Archive for June, 2009

Magic Lantern adds 5D MK II Enhancements

Posted in 1, Photography General with tags , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by Jim

A few weeks ago, Canon released a firmware update for the 5D Mark II, 1.1.0, which added the ability for photographers to capture video with manual control over exposure and ISO settings. Now, a hacker, Trammell Hudson, has released a beta update to the firmware which allows the photographer even more control over the video settings!

Full release notes:

  • Only works with Canon firmware version 1.1.0
  • Only the external mic input is supported
  • Canon firmware will restart if LiveView mode is exited or powersave
  • HDMI, USB and composite video output are disabled
  • Zebras can not be disabled, threshold is not configurable, color can not be changed
  • Canon’s onscreen menus will not function correctly (configure everything before booting the Magic Lantern firmware)
  • Picture Style button will bring up an event viewer
  • Digital zoom works
  • Button remapping is currently disabled
  • ALC is disabled
  • Digital gain is fixed at +12 dB
  • Analog gain is set to +10 dB
  • Windcut (highpass filter) is disabled
  • Lowpass filter is enabled with default params
  • EQ params are at the default settings
  • Magic Lantern warns that this is a beta and if it should turn your camera into a brick, you are welcome to keep both pieces! With that caveat – the firmware hack can be downloaded at: HERE!

    Strobist Boot Camp II

    Posted in Photography General with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2009 by Jim

    Strobist Boot Camp II - Head Shot

    A friend and I decided to participate in the latest Strobist Boot Camp II exercises by David Hobby, (Strobist Blogspot) and for my head shot, I wanted to see if I could use an MR-14EX macro ring flash as an on-camera fill. This image is the result of my test.

    The posted head shot here (courtesy of my friend, Fred!) is the result. I had a Canon 580Ex off to the subject’s right with a Honl grid, set on slave and triggered by the MR-14ex on the camera. The MR-14ex was set on manual and since the two strobes are already on banks A and B, I set the 580Ex on bank C. I manually set A and B to 1/64 power and the C bank (580EX) to 1/16 power so it would act as the key.

    The result: I believe the MR-14EX can act as an on-camera fill for short distances, perhaps up to 8 – 10 feet. The biggest disadvantage is that one is limited to the Canon macro lenses that support the MR-14EX! In this case, I used the 100mm macro, which is a great lens and the length is good for portraiture.

    I shot this with a Canon 5D MK II set on manual mode – 1/50 sec and f/6.3. I am pleased enough to continue experimenting with this setup!!