I have a Canon 60D and I use it for still photography and for video. If I install ML, can I disable it to shoot photos? or is it active all the time or can you bypass it for stills. Or, is ML also used for still photography. I know, too many questions.
ML is just a firmware that you run when the camera boots up. You can chose to run it or not. However, you should do some research at Magic Lantern's website to make sure that's the case with the your camera, Canon 60D. I run a 5D Mark III and the ML hack lives on a SD card that we can leave in or take out at will. The 60D may or may not be different.
You can use ML for stills and video if you want. Because you're camera already shoots RAW stills there isn't much benefit for Magic Lantern on the stills side. It's mainly aimed at RAW video recording.
My canon 5d mark iii firmware is 1.3.3 and I've read a lot of old comments regarding ML with that version not working. Does it work or do I need to downgrade my firmware? Also when I go to ML website downloads I only see the option to download Nightly Builds, but that doesn't seem right. Can you help me?
Hey Beth - if memory serves I think the best firmware version was 1.2.3 if you wanna run Magic Lantern on your 5D3 (you can also run 1.1.3 as well). Because Magic Lantern is a hack for your camera nothing is truly supported, so your best bet is to read the ML pages, and surf on YouTube for how-to videos. As such, you're downloading a hacked piece of software that is going to insert itself into the camera's boot up process before the internal software takes over. So the hacking community is always tinkering with the software, hence "nightly builds." Since the 5D3 is an older camera now you can expect the nightly builds section won't truly be nightly. When a camera is first released the community is far more active and posts updates as soon as something is discovered. Don't let it set you back, that's normal once you move off the traditional firmware download approach directly from the vendor.
But remember - Magic Lantern is not endorsed or approved by Canon. If something happens then Canon may reject the warranty as a result.
But you can jump over to the ML page and download the nightly build that corresponds to your camera and firmware if you so chose: http://builds.magiclantern.fm
no, warranty is not an issue anymore because you side load ML now and not overwrite anything. it lives on the SD card, when removed, camera boots into standard firmware. yes, best firmware for the mk3 is 1.2.3 – the last one to support side loading.
actually get the latest experimental build which will enable 4K crop mode, so you can record (even in h264) in 1:1 sensor read-out (better details but crop factor of 3). so that would turn your 70mm lens into a 200mm tele one.