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Custom Firmwares for DSLR Camera's. Thoughts?

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February 14, 2014 6:32:33 AM

I own a Canon T3i camera, and see there is Magic lantern custom firmware for it. I am curious about it.

Have you used any custom firmware's? Does it really help with photos more specifically does it effect things like battery draw?

What is your experiences with custom firmware? Would you prefer to stick with the out of the box firmware?

Is there a better custom vs another? More reputable?
a b w Digital camera
February 14, 2014 6:41:34 AM

The nice thing about Magic Lantern and CHDK is that they are non-destructive. Runs completely off the SD card. No actual changes to the camera firmware.

Don't like it? Simply take that card out and restart the camera.

Mainly, they add features not present in the original software.
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February 14, 2014 6:41:40 AM

Custom firmware is for special and unusual shooting applications. For instance, if the photographer shoots a lot of 'low light' pictures then some sort of custom firmware designed especially for low light conditions would be the way to go. The standard firmware would be suitable for general use under most conditions.

I have not personally used any custom firmware.

There are updates for the regular firmware and these should be installed for better performance of the camera. This is very similar to PC monthly updates. The camera firmware updates must be obtained from the camera manufacturer's website. They normally don't send notifications regarding these updates (if any).
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a b w Digital camera
February 14, 2014 6:44:17 AM

I don't have a Canon, so I've not used them. But if I had one, I would not hesitate to try one or both. As said...completely non-destructive.
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February 14, 2014 2:30:42 PM

Here is the Magic Lantern Firmware Wiki http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/Unified

You can read that first, it is up to you. In the FAQ section, you can see it is legal and but it may or may not void the warranty. Also they (Magic Lantern) said they can't be certain that it's 100% safe.

If your camera works fine I will recommend don't try it. Just stick with the canon firmware. If something happens to the camera you know what will come next.
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a b w Digital camera
February 14, 2014 9:14:14 PM

I have a Canon T4i and recently downloaded the Magic Lantern firmware and installed it on an SD card. I had to download a beta version as there isn't a "final" version available for the T4i. I haven't had a chance to use it much yet but will say that it has unlocked features not previously available. With the T4i I have to press the trash can icon to get the Magic Lantern firmware to load from the SD card. You will know when the Magic Lantern firmware is loaded because there will be a message at the bottom of the menu screen with the date and version of the firmware. I took a risk by doing this and so far so good. It was non-destructive and the latest Canon firmware update is still in place.
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