3 represents an important milestone - professionals from all around the world are already trusting it for their paid work. We can safely say it's no longer a hack, but it's strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust". New or improved features:
  • Fast zebras
  • Customizable menu and shortcut keys
  • Automatic HDR bracketing
  • A powerful timelapse tool
  • Advanced FPS control
  • Advanced ISO control
  • Contrast and saturation adjustments for LiveView
  • Image analysis tools in photo mode
  • Very fast playback zoom
Magic Lantern 2.3 works on: 5D Mark II, 50D, 60D and many other Canon DSLRs.

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Aug 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Awesome news, I was waiting for the new version for a while now. Time to upgrade my 60D


Aug 13, 2012 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Looking the HDR over. To make sure I have it strait. When it states that it will automatically take the number of pictures needed to cover the whole range needed; that doesn't mean it will automatically auto arrange and produce the final picture on the camera right? We still need to post process the pictures with software such as Photomatix Pro right?
Ken



Aug 13, 2012 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


I would think not, it only does the bracketing from what I had read about the planned updates.

Even if it did produce the final HDR, I would much rather do it myself.



Aug 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Thanks for the reply. I tinkered with the T4i and the 5DIII has it also, I thought the ones they produced turned out nice for on the fly. I'm absolutely sure that post processing would turn out better in the end though.
Ken



Aug 13, 2012 at 09:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Will give this a try now!

looking forward to the improved bracketing.



Aug 13, 2012 at 09:35 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


I use that on the 50D, thanks.


Aug 14, 2012 at 05:42 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Did anyone try it? Post some feedback.


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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Will update later today and test it out.


Aug 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


I used it on my old 5D II and liked it. Some oddball quirks as you would expect from non commercial software but easy enough to install and remove. Didn't use much other than playing with it. Some cool features like intervolmeter, the ability to force a shot based on a loud noise like a clap or action in front of the lens.

I just installed in on one CF card then I could remove and replace it with a non ML card to go back to basic Canon firmware. You can also start the camera with it disabled by holding down the set button when turning the camera power on.



Aug 15, 2012 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


What sort of quirks?


Aug 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


vsg28 wrote:
What sort of quirks?


Just things like display overlays for histogram sometimes sticking as you go between screens. Nothing that broke functionality in any way.



Aug 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Ok, no biggie then


Aug 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Installed it without any issues, first impressions are good. I tried out the auto-bracketing for HDR which works very nicely indeed. I will fool around a little more before giving my full review.


Aug 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Magic Lantern v2.3 released as a free download


Loaded it and have not had any hang ups or issues. Just learning the features that it has and some are actually pretty nice, others I will probably never use. It is easy to remove or turn off. I myself like the focus features used when in video mode like magic zoom and focus peak. Focus peak is very accurate! Otherwise it will take some getting used to a normal set up using it. I did find the historgram easier to see/read that comes with the canon software in livemode, more so than the ML. Probably because it's larger and easier to see. I'm getting older and that close up stuff is a tad blurry.
Ken



Aug 16, 2012 at 04:08 AM





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