Review: Magic Lantern Firmware for the 5D Mark II

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Here are a few of my thoughts on the Magic Lantern Firmware for my Canon 5D Mark II. It was originally designed for videographers, but I have found the still image features very valuable.

Features for still photography

  • Adds an intervalometer to your camera for time lapses without the need to buy and carry a remote.
  • Extended bracketing up to 9 brackets with up to 5 stop differences for each bracket!
  • Bulb timer for exposures up to 8 hours.
  • Other little goodies like a motion trigger, sound trigger, and added options for the live view screen.

After my wired remote was bitten in two by my tripod, I have used the 2-second delay for 99% of my city shots. I love shooting this way and I continue to use it even after I have fixed the remote. But I miss the intervalometer. The Magic Lantern Firmware fixes this and adds the automatic bracketing and bulb exposures.

So far, I haven't had any problems, and I love the added features. The camera takes an extra second or to start up, so I don't use it for family photos or anything with quick action. But for shooting the city, it is the perfect companion to the 5D Mark II. I highly recommend it!

Magic Lantern Firmware is donationware. Donate at their page.




  • Paul Ciura

    Just installed it last night on the one CF card I currently own. Great stuff. I will be using mostly the HDR portion of the software. Next time I see you Chris at a photowalk, you can maybe show me some tips that you use with this firmware.

  • outofchicago

    I’d love to. Hopefully I’ll see you on the 22nd.

  • Carl Larson

    Awesome, it is compatible with my camera. I was going to look for something like this but you’ve done my work for me. Thanks for the tip!

  • outofchicago

    No problem. Give it a shot for sure. I think you’ll like it.


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