This is the second part of my Magic Lantern Raw test series, but this time based off of the Canon 50D.

Just from initial impressions, the body is more robust than the 60D and the CF card controller allows for much higher data transfers. Anyone familiar w/ the 5D or 7D bodies will be at home here.

While this was an unscientific test, I wanted to go through several real-world conditions. Extreme latitude differences, resolution tests, texture, framerate stability and motion conditions. I was able to maintain 1592x840 16:9 resolution with very little problems.

I can confidently say that I would use this initially for short films and commercials and with the final builds, move on to larger budget features.

As I said in my previous video, raw isn’t for anyone. It isn’t very economical for documentary work (other than interviews) and for fast hand-off footage, it wouldn’t be my first choice. However, for concentrated, planned workflows, raw just can’t be beaten. The resolution, latitude and overall flexibility of the files are second to none.

Even in the early code, this is a home run!

Nikkor AI-S 28mm f/2.8
Nikkor AI 35-70mm f/3.5

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