Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mini Magic

As readers of my posts know, I tend to lean towards the technical side of photography and am a passionate Magic Lantern user. Having said that, about a year ago I took an excursion into the Sony mirrorless world, with a purchase of the A6000.

Although the A6000 is most probably one of the best APS-C mirrorless systems you can buy, it was, for me, still lacking: as it didn’t have Magic Lantern! Hence, I didn’t have Auto Raw ETTR, Auto bracketing, Dual-ISO ‘bracketing’ and Lua scripting.

So this week I decided on a new tack and I purchased a camera that isn’t made any more, but allows me to run Magic Lantern: namely the Canon EOS-M.

The Digic 5 EOS-M is the original Canon attempt at an APS-C mirorless system and, critically, runs Magic Lantern: whereas the EOS-M3, say, doesn’t.

You can readily pick up second hand EOS-Ms on ebay and thus, after parting with a few pounds, I am now the happy owner of an EOS-M and a second hand Canon EOS-M-EF adapter; so I can use all my Canon lenses, in addition to the EOS-M 18-55 that came with the camera.

Being a camera with a touch screen, it initially feels like a point and shoot camera, and, I have to be honest I miss my 5D3 buttons! Nevertheless, initial testing is very positive. Magic Lantern loaded first time. Auto ETTR etc works and my Landscape Focus Stacking Helper script runs.

I’ll be putting the EOS-M through some more tests over the coming weeks and will report my findings in a future post. However, based on my experiments so far, anyone with a Canon and a love of Magic Lantern, would be well advised to pop over to ebay and buy a Canon EOS-M: before they all go :-)

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