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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!

    Canon 5D MK II HD Video

    Posted in Review with tags , , , on October 1, 2008 by Jim
    Laforet video shot with Canon 5D MK II

    Laforet video shot with Canon 5D MK II

    Canon recently announced their update to the aging 5D, the new 5D MK II.   Normally I wouldn’t get too excited except Canon added a new feature (likely inspired by Nikon’s latest release) and added HD video capability to this 21 Megapixel camera.  Since I have a background in filmmaking as well as still photography, I find this addition quite interesting.  However, just adding video capability isn’t a big deal, if the video is an after thought with low quality, jerky footage.

    But, that isn’t the case – Canon added 1080P HD 30 fps capability!  What makes this so exciting is the fact you achieve the same (or similiar) look and depth of field as the ‘big guys’ do with their 35mm motion picture cameras!  Will the actual video live up to the hype?

    Take a look at the following website – http://www.vincentlaforet.com/ and see what you think.  I was amazed at the quality of the video shot with this pre-production camera.  Vincent Laforet is a New York based photographer (and one of Canon’s “Explorers of Light”) who managed to get his hands on this camera for a weekend and put together some sample video that is simply incredible.

    I read somewhere that National Geographic want their photographers to be versed in video as well as still photography and now one camera can do it all.

    I think I want one!