Magic Lantern Hack Brings Super Wide Dynamic Range to Canon 7D/5D MKIII

Earlier this week the relentless guys from Magic Lantern released yet another hack for Canon cameras. This time around they decided to take on the dynamic range of two of the most popular cameras on the Canon pro line – the EOS 7D and the EOS 5D MKIII.

According to the developers:  “The new ‘trick’ samples half of the sensor at ISO 100 and the other half at ISO 1600. For example. If you mix these two, you can get almost the entire dynamic range the sensor is capable of (around 14 stops)”. The guys post this hack with the regular warning: “We don’t pay for repairs. Use it at your own risk” – so keep that in mind before you try anything.

Today photographer Michael Anthony posted a short video comparison of the new hack (see video above) with a normal RAW shot with a 5D MKIII. You can read more about how he used the hack on planet5d and you learn more about the hack itself on the original Magic Lantern post.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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