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The MacroTwin Lite MT-24EX Canon flash incorporates E-TTL flash technology to give properly balanced exposure, even under difficult lighting situations. When used in conjunction with Speedlite 580EX and EXII units, wireless control of up to three slave groups can be achieved.The control unit has a large easy to read LCD panel adopting the familiar layout of other Speedlite models. The EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens requires Macro Lite Adaptor 72C and the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens requires the Macro Lite Adaptor 67C. More
The flash mount ring attaches directly to the objective end of the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens or Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x f/2.8 Macro Lens. Mounting the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash on the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro lens requires the optional modestly-priced Canon Macro Lite Adapter 72C. The Canon 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM lens requires the Macro Lite Adapter 67C adapter ring
Automatic flash metering
Compatible with all EOS digital SLR cameras, the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX offers fully automatic E-TTL II flash metering for accurate flash exposures in all situations. Each flash head has a Guide Number of 12 giving a combined power of Guide Number 24. This provides enough flash power even when working at high magnifications.
Control the two flash heads together or independently for creative results. Adjust the ratio control between the flash heads within a six-stop range to create complex lighting effects.
A circular lens mount* allows the twin lites to be rotated around the lens for lighting either from the sides or above and below. Remove the two flash heads from the mounting ring and place them separately for greater control over light direction or more complex lighting.
* The EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens requires Macro Lite Adaptor 72C and the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens requires Macro Lite Adaptor 67C.
Wireless Master flash
Use the wireless master function to trigger remote EX-Series Speedlites. Controlling a third lighting group of one or more slave Speedlites enables you to light other areas of the scene, like the background, more effectively.
Working at high magnifications can make focusing difficult. A focusing light on each flash head provides subject illumination to aid manual focusing.
Two different modelling flash settings enable you to fire a strobe pre-flash with the depth-of-field preview button. The default setting fires the two tubes at the appropriate power setting to allow accurate judgment of where shadows will fall.
Powered by 4xAA batteries or external power packs like the CP-E4, the MT-24EX is lightweight and portable. AA batteries provide fast recycling so you can continue to shoot without having to wait between shots.
With nine Custom Functions, the MT-24EX can be tailored to suit your personal requirements.
A button on the flash mount ring releases four catches and allows it to slide over the end of the lens (after the lens cap and hood are removed). The lens cap and hood can be reattached to the flash mount ring. The flash mount ring can rotate to and lock in the position you wish by pressing/releasing the button.
Two small flash heads (marked A and B for their respective IDs) mount to the flash mount ring (thus its name). They slide and snap into mini flash shoes. A button press on each individual flash head mount is required to release the heads.
Each flash head can be individually tilted in and out (friction-held with click stops). As well, each head can be individually rotated around the ring (requires a release button to be held in). And again, the flash mount ring itself can be rotated - rotating both flash heads simultaneously.
The flash heads do not even need to remain in their mounts. Remove one or both and position them exactly where you want them.
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Expensive, but worth the money
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Comments about Canon MT-24 EX Macro Twin Lite:
I wouldn't say this is essential for macro photography, but if you can afford the high price tag it is certainly an excellent piece of kit which does give more flexibility with macro setups. It is very well built, simple and intuitive to use in its most basic settings and gives almost limitless lighting possibilities with some of the advanced configuration options. It is very well built (and consequently it is quite heavy). I'm very pleased that I finally invested in the MT24EX as I had been toying with the idea of buying it for a long time. It is an excellent piece of kit which has helped advance my macro photography. Now I wonder how I ever managed without it.
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I bought the MT-24 to use with my MP-E65 macro lens. Because the MT-24 fits on the end of the lens, when the lens is fully extended I still get the same amount of light, which is essential at the higher magnifications of the MP-E65.I also use the MT-24 on my 100mm macro lens too and it works great.The only cons about this lens is that for the best quality macros you need to diffuse the light because out of the box it is quite harsh but, not unusable.The controller of the flash is also quite large and bulky which can be a bit of a pain but, you do get used to it, and it's less bulky than a 600EX-RT that I used before :)
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Ultimate micro-flash system
By Reed In'jun
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
This micro-photography flash attachment is truly 'out of the box' usage or application. Produces awesome lighting for very close up photography - ideall usage with macro lenses: like MP-E 65 mm or 100 mm. However with Sto-Fen diffuser (not included in the kit) delivers excellent even illumination over the entire subject. One major down-side - is the extra costs of the accessories that should be included in the kit, e.g. lens adapters, diffuser. Having said that, money well spent for capturing unique micro subjects and perfectly exposed images!
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