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by Bryce J. Renninger
May 13, 2013 3:53 PM
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Magic Lantern Allows Canon 5D Filmmakers to Shoot Raw Continuously

Magic Lantern on Canon 5D Mark III Andrew Reid for

Writing on his DSLR filmmakers blog EOSHD, UK-based filmmaker Andrew Reid has shown off what he was able to do on his Canon 5D Mark III with the free Magic Lantern firmware add-on

Raw files track more accurately the voltage levels received bye light censors on camera's imaging chips.  The result is a crisper image.

Excited to share his findings with other DSLR filmmakers, Reid took to his blog after testing the camera settings.  The footage was captured at 90MB/s and 1920×1280.  Shooting at a higher resolution caused some drop frames.

On his blog, Reid showed off the footage he shot, which can be seen below:

Canon 5D Mark III Continuous Raw Video with Magic Lantern (1920x1280 24p) from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.


  • Carl | June 19, 2013 10:29 AMReply

    I thnk this is a good test to conduct and Andrew Reid is a good photogrpaher to cnduct it. I dont agree with the results but there definitely some truth in what he says.


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  • Paul | May 14, 2013 2:03 PMReply

    Indiewire: FYI, I haven't noticed you linking over to EOSHD before, but you should know that it's a widely avoided site by most of the independent filmmaking tech world, because of a reputation for poor test procedures, inaccurate rumors, hostility from the author (it's a one-man-show), and bias. There are plenty other, more reliable resources that have been reporting on this development, FYI.

  • jg | May 14, 2013 2:17 AMReply

    Lacks resolution, muddy trees.

    BMC is actually designed for this. Actually cheaper. Better image and operation.

  • joonaria | May 13, 2013 7:39 PMReply

    Just waiting for this guy to update this post and tell us his camera exploded or melted. Not trying this.