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Q: I have read that magic lantern firmware makes the camera better in movie recording. That depends on what you mean by 'better.' It does add several tools and options that Canon did not include in their firmware by default which are very nice to have for video recording. A partial list of which includes: zebra stripes, onscreen audio meters, cropmark ...


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The chances of bricking your camera are extremely low (but not zero). I think something not everybody understands is the Magic Lantern does not install into your camera but to the SD card. My understanding is that the only change that is done to your camera is to enable the "bootdisk" flag, which is a very minor change. This flag tells the camera if it ...


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I would say noise. As you increase the ISO you get more noise, and noisy images do not compress as well as clean ones. Noise increases the amount of information in the image, so that results in each frame being larger and taking up more bandwidth.


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Q1: How to deploy ML to other cards: A1: Just install it on each card as you did with the first. Q2: How to preserve configuration A2: In the FAQ of the Magic Lantern site (http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ) you can look up the following question: "How do I save the gain/zebra/etc configuration?" There it states that you can generate a ...


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I haven't bricked my 550 by putting Magic Lantern on it... but the plural of "anecdote" is not "data", so I'm not quite sure what you're hoping to get out of this. The biggest risk is probably that if you need to send your camera in to Canon for repair for any reason, they might refuse to service it because you ran Magic Lantern on it.


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If you've installed ML correctly, the trash button activates the Magic Lantern menus. If you go into the Shoot menu, you'll find the Intervalometer settings. The Func button then lets you modify the intervalometer settings. That will let you take stills at set intervals, which you can then combine into a timelapse video in post processing.


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In Magic Lantern under 'prefs' under 'image review settings'. Turn off 'quick zoom' All done. Enjoy.


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From the Magic Lantern User Guide #Features, here is a sample of features that apply to photography: Exposure helpers: zebras, false color, histogram, waveform, spotmeter, vectorscope. LiveView adjustments: contrast, saturation, display gain for using LiveView in darkness. Cropmark images: user-editable overlays to assist framing and composition. ...


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I'm surprised by this as I would have though the card write speed is the slow link in the chain, and that shouldn't depend on any other settings! High ISO images do contain more noise, which is more difficult to compress, but that should just result in lower quality, since the compressor aims for a constant bitrate. My guess is that the constant bitrate ...


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It is an impossible question to answer. Point one is to follow all instructions - i.e. if it says "Firmware 1.1.1" then only use it on that Firmware and not another. Other than that... they have tested it on their own camera and it worked, so it should be fine, however it might still brick your camera. There is always some risk. Put it that way, "they" ...


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I had tried Magic Lantern 2.3 on my Canon 600D and I must say that I wasn't satisfied. Yes, it provide some of the cool features like HDR Video, Zebra Strips, Magic Zoom etc but I noticed the following negatives about using it: The battery life dropped drastically. Camera was running warmer. Exposure in LiveView was all messed up. I was not able to use ...


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Yes, it is. From ML's webpages: Cameras supported: 5D Mark ii 2.1.2 50D 1.0.9 60D 1.1.1 500D 1.1.1 550D 1.0.9 600D 1.0.2


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In previous versions of ML this function was present for photo taking as well. In Silent Picture mode it would read out the Liveview frame line by line. This does mean that you were still limited to 1720x974 (scroll down to Silent Picture / Silent Pic HiRes / Slit-scan Pic). However I see in the change log that this feature is removed from ML in March 2012 ...


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On the 600d - not that I know of (for the simpler modes). You can use M - the manual mode for stationary images. That has the advantage of getting you used to always quickly checking time, aperture and ISO. Since you will then switch from P to M (when going from in flight to sitting bird photo), a preset exposure compensation will not have any effect - BUT ...


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This is not exactly what you want, but a way to make high resolution slit-scan photographs (or video!) is by shooting a video sequence with a DSLR and then post-processing it to create the slit-scan effect. The Time Displacement effect from After Effects will give you the effect. This tutorial is a good introduction to this technique.


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I use it, though mostly for the video features. I only turn it on when I'm using a particular feature. My 5D Mark iii isn't fully supported yet, but the beta release has been very stable and hasn't caused any trouble when using it. The menu systems take a little getting used to simply because there is so much functionality. The main feature I have used ...


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Many people are afraid to modify their camera for the first time concerned that Magic Lantern will do something bad. After installing it and slowly learning how to use it, you’ll forget all about your fear. Magic Lantern will allow your camera to reach new levels of awesomeness.



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