This might seem a little unusual coming from a blog posted on a major retailer, so I should probably begin by prefacing a few things: using custom firmware is not endorsed by Future Shop or Canon and may void your warranty.
I should also note that using custom firmware is NOT illegal or even remotely troublesome here in Canada. It’s a cool way to take control of your electronics, which is something that I think we can all agree is a cool thing to do.
So what is Magic Lantern? It’s an open platform that’s been developed to enhance cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II and the T2i/T3i. It adds a couple of really cool features:
On-screen audio meteres
Manual gain control with no AGC
Zebra Strips (video peaking so you can see when parts of the shot are blown out)
Custom Cropmarks for 16:9, 2.35:1, 4:3, and other formats
Focus and bracketing control
But it doesn’t stop there. You can write your own extensions for your camera, or you can pay someone to do so. It’s taking camera software to the next level.
What Magic Lantern isn’t is a complete firmware replacement. It sits on top of the existing firmware and is installed on your memory card. You can return to the Canon firmware at any time by pressing and holding set as the camera boots (to disable it on a per-startup basis) or by formatting your memory card in-camera and choosing to delete Magic Lantern.
AGAIN A WARNING: This can destroy your camera, something that WILL NOT BE COVERED by Future Shop or Canon. I also won’t replace your camera for you. If you do this, it’s on you. Follow this guide at your own risk.
Start by downloading Magic Lantern. Here’s how to install it for most cameras:
Step 1: Fully charge your battery
Step 2: Remove all accessories
Step 3: use an SD, SDHC, or Compact Flash card of 32GB or smaller for the first install
Step 4: Ensure your firmware is fully up-to-date
Step 5: Turn the mode dial to Manual (M)
Step 6: restore your camera (Clear all Camera Settings under the Wrench 3 menu option)
Step 7. Format your card INSIDE your camera, then connect the camera to your computer.
Step 8. Unzip all the files and put them in the root directory of the card.
Step 9. Launch the Firmware Update process.
Once you see the green confirmation screen, you’re all done! Now you can relaunch your camera with Magic Lantern and reap all the benefits of this incredible, open source, community developed software.
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