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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Magic Lantern Alpha Firmware for the T2i / 550D



What is Magic Lantern you might ask ? its a firmware hack that rides on top of the camera's own firmware to add new features, or fix ones done wrong like AGC audio levels. There is a pre-alpha available for 550D owners right now. The main thing it adds it audio meters on screen right now. Thats hugely helpful just to see if you have anything coming in. The other major planned features are manual audio levels, headphone monitoring via the AV out connector, and crop marks for other frame sizes like 2:1. You can check it out here -

Magic Lantern - 550D/T2i port from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo.
Please follow the directions carefully ! and certainly this is use at your own risk after readying all the cautions. I personally haven't tried this yet, but plan too over the next few days and I'll let you know how it works.
Hopefully this project stays on track, with the 60D coming next month. The 60D does address several things that this firmware mod adds to the 550D. I just picture a lot of 550D owners getting 60D's though.