Magic Lantern for Canon T2i/550D

Written by Cedric on . Posted in DSLR

If you own a Canon T2i/550D this is going to be very exciting for you. A group of independent filmmakers have worked very hard to tweak Canon’s DSLR firmware and add lots of goodies for shooting video. Manual audio gain, onscreen audio meters, Zebra… (I’ll let you read all the added features below). I tried it and it is very impressive.


You can support the project and donate here
For the T2i/550D instructions go here

Adding this firmware will take your $800 camera and turn it into a $2000 beast

Magic Lantern 0.2.0 for 550D firmware 1.0.9:

  • GUI menus: press the ERASE button to display them, SET/DISP to change values
  • Bit rate control (QScale parameter) for the H.264 encoder
  • Zebra stripes for overexposed / underexposed areas
  • Spotmeter, histogram
  • Cropmarks (16:9, Cinemascope, Fisheye)
  • Intervalometer (classic or HDR)
  • Trap Focus: camera takes a picture when something comes in focus
  • Remote release with either the LCD face sensor or audio trigger
  • Rack focus
  • Stack focus (Live View only)
  • Lens data computation
  • Onscreen audio meters
  • Manual audio gain, selectable input source, disable AGC and digital filters
  • Display time remaining during video recording
  • Debug functions (display CMOS temperature, screenshot, logging)
  • Fine tuning for ISO and shutter speeds; also ISO 25600
  • Kelvin white balance
  • Clean LiveView display without any overlays (selectable)
  • On-demand auto tuning for ISO, shutter & kelvin white balance
  • Quick access to some useful settings like HTP, ALO and contrast


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is a a San Francisco based filmmaker - Founder of Story Eyed Media LLC. He is a graduate of the International Institute of Image and Sound of Paris, France. Over the past 10 years, Cedric has worked on documentaries and news reports around the world.

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