Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

March 2, 2012

Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras – Product Description:

Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash A versatile, adaptable lighting system for macro, scientific, medical, industrial, commercial, and advertising photography.

Product Features :

  • When used with Speedlite 550EX units, wireless control of up to three slave groups is possible, with first or second curtain synchronization
  • Mounting ring can be attached directly to the front of the macro lens
  • Forward tilting control unit will not hit flash, even when mounting ring is rotated to full 50° extent
  • Large, easily read LCD panel
  • Includes dedicated hood eliminates flare when used with Canon MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5X

Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras – Review:

CANON MT24-EX MACRO TWIN LIGHT!

After years of manual flash macro work, recently in digital format with extension tubes on the Canon 100mm macro lens, I decided to cast a onsiderable sum of money at this twin light. Where I used to struggle just to get the correct exposure, now I’m able to concentrate on background (no night-looking flash fall-off anymore) and on modeling the light — including little shiny aphids tended by ants! If you’re serious about great macro work — this is the flash to have.

I was worried about breaking the hot-shoe mount with rough field work, but the 45 degree angle of the mount adds stability. Even so, I bent up an aluminum strap bracket in my shop that surrounds the camera and flash — a camera “roll bar.”

There’s a bit of a learning curve — but when I tried manually setting the aperature (f22 is my lens’s “sweet spot”) and a shutter speed of 1/200 — ISO 100 — all of the exposures were perfect, because the ETTL function “dials in” the foregrand and background appropriately. I’ve used the same manual settings for just the macro lens, and for many variations of one to three extension tubes.

I’ve retired my 25 year-old Cokin flash unit that has served me so well with guess-timate exposures.

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