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Re: How can I get 5 bracketed exposures with my 5D Mk II?


@lly3988 wrote:

What are the "bad" [of using Magic Lantern] exactly ? Turn the camera to a brick ? May be but only a few cases (but not verified)  at its early stage of development years ago. But base on the posts in this forum, I saw a lot of complaints about Canon camera of different models dead or became defective even shortly after purchase. There has not been any (or many) complaints about use of ML on Canon cameras which became damaged and not reversible. Complaints are mostly about user errors or a dead/malfunctioning Canon camera.


My guess is that serious problems are more likely to be caused by incorrectly installing Magic Lantern than by the operation of ML itself. I've never tried to use ML, so consider the source; but I have bricked a camera by incorrectly installing a firmware update. It is (or at least was then) annoyingly easy to do. At the time I didn't yet have a card reader, so I was doing it the hard way, by direct download. The instructions were long and complex, and I apparently misconstrued one of them, leaving the camera effectively dead. I don't doubt that the same could happen in a ML installation if one isn't very careful.

 

My story had a happy ending, because Canon fixed the camera under warranty, no questions asked. And since my wife needed it for a family wedding in Philadelphia a week later, I couldn't risk waiting for it to be shipped back to Boston. So they held it at the Canon shop in NJ so we could pick it up on the way. This was before I became a CPS member, so I don't think I was getting any special treatment.

Bob
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Re: How can I get 5 bracketed exposures with my 5D Mk II?

Bob from Boston,

Beside the bad things happening with ML, I've known a couple friends that had it happen, I wouldn't care if my 1 series cameras were totally manual.  The guys that rely on all the automation probably do like ML when it works as it should.

I admit I have gotten used to AE and especially AF but I could manage very nicely in full manual control.

I guess it all depends on your past experience and the requirements you think you need.

 

BTW, I am somewhat surprised that a real deal Canon Moderator hasn't stepped in and explained Canon does not recommend ML at all.  If you screw it up, Canon is the only place that can fix it.  Maybe that's why?

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Registered: ‎03-10-2016

Re: How can I get 5 bracketed exposures with my 5D Mk II?

Thanks!  I use both Photomatrix Pro and Lightroom Creative Cloud (and find the LR CC HDR quite satisfactory for the most part), and unless I'm shooting a fast moving sporting event, everything is in Large Raw and manual.  I have used the three-bracketed shots and, by changing my f/stop been able to generate a reasonable spread of 6 bracketed shots (with, of course, one duplicate).  I just wondered if there was some way to avoid having to change the f/stop.

Sailor-retired USN. 5D Mk II
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Registered: ‎03-10-2016

Re: How can I get 5 bracketed exposures with my 5D Mk II?

Thanks!  I use both Photomatrix Pro and Lightroom Creative Cloud (and find the LR CC HDR quite satisfactory for the most part), and unless I'm shooting a fast moving sporting event, everything is in Large Raw and manual.  I have used the three-bracketed shots and, by changing my f/stop been able to generate a reasonable spread of 6 bracketed shots (with, of course, one duplicate).  I just wondered if there was some way to avoid having to change the f/stop.

Sailor-retired USN. 5D Mk II
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Registered: ‎03-10-2016

Re: How can I get 5 bracketed exposures with my 5D Mk II?

I'll look into Magic Lantern.  I've been shooting since, oh, the early 1970's, so I have a little experience.  Smiley Very Happy

Sailor-retired USN. 5D Mk II
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