Magic Lantern Releases v2.3, Says It’s No Longer a “Hack”

For those of you who have never heard of Magic Lantern (or know it only as a 17th century image projector) as far as Canon HDSLRs are concerned, Magic Lantern is a firmware add-on that first appeared in 2009 for the 5D Mark II. Since then it has been ported to most Canon HDSLRS and, for years, it has been known as a hack that brave and/or curious Canon owners have added to their cameras in order to squeeze out more functionality — in some cases a lot more. The risk, of course, was always stability.

According to Magic Lantern’s website, however, the newest version 2.3 is so stable that it no longer deserves to be called a “hack.” Instead, the promo video (below) and release notes alike laud it as “ready for professional use.”

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.

We have worked a lot on bug-fixing and usability improvements and we sincerely hope you will find it a great companion for all your shooting sessions – from hobbyist to professional.

If you want to find out more about version 2.3 and the slew of features it comes with that you won’t find in your run-of-the-mill firmware update from Canon, you can check out the release notes on Magic Lantern’s website. For now, v2.3 is only available to supporters who are willing to put up $10 or more, but if you’re willing to wait (and you trust the hype), you’ll be able to download it free on August 13th.

(via Photography Bay)

  • Jeff Foster

    Sweet. been using ML 2.2 for months and can’t imagine not having it. It is a necessity for amateur filmmakers using Canon DSLRs

  • Paul

    I basically switch from pentax to cannon for magic lantern its not for everyone but I think it’s the best accessory you can pair with your camera

  • Benicio Murray

    I’ve been eager to try it out for a long time but always fearful of bricking my 5dmk2. The new release sounds promising.

  • Benicio Murray

    what kinds of things does it do to benefit filming with a dlsr?

  • Jeff Foster

    More like what doesn’t it do? The biggest things for me are the audio meters, disabling the automatic gain control for the audio, and allowing for balanced microphones. I also love the focus peaking, zebras, and crop marks. For stills, the intervalometer is great for time lapses. There are so many other features too.

    I had no trouble donating some to them to get the new version. I love that you can use the command wheel to change settings now. The old set/play buttons were always a little odd to use.

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Focus peaking, histogram, zebras, user defined frame rate, HDR video, intervalometer, rack focusing, extended flash compensation control, the list goes on and on. Turned my T2i into a super-camera.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Makes me wonder why Canon didn’t implement all this functionality in the first place when the processor’s evidently capable of pulling it off. With this slew of features, they could have easily killed off competitors in the entry level range.