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Old June 23rd, 2009, 01:01 AM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
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Default To Canon, Treasure and promote this revolution!

This is for Canon USA and Canon Japan!

At last we have firmware using the brains of the world outside of camera makers. This new work leverages the detective work done by hardworking dedicated software detectives using generations of digicams. All this knowledge has been provided to open up the 5D to the many bright independent software engineers who now just need their computer and enough trust in their own skills to write new code in Magic Lantern's open source platform. This means a new road ahead for digital Cameras using the Canon 5D platform. This is just the start!

Here's what Magic Lantern Has Done:

Magic Lantern is an open platform for developing enhancements to the amazing Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR. This camera is a "game changer" for independent film makers:
It allows the use of a wide range of lenses (anything that can be adapted to the EF mount).
The 35mm full-frame sensor is larger than the RED ONE's sensor, Super 35 film. It is approximately the size of VistaVision. This means shallower native depth-of-field than anything on the market, except for the Phantom 65.
The dynamic range and latitude are close to the capabilities of high-end HD cameras.
The low-light performance is currently unrivaled, even by the RED ONE.
But, the software in video mode has limitations, even after the recent 1.1.0 upgrade from Canon that fixed the most glaring manual exposure "bug".
That's where Magic Lantern comes in -- it turns your 5D Mark II into a 5D Mark Free. We've written extensions and widgets that fix many of the annoyances in working with the 5D Mark II on a film or video set. Our first set of fixes are targeted at the audio limitations of the camera, but there are some video enhancements included, too:
On-screen audio meters
Disabled AGC
Manual gain control
Zebra stripes (video peaking)
Crop marks for 16:9, 2.35:1 and 4:3
Todo list for more ideas

Read more here

This move is one of the most significant in modern camera history since it sets the stage for an open platform with a camera that can take superb HD video to now have sound to match with on screen controls for Zebras too.

We should have had this a long time ago. We are underusing the capabilities of these computers because Canon just has to program firmware sufficient to compete with the Nikon and any upstarts. However, the future will belong to cameras that can be open to all of us to have the best shared software.

This is the beginning Canon, embrace it, support it and please don't screw it up!


P.S. also look at this resource here.
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