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November 29, 2012
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Magic Lantern Alpha 3 For EOS 5D Mark III Available


Next release of Magic Lantern for Canon EOS 5D Mark III available for download (here). New tweaks:

  • Histogram and waveform moved to bottom
  • New experimental display for focus peaking (extreme sharpness)
  • 16:9 bars for anamorphic preview
  • Focus box moves faster (not yet customizable)
  • After taking a picture and pressing Zoom In right away, you can scroll through pictures
  • Saturation boost when adjusting white balance
  • Warnings for bad settings (e.g. if you set picture quality to JPEG instead of RAW by mistake)
  • Dim the red LED while recording (make it less distracting)

Magic Lantern's homepage provides more information.

[via CR]


November 27, 2012
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Canon EOS M Hacked – Magic Lantern On The Way

They did it again, the skilled hackers of the Magic Lantern team were able to dump a first version of their firmware extension on the Canon EOS M. They write:

With a little guesswork, we were lucky to notice that on the inside, the little EOS-M is very similar to the 5D Mark III. So, with a few tricks we were able to dump the firmware and print the familiar “Hello World” message – the proof that Magic Lantern will work on the EOS-M.

In his review, Roger Cicala said the EOS-M is “a firmware update and a price drop away from being a great camera”. We, the developers of ML, will try to address the first issue.

Great news! Can't wait to get the Magic Lantern for my EOS M.

[via CR]


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]

April 27, 2012
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EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Hack: Magic Lantern is Coming

Magic Lantern running on a 5D Mark III

Canon released a firmware update for its EOS 5D Mark III and the file was analyzed by the hackers who brought us the Magic Lantern firmware hack for Canon cams. Looks like Magic Lantern can be ported to the EOS 5D Mark III. This is good news, since the hack brings a lot of improvements for video, IQ and usability. Would also be the first to work with the DIGIC 5 CPU. If you are into coding here is the link to the developer forum.

[via EOSHD]

April 22, 2012
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Hacked EOS 5D Mark III: More footage

More footage shot with a modified EOS 5D Mark III has been published. I reported about this hack made by James Miller (here, here and here). The mod consists in removing the OLPF (Optical Low-Pass Filter) from the sensor of the 5D Mark III. The result: an increase in resolution. The surprising thing is that neither moire nor aliasing become a real problem without the OLPF (aka Anti-Aliasing filter). Without the OLPF filter the sensor becomes also more sensitive to IR light, making the 5D Mark III suitable for astrophotography. To fully enjoy (and analyze) the footage it’s better to login to Vimeo and to download the uncompressed version of the video.

[via EOSHD]

April 11, 2012
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How to hack your EOS 5D Mark III and remove the OLPF

Foremost, a warning: do not tear down your 5D Mark III if you do not have the necessary technical skills (and be sure that you will need them to do it). The hack discussed in this post voids warranty and may severely damage your camera. That said, read on.

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March 31, 2012
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EOS 5D Mark III hacked: Anti-aliasing filter removed, more sharpness

This is a hardware hack performed on the EOS 5D Mark III. It voids guaranty and should absolutely be avoided without the necessary technical knowledge.

James Miller teared down his brand new EOS 5D Mark III and removed the Optical Low-Pass Filter (aka Anti-Aliasing filter) that’s put on the sensor. It seems that the filter is really blurring the image, since the pics shot without the filter are much more detailed. Judge for yourself – first pic shot with the OLPF and the second without:

EOS 5D Mark III with anti-aliasing filter

EOS 5D Mark III with removed anti-aliasing filter

NOTE: pictures shot at different days, using same camera settings. Original pics can be downloaded:

As you can see the pic shot without the OLPF has more detail and more sharpness in general. Brick walls and roofs reveal details not seen on the crop from the pic shot with the mounted OLPF. Moreover, the filter is responsible for reducing moire and aliasing, but looking at the crops you can see some aliasing but no moire. Two more crops, left one with, right one without OLPF – look at the clock and at the roof above the clock:

OLPF mounted                                                         OLPF removed

The is a big difference regarding image details with details appearing in the pic shot without the OLPF that are barely if even visible in the crop from the pic shot with the OLPF mounted.

Miller also shot a video with the modded 5D Mark III:

Given the strong increase in details, it looks like if Canon has put on the EOS 5D Mark III an OLPF that’s too strong, and that’s sensibly reducing the native capabilities of the sensor. Reducing moire is important, but I question if it has to come with such a considerable loss in detail (not just for video mode, also for stills). However, the absence of moire in the crops from the frame grabs does not mean that in other circumstances there would not be more moire. James Miller is now using his 5D Mark III without the filter, so more news will come. Stay tuned.

Here are some pics of the tear down:

James Miller on Twitter

For the latest 5D Mark III pics uploaded to Flickr and our eBay live-ticker for possible 5D Mark III deals click here.

The following shops have the EOS 5D Mark III in stock and ready to ship:

  • Amazon: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
  • Canon store: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
  • B&H: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
  • J&R: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
  • J&R: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here (NOTE: shows up as out of stock, should be in stock in a few hours)
  • Adorama: 5D Mark III body + free photo-book $3,499 – click here
  • Adorama: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 -click here
  • DigitalRev: 5D Mark III body – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
  • DigitalRev: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
[via EOSHD]