My wife has a fancy new camera – the Canon EOS 6D. It’s an amazing camera with many features, but it is missing one important feature that her old Rebel T2i had – the ability to take multiple shots on a timer. Fortunately, there is a way to add that feature and many more to her camera with a custom firmware known as Magic Lantern. Magic Lantern works alongside the camera firmware and boots from the SD card. It’s pretty neat.
To install Magic Lantern on my wife’s 6D I had to jump through a few minor hoops. Her camera came with a newer firmware than what Magic Lantern supports, so I had to downgrade it. Once that was done I had to wipe her SD card and install the necessary files, then reboot the camera.
My wife’s camera shipped with firmware version 1.1.4, which is a revision too new. It was difficult to hunt down an old version of the firmware but I eventually found it here. In case that link breaks, I’ve uploaded it here. The steps to downgrade are as follows:
- Copy the FIR file into the root directory of the card.
- Move the dial to set the camera into P mode
- Insert the SD card and turn the camera on
- Press the Multi-controller to select the “Firmware Ver.x.x.x” item at the bottom of the “Set-up 4 (Yellow)”, and then press the <SET> button.
- Select [OK] and press <set> and follow the instructions on the screen.
- Once it’s complete, power off and remove the battery for 2 seconds
Install Magic Lantern
- Copy the necessary magic lantern files to the root of the card. (alternate link)
- Go back to the firmware upload screen and initiate another update. This time magic lantern will load and tell you when it’s OK to restart the camera.
- Turn the camera off and pull the battery for two seconds.
- Tun the camera back on and press the trash can button to access additional features (thanks to this youtube video for helping me figure that last critical part out.)
Done! My wife’s amazing camera just got a lot more amazing.
Speaking of my wife, she’s using the camera I modded with Magic Lantern to take AMAZING pictures! Check out her work at https://emilyjeppson.com