4 Reasons for the still photographer to try Magic Lantern

4 Reasons for the still photographer to try Magic Lantern

I installed magic lantern on my EOS M a few weeks ago, and I am going to share 4 reasons why you might want to try it as well. Magic lantern is a firmware hack for canon cameras. You install it in a process very similar to updating the firmware on your camera. I am using the most up to date version of ML for the M, which is still not a stable release. There are some potential bugs, but they do not seem to affect every camera, and I have had no problems with it.  The EOS M is already a great little camera, and the Magic Lantern firmware adds even more functionality to it.  The amount of stuff added to the camera is initially a little overwhelming. For the videographer, there is some really nice stuff, most notably – HD Raw video. I have not been able to test out the raw video because I do not have a memory card that is big or fast enough. I just dabble in video, so I will be focusing on the features that I have found work for my needs. Focus Peaking If you use manual focus lenses like I do, this is probably the most amazing feature I have ever seen on a digital camera. There are 2 flavors here, the first is normal focus peaking, which overlays a color artifact on the parts of the image that are in focus. This makes focusing possible with out zooming the viewfinder in 5x or 10x. It work amazingly well if you are using a tilt-shift lens, or a very...
Is a mirrorless camera a viable replacement for your dslr?

Is a mirrorless camera a viable replacement for your dslr?

The debate has been raging for a little while as the mirrorless segment gains popularity. Obviously, if camera manufactures could create a camera that has all the good things that makes SLR’s awesome and no new negative points, we would all dump our dslr cameras in favor of the smaller mirrorless camera. But it is never that simple is it. So, let’s take a look at what makes the dslr such a great platform to work with in the first place. The single lens reflex camera is a fairly mature set of tools. It has been around since the 50s; almost every photography company has had a least a few SLR cameras as part of their portfolio. The SLR comes in many different sizes from large format camera to the small format 35mm to digital. The SLR has been battle proven over the years it is a great combination of portability and capability. Since almost every manufacturer creates the SLR as a modular system it is inherently adaptable to almost any shooting requirements. One of the biggest advantages of the SLR is that when you are shooting you are viewing through the lens that takes the image, so basically what you see is what you get. That gets to the heart why the modern SLR has become the gold standard for pros and enthusiast, fast accurate auto focus. Modern SLR cameras have a phase detection auto focus system built in to the mirror that sits inside the camera. Phase detection auto focus is the fastest and most accurate auto focus currently on the market, especially in low light. Other...