We received an email stating that a certain company is getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras. Only the EOS 5D Mark III was listed, but other EOS cameras are likely.
The hack requires the mainboard inside the camera gets replaced with the modified custom board. It was not mentioned how, or where you’d send your camera to get the modification. I’d think they’d have to give away a few modified cameras to get the trust of the consumer. The reported cost of the mod is $1000 USD.
As for the modification itself, it’s said it will “greatly improve dynamic range, video sharpness and performance of the EOS 5D Mark III.”
I’ve heard about these types of things in the past, and nothing has ever come of them. This one seems a bit different, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Magic Lantern has long been a fan favourite to “unleash” the features of Canon cameras we wish they had. Lately this has included pushing what we can get out of the sensor.
As reported on Planet 5D:
“Tests have been done by ‘Marsu42’ of CanonRumors, which show numbers of up to 15 stops of DR when using this feature combined with the ‘dual_iso’ module that Magic Lantern already includes in their nightly builds.”
This means that for example on 5d3, iso 800 with ML has more dynamic range than iso 100 with Canon :-> … and at high iso you’re getting 7% more dr which is nothing to sneeze at, esp. since it builds upon Canon‘s advantage vs. Nikon: d800@6400 = ~8.3 & 5d3@6400 = ~9.4 ev. According to sensorgen.info the 6d should add another 2/3 stop (once the code is adapted for it) making good ol’ Canon the superior sensor for low light high contrast shooting.
Since this is a new software update I’d recommend you proceed with caution, however, these are exciting results for both stills and video shooters!
Long time Nikon shooter, author and Adobe professional Scott Kelby switched over to Canon about 6 months. Being that he’s a popular guy in the photography world, I assume he was being asked every 10 minutes why he switched.
The switch was made to a EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III for the big reasons of ergonomics, menu system and skin tones.
Kelby sits down with Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon to discuss the switch to Canon.
I’m not sure how much Mr Kelby paid for the Canon gear he now has, but I hypothesize it was at a discount. :)
System switching is an odd thing to me, and always has been. Unless there’s a definitive feature or lens that one doesn’t have and the other does.
I have heard of Canon shooters moving to Nikon if they use Speedlites a lot, as Nikon’s ETTL does a better and more consistent job than Canon’s system does. When I hear a Nikon user switching to Canon, it seems to usually be about video features. I also know of a couple of nature photographers that moved over to Canon around the time the new big white lenses made it to market. They found great value in the weight savings of Canon’s new super telephoto lenses.
Switching for ergonomics is a weird one to me. After a few months with a camera, you’re used to it and it becomes second nature. I personally fumble around with Nikon’s pro bodies, but that’s because I have been shooting Canon predominantly for a long time. Had I always shot Nikon, I’m sure the opposite would be true.
From Adorama, B&H Photo and Amazon Adorama has a few great deals today that will not last long. Most notable the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body and kit with the EF 24-105 f/4L IS. You can see the deals once you proceed to checkout.