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Louis Basslines
ML 5d2
on May 21, 2015 at 12:36:12 am

Hello , I want to shoot time lapse on my 5D mark ii. I want to download the ML for this however I don't particularly want to shoot in RAW. Can I just install a basic ML without installing the RAW ?

I am fairly new to this so any advise welcome as to which version to use.

Is it true that shooting in RAW on the 5d2 is not the best workflow ? I want to be economical and minimise issues. For now I just want to be able to use the intervalometer option.

Thank you

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Ryan Holmes
Re: ML 5d2
on May 21, 2015 at 3:29:00 pm

Louis if you want to shoot stills on your 5D2 you don't need ML to do that. The 5D2 can take RAW or JPEG stills which you can time-lapse together.

Magic Lantern (ML) is meant for those shooting video that were frustrated by Canon's lack of attentiveness to a quality image. ML hacks the firmware of the camera to enable a user to shoot video in what is essentially a RAW video mode at 24 or 30 frames per second. Shooting RAW video is in no way "economical" as the data rate needed to sustain that quality level chew threw cards quickly (64GB gets you about 12-18 minutes of content).

But if you're just wanting to do stills your Canon 5D2 can already do RAW stills (or JPEG) and can accept an intervalometer.

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Blaise Douros
Re: ML 5d2
on May 21, 2015 at 4:49:41 pm

Ryan, he wants to use the software intervalometer in Magic Lantern.

Louis, there are a million options in Magic Lantern, all of which you can enable or disable manually. Installing it on your camera does not mean that you have to shoot RAW video. If you just want to use the intervalometer, you can do that without using any of the other functions Magic Lantern has to offer.


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Ryan Holmes
Re: ML 5d2
on May 21, 2015 at 5:10:07 pm

[Blaise Douros] "Ryan, he wants to use the software intervalometer in Magic Lantern."

Right, ML can act as an intervalometer. For me, I would rather run an actual intervalometer as hardware based approaches tend to yield more consistent results and less battery drain than software approaches. You can pickup an intervalometer on Amazon for under $20.

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Blaise Douros
Re: ML 5d2
on May 21, 2015 at 9:15:35 pm
Last Edited By Blaise Douros on May 21, 2015 at 9:18:44 pm

...I would rather run an actual intervalometer...

Yep, me too! Just wanted to make sure Louis didn't misinterpret your post to mean that ML couldn't do what he was asking about. Believe me, I'm not one of those guys that thinks ML makes a DSLR into a cheaper RED that can do everything ur pro cam can do noob exept betr becuz ur stoopid for paying that much $.

As you say, a hardware intervalometer is better!


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Louis Basslines
Re: ML 5d2
on May 22, 2015 at 6:44:12 am

Hey thanks guys. I am also shooting video. I am using the native video format which seems to fit about 16mins on a 16GB camera.

Does ML suck the battery ?

Also I am shooting sometimes in Australia which is PAL , is there a 25 option of 5D2 ?

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Warren Eig
Re: ML 5d2
on May 22, 2015 at 8:01:26 pm

Yes there is a PAL option. I haven't noticed a huge battery draw with ML on my Mark iii.

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