Is Canon Planning On Blocking Magic Lantern ?

Jan 4, 2015

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Is Canon Planning On Blocking Magic Lantern ?

Jan 4, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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A photo of the new firmware version posted by 'skrull' on the Magic Lantern forums
A photo of the new firmware version posted by ‘skrull’ on the Magic Lantern forums

A Canon 5D Mark III owner reported on the Magic Lantern forums that he is unable to install the popular software on his new camera, which he purchased several weeks ago.

According to the owner, his camera is running firmware version 1.3.3, which does not appear on Canon’s website and is not supported by Magic Lantern. It is also worth mentioning that the user states he was unable to downgrade the firmware to an earlier version that is supported by the third-party software.

Assuming this is true, is it simply an updated firmware version that hasn’t made its way to Canon’s support website and the Magic Lantern team, or is Canon aiming to cripple your camera?

Another possibility to consider is that Canon isn’t after the feature-enhancing software, which could very likely create a workaround, and that the actual purpose of the firmware update is to prevent the use of third-party batteries.

This would not be the first time Canon cut out third-party batteries. Reports of incompatibility were made when Canon updated the 5D Mark III’s firmware to version 1.2.1 and 1.2.2/1.2.3.

We have seen a similar move from Nikon as well, when they updated the firmware of the lower-end DSLR’s, but users were still able to roll back the camera’s firmware version.

All that being said, there are a few things to keep in mind before getting the pitchforks. Firstly, the original forum post that created the buzz around this topic was written by a brand new member. It was his first post on the Magic Lantern forums and he has not written another message since.

Also, a Canon Rumors forum member states that his 5D Mark III returned last week from Canon’s New Jersey service center and it was only updated to version 1.2.3. It is common practice for new cameras, and then serviced cameras, to receive firmware updates before they are made available for download, but seems like this is not the case. While we do not know the original poster’s location, it does not seem likely that the new firmware version was released only in a certain area.

It looks like we will have to wait and see what is really going on, but this issue does raise a good question – should manufacturers be allowed to limit the functionality of your camera in order to raise their revenue?

[via Magic Lantern forum via Canon Rumors]

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13 responses to “Is Canon Planning On Blocking Magic Lantern ?”

  1. John Elkins Avatar
    John Elkins

    They took a hint from the K-cup

  2. joncam Avatar
    joncam

    In that case I’ll slap a canon label on it and put it back on my camera. Lol

  3. David Hennes Avatar
    David Hennes

    Noooooo

  4. KL1 Avatar
    KL1

    are you an idiot or are you just trying hard?
    how is canon releasing a new firmware “crippling the camera”.. get a life.

    1. Allen Mowery Avatar
      Allen Mowery

      I guess it all depends on one’s definition of functionality.

  5. David DiCarlo Avatar
    David DiCarlo

    Some hardware change could easily be the reason for older firmware not working.

  6. Mike Dimit Avatar
    Mike Dimit

    So if I buy a new car I should buy only one brand of fuel?!?!? Canon could not be so stupid!!

  7. Juraj Pistansky Avatar
    Juraj Pistansky
  8. Luke Kliman Avatar
    Luke Kliman

    It’s a sad day :(

  9. JOhn C Avatar
    JOhn C

    So a whole article based on a new forum member with no other corroborating posts? Now that’s news.

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      you can follow the original post, there are some good and bad news there….

  10. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    Send a donation to Magic Lantern and they’ll fix it. The End.

  11. 孟恬 Avatar
    孟恬

    A few people I know bought canon cameras – when deciding between Nikon and canon – because they saw me using magic lantern…