Xmas Edition Magic Lantern
So what’s new for users of the APS-C Canon DSLRs using Magic Lantern?
- You can lower the frame rate down to 4 fps at a shutter speed of 1/4 seconds, which gives you extreme low-light capabilities.
- Overcranking doesn’t really work; the 60D hardly gets 35fps in 1080p. On the other hand, 500D and 50D can now record at 24p!
- For high-contrast scenes with not-so-fast moving subjects, you can get great shadow and highlight detail.
- This feature is enabled on all cameras, but older models may have synchronization issues.
We are also posting a free HDR post-processing workflow for advanced users, based on Avisynth with InterFrame plugin, VirtualDub and enfuse. Check this discussion thread for details!
Tip: HDR and FPS control are available in Advanced mode – press the MENU button!
Download & read more here
50D Gets a Minor Update
Below are the following fixes/features of the new EOS 50D Firmware. I guess it’s nice to see new firmware for a discontinued product.
- Improves the writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
- Fixes incorrect indications in the Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai and Turkish menu screens.
Download Here (Win) | Download Here (Mac)
I’ve recevied some more info about a possible replacement of the 50D/5D Mark II.
The source says a new xD camera is imminent.
The DSLR lineup from Canon will be as follows.
1000D / XS
500D / T1i
550D / T2i
5D Mark II
1D Mark IV
1Ds Mark III
There could be some truth to this, if the price of the 7D is cut like the 5D Mark II’s has been.
Rebel XSi & 50D Done
Received information today that said both the XSi and 50D are on final sell offs and no longer available from Canon.
100 f/2.8 Macro
Currently the 100 f/2.8 non-L macro is still available from Canon. It’s on the latest Canon price sheets.
1Ds Mark IV
A link has been spread across the web showing a 1Ds Mark IV price, as well as the ability to order the camera.
For the moment I have not published the link, as I’ve been burned before by products being added to store sites and getting free click through advertising.
In this case, I need more than a model name and a megapixel count, I posted terrible 1Ds4 info in the past and I do not want to do it again.
Stock of the 50D has been depleted by a bunch of stores in Canada. Future Shop has none in their warehouse and do not anticipate ever seeing anymore arrive. London Drugs in Canada have also ceased sales of the 50D in Canada I’ve been told.
I spoke with Canon Canada and they have none in stock and gave me the usual “2 weeks” to get more.
60D Camera Images
I’ve been sent a lot of links to 60D shots, all of which are less than well done Photoshop jobs.
“There will be no 60D”
This has been reported, but none of my sources agree with the sentiment. One has said the xxD line will continue, however the camera could take a slightly different form this time around.
Best Buy has always given clues as to what was coming.
Currently Best Buy Canada is selling the 50D as a body only. It doesn’t appear kits are available on the site anymore.
From a birdie
If you want some tidbits of info, here’s one.
Canon attempted to purchase Pentax.
There’s a concern within Canon about Sony’s position in the DSLR market. They’re proving to be very committed in gaining marketshare.
It was insinuated that Sony has interest in Pentax and its user base, whereas Canon doesn’t necessarily want the same thing.
It was an interesting talk. I don’t have lots of info, but the source is good.
50D Rebates come to life
Speculate away as to what this means. The rebate program ends around when we previously posted a 60D could be announced. Sometimes this stuff is coincidence.
Both Adorama and B&H are still closed for the holidays. We should see them correct for the new rebate prices soon.
I’m still shocked Canon sells the 28-135 IS, and I always think its on the way out when it appears in rebates. I haven’t heard anything about a new 70-300 IS. I do think they’re a strange pair to put together. You may not think so. :)
- 50D Body Only: $100
- 50D w/28-135 IS: $100
- 50D w/70-300 IS: $250
- 50D w/28-135 IS & 70-300 IS: $250