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July 13, 2013
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Magic Lantern Raw on the Canon EOS 50D Review (EOSHD)

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Andrew Reid from EOSHD posted a comprehensive review with lots of tech talk and details about how the Magic Lantern RAW hack performs on the since long discontinued Canon EOS 50D (here on eBay). The EOS 50D was never thought to shot video, although someone discovered it has a microphone socket.

If you are into this things, if you want to recycle your old 50D and start shot some video, then this review is for you. The hack is still under development, but it already works fine. Quoting EOSHD:

Pros

  • Best of the APS-C Canons for raw video
  • 14bit uncompressed raw video at up to 30fps
  • Good flexibility in terms of resolutions and aspect ratios
  • Useful crop mode with extremely high image quality
  • Good dynamic range and low light performance
  • Superb build quality and extensive manual control
  • Extremely cheap on the used market and relatively common
  • Well suited to anamorphic lenses
  • Bonus H.264 1920x1080p recording mode

Cons

  • 5D Mark III is superior
  • Full sensor mode resolution limited to 1584 x 1058
  • Requires anamorphic lens to get the best of the full sensor mode
  • Moire and aliasing unless using 1:1 crop mode
  • Although a cheap camera body, requires expensive CF cards
  • Poor LCD visibility in strong sunlight
  • No articulated screen as found on newer Canon DSLRs
  • Glitchy exposure in crop mode, currently
  • Currently some disturbing bugs such as incorrect black levels and magenta tints

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June 6, 2013
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Canon EOS 50D Has A Microphone Base (but was not supposed to shot video)

The Magic Lantern RAW hack enables the 5 year old Canon EOS 50D (here on eBay) to record video footage – a camera that never was supposed to shot video. Now there is an additional information. Diego Monge, who says he works for Canon and posted the video above on YouTube, says: “the 50D was video capable, but lost this quality in final process”.

The Magic Lantern RAW hack is amazing, see here how the hacked EOS 50D compares to the EOS 5D Mark II.

[via cinema5d]

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June 2, 2013
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How To Install Magic Lantern – A Step-By-Step Video Guide

Given all the (justified) hype around Magic Lantern’s RAW hack more and more Canon users want to install the firmware hack. The most amazing results are obtained with the EOS 5D Mark III, but also a five year old camera that was never thought to shot video, the EOS 50D (here on eBay), can produce amazing results with the Magic Lantern hack.

Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video made a video that shows step-by-step how to install the Magic Lantern hack. As Dave suggests, it is best to install first the stable version of Magic Lantern before playing around with the alpha-releases (or nightly builds) that deliver the RAW video output.

Be sure that the battery is fully charged before starting the installation process. You have to reset the camera to factory settings, then you have to format the memory card. After that you plug the card in you computer and copy the downloaded files on it. Finally, the card goes back in your camera, where you navigate to the firmware update menu. When all is done correctly you will see the screen output below.

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May 30, 2013
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More Videos Taken With Canon EOS 50D And Magic Lantern RAW Hack (and comparison with 5D Mark II)

How cool is it to get RAW video output from a 5 year old camera that was never thought to be a video camera? Pretty much cool in my opinion. Kudos to the skilled Magic Lantern hackers for their Magic Lantern RAW hack.

There is more video footage shot with the modified 50D that showed up. Check the videos above and below. It also means that the hardware of the EOS 50D has always been able to shot video. There is a discussion going on about the Magic Lantern RAW hack in the Magic Lantern forum.

This could be the right time to get an EOS 50D on eBay, before the price will raise because of the newly discovered possibilities.

[via nofilmschool and motionvfx]

 

May 27, 2013
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Transform A Canon EOS 50D In A Powerful Video Camera With Magic Lantern RAW Hack

Canon EOS 50D raw video test – ISO 12.800 (H2) from Julian Huijbregts on Vimeo.

I have extensively reported about the Magic Lantern RAW Hack for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. You should know that you can have RAW video output also on the 5 year old Canon EOS 50D. As most of you probably know, the EOS 50D was the last semiprofessional DSLR in the xxD series. The EOS 60D that followed was more “Rebel inspired” than the 50D and the 40D.

The video above is amazing. You may also want to check sample images here. Will the Canon EOS 50D get a new life with the hack? First of all, check the price here on eBay.

The Canon EOS 50D is still kicking, read here why.

[via EOSHD]

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August 8, 2012
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[Hacks] Magic Lantern Installation And Operation On A Rebel T2i/550D (And Links For Refurbished 5D2 And 7D)

Found this little, 5 min video on YouTube. The installation of Magic Lantern is covered, plus an overview of operations. NOTE: Proceed at your own risk. Setting up Magic Lantern is easy and straightforward, but it is a firmware replacement and as such voids your guaranty. There should not be any problems, but I have to say this. :-) The video contains enough hints to teach you how to install Magic Lantern on other supported Canon DSLRs: EOS 5D Mark II (get it refurbished at the Canon Store for 1,759.20), EOS 60D, EOS 50D, Rebel T3i/600D. Unfortunately, and that’s a pity, the EOS 7D is not yet supported. But then: the 7D just got a massive firmware update, introducing new features and tweaking others. The EOS 7D can be found refurbished at Canon Store for $1,359, click here) and on eBay too, starting refurbished from $1,149 (click here), and new from ($1,240.71 (click here).

Click here to learn more about Magic Lantern, or click here to proceed straight to the download.

[via on YouTube]

July 27, 2012
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Don’t Call It Hack: Magic Lantern 2.3 Released (5D2, 60D, 50D, T1i/500D, T2i/550D, T3i/600D Supported)

Magic Lantern 2.3 has been released. Magic Lantern is a firmware replacement for Canon DSLRs, specifically for the EOS 5D Mark II (get it refurbished at the Canon Store for 1,759.20), EOS 60D, EOS 50D, Rebel T3i/600D, Rebel T2i and Rebel T1i. New and improved features: customizable menus, shortcuts, automatic HDR bracketing, timelapse, advanced fps and ISO control, contrast and adjustment in liveview, image analysis, fast playback.

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.

Magic Lantern is not a new kid on the block, it has been around for a while and gained maturity with every release. Keep in mind that this firmware replacement adds lots of features that Canon didn’t want you to have on your DSLR, even if your DSLR is perfectly able to manage it. See it as a sort of jailbreak for Canon DSLRs. Magic Lantern will be free for all starting August 13, until then you can get it after a $10 (or more) donation. Click here to go directly to the download page.

[via photographybay]

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