Cameras

Below is a list of our Recommended Cameras.  While there are many great cameras to get started with, we have found these to work best with the Magic Lantern workflow.

 

5D MKIII

Full Frame.  This is the mother of all the Magic Lantern DSLRs.  Full frame, 1080p RAW recording, great ergonomics and gorgeous stills.  Two card slots, one SD and one CF.  Phenomenal camera.  handles aliasing and moire better than the previous generation.   The industry standard for DSLR professional video.

5D MKII

Full Frame.  This is the one that started it all.  Vincent Laforet “borrowed” one of these cameras from the Canon offices and made a short over the weekend, and by that monday, the world had fallen in love with the beautiful video image that it produced.  HOUSE MD was filmed on it.  It has been a second-unit cam on many big name feature films including Captain America.  Great in low light.  A long time favorite.

 

7D

APS-C.  It took a long time for Magic Lantern to get around to the 7D.  It has been used by so many indie filmmakers for shorts and features alike.  Now that it has Magic Lantern, it’s an even more powerful tool for small productions.  Shoots on Compact Flash cards like the 5DmkII.

60D/70D

APS-C.  Very versatile.  Fantastic price to performance ratio. swivel screen for tight angles.  Two exterior knobs and an LED display up top.  The 60D also has native Kelvin color temp adjustments.  Twice the shutter-life of the rebel line, and a magnesium alloy body give it better weatherproofing.

t3i,t4i,t5i, etc

APS-C.  These cameras in the rebel line are great because of their price point.  For many, it is their first DSLR, and it makes them very accessible.  Fully capable DSLRs, and for many shooters starting out, they aren’t going to miss any of the bells and whistles of the pricier models.  WHen it comes to the final product, there will be few people who will be able to determine whether you shot on a 7D or a T3i.

 

 

Eos-m

APS-C.  The baby in the line-up.  This is Canon’s entry into the mirrorless market.  It arrived on the scene a few years after the competitors and with little fanfare.  The original firmware had terrible autofocus and there’s no optical viewfinder.  And the original MSRP was way overpriced.  Lackluster sales in the US have caused prices to plummet, and Canon is still developing the line over in Asian and Europe.  The firmware is updated, and the autofocus is better, not that you need it.  The lens mount is different that standard EF, but third party adapters are cheap and plentiful.  It’s basically a T5i inside a mirrorless body.  Totally pocketable and a great alternative to the Micro4/3 lineup, giving you the bigger APSC sensor.  Great as a B-cam, and an easy way to match footage with your primary camera.  And of course, did I mention…Magic Lantern and RAW?!!  All this in something the size of a pack of cigarettes.

 

Other Cameras

While Magic Lantern Shooter started as a resource for Magic Lantern only, we cannot deny that there have been advances in other camera line-ups that have made shooting a gamechanger.  We’ve highlighted some temptations.

 

Sony A7Rii

This is the camera that changed the playing field.  Backside illuminated sensor.  Stabilization in the body of the camera instead of the lenses. 4K. and a HUGE megapixel count. (Yes, you can hold this against us.)  This camera also focuses super fast WITH CANON GLASS with the Metabones IV adapter.

Sony A7Sii

If you shoot more video than still, this can really be tempting.  It’s the same sensor as the previous version, but this generation adds 4k and in-body stabilization.

 

Sony A6300

Just about the perfect B-cam for the A7Rii.  APSC-C sensor, but also superfast focus, 4K recording, slog2 and 3.  It’s the A7 series in crop mode with no stabilization, and a third of the price.