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CanonMT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash
 
4.7

(based on 89 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent output (43)
  • Good power output (40)
  • Versatile (39)
  • Durable (38)
  • Easy to use (37)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (11)
  • Heavy (8)
  • Not interchangeable (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro (32)
  • Fill flash (20)
  • General purpose (18)
  • Portraits (11)
  • Night photography (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (34), Enthusiast (14), Semi-professional (10), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Canon MT-24EX versus MR-14EX

I owned Canon's Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and later replaced it with the Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite. I have taken thousands of close-up pics with both, so this review will assist...Read complete review

I owned Canon's Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and later replaced it with the Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite. I have taken thousands of close-up pics with both, so this review will assist those considering both these options.

These flash units are essential if you are a serious about macro photography. You will be using these units for one of the following reasons:

• As a primary light source when there is insufficient ambient light for sharp images or to obtain good depth of field.

• As a primary light source to create a 'black background' around the macro subject, a look unnatural to my eye but liked by some.

• In bright sunlight/high shadow conditions as fill-flash to create more even light and reduce contrast.

The Twin Lite MT-24EX is a better solution to the Ring Lite MR-14EX in nearly all respects, as follows:

• The dual, directed light sources create subtle shadows and a more natural and pleasing three dimensional effect. The Ring Lite MR-14EX on the other hand produces a comparatively flat looking image.

• The MT-24EX can project light some distance, well beyond the range of the MR-14EX. There will often be times, for example when after taking a close-up of the flower of some shaded forest herb one will want to shoot a little further back to frame a larger part of the plant. The MT-24EX is superbly versatile in this respect, whereas if you have the MR-14EX attached to your lens, at this stage you will often have a problem, as it may not project light far enough to obtain a well exposed image.

The MR-14EX is only slightly superior to the MT-24EX in one aspect, namely that for close up work it emits a more diffuse light which can be preferable when some subjects are comprised of pale or pastel colours (such as white or mauve flowers).

If you can afford it, the MT-24EX is to be much preferred. It does what the MR-14EX does at extreme close up, provides a more pleasing, three dimensional image, and is versatile enough to transit between close-up and greater distance photography between shots, which is a major advantage and convenience.

The MT-24EX with its E-TTL functionality produces consistently well exposed images, and the control unit interface allows for tweaking of light output if one is not quite satisfied with the result.

This product does what any macro photographer needs it to do, namely capture great close-up images. However, there are a few niggles that detract a little from an excellent product.

The control unit is somewhat somewhat bulky and dated, and in need of a refresh (as occurred when the Speedlite 580EX replaced the 550EX some years ago).

The arms that connect the main unit to the lamps can be quite floppy when one uses it on the end of the short EF-S 60 mm macro lens and these can then get in the way during close-up positioning – in this regard the Nikon solution is neater.

The attachment ring is designed for a 52 mm diameter lens whereas Canon's premium macro lens , the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM has a 67 mm diameter. One needs to buy the 67 Macrolite Adapter to ensure compatibility, which is not an optimum solution, partly because the attachment is less secure than the end of a lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good flash, old technology

This flash appears to be very good at providing light in macro situations. It allows powering both lights individually and you can rotate them around the lens (to a point). However, this...Read complete review

This flash appears to be very good at providing light in macro situations. It allows powering both lights individually and you can rotate them around the lens (to a point). However, this flash is using noticably older tech than the 580 EXII, which is very quiet, has a better mounting system onto the flash shoe, and offers more custom functions. The MT-24EX feels quite old by comparison.

Finally, this flash will not fit on my 100mm f2.8 IS Macro without an adapter, and when you use the adapter, the flash will not fit on the adapter if you have a lens filter on the adapter. You have to put the lens filter on the front thread of the flash mount. Overall this is very unacceptable. This flash is quite expensive, and given the popularity of the new 100mm IS Macro, this flash should be bundled with the adapter, or better yet, updated to new tech and actually made to fit the new flagship macro.

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4.0

An excellent tool for macro work.

By Nick

from Melbourne, Australia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful Output
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash

    Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

    A great way to light up those tricky macro subjects. Previously, I'd used a Canon 580EX II off camera (with spiral cord) to assist in macro flash work. But hand holding the OC flash made it difficult to work with. This unit frees up my hand and allows me to concentrate on the subject.

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    4.0

    Great Tool To Have

    By Tony

    from Baytown, TX

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    Pros

      Cons

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          Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

          Great way to light macro subjects. Lots of options to position the heads as well as individual power settings to each head. It is a bit ungainly getting it set up with the cables and brackets and heads. But once mounted, it's good to go.

          It does feel just a bit dated construction wise, but hey, light is light.

          I highly recommend the sto-fen diffusers. The light is just to harsh without them.

          I'm pleased.

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          5.0

          Awesome dental flash set up

          By Louis J Feldman DDS

          from Cape May, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Adjustable To Provide Ide
          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dental Intraoral Photogra

            Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

            This flash makes every dental photo we take perfect in terms of lighting and shade fidelity.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Flash

            By Bill

            from Blue Mountain Beach, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful Output
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • No Audible Alerts
            • Recessed Control Buttons

            Best Uses

            • Macro

            Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

            I bought the 100mm 2.8L macro lens and a Canon extension tube about a year ago. Even in bright daylight, I couldn't get the results that I was hoping for (insects). I just didn't have enough light / speed. I was pretty disappointed and figured, I'd already spent well over a grand, I may as well throw in for a proper flash. If I have ALL the equipment, it then just becomes a matter of skill and technique. I really agonized over spending the additional money - this thing ain't cheap. I'm glad I did. This flash really makes the prior investment seem good.

            I don't consider myself a good photographer - just a guy who gets lucky once in a while. I've only had the flash for about a week now and have had one session with it. Right out of the box, my photos have improved dramatically and I couldn't be happier. The attached shots aren't technically good, but I feel like I'm in the ballpark and can't wait to see what I'm doing with this lens and flash combination six months from now. I did by the lens diffuser caps. At this very early stage, my only complaint is that there is no audible signal to tell me the flash has recycled and I'm ready for the next shot. Shooting skittish insects, all your attention is on the subject and you don't have time to look away at the pilot light.

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            5.0

            great flash!

            By Paul S.

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                I purchased this to replace a ring flash for dental intraoral photos. I am very pleased with the lighting!

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                4.0

                Great Flash but improvements are needed

                By www.facebook.com/MacroscopicSolutions

                from Coventry, Connecticut

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable

                Cons

                • Poorly Diffused

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                  We use this flash to freeze microscopic fibers that move on microscopic objects. The flash allows for sharpness that is beyond compare; however, it doesn't transfer light to the object in the best way possible. This HAS to be tweaked. Significant research and development is needed to properly diffuse the light.

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                  4.0

                  New World of Macro

                  By History Guy

                  from Great Falls, MT

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Beware The Extra Parts

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                    This is a terrific piece of equipment with a lot of built in flexibility. There is one significant catch--if you don't own a Canon macro lens, there are extra conversion parts needed to attach the flash to the lens you do use--and right now, the Canon 58c adapter is not available. Without it, using this is generally a pain. When it finally arrives, I'll probably absolutely love what it helps me do. I shoot flowers and insects on site, so having a flash that stays in place at different angles is critical.

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                    5.0

                    My First Macro Flash

                    By Ted

                    from Danville PA

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                      I love the ability to adjust the position of each flash on the ring. The ring itself can rotate to maximize creativity. It was well worth saving for.

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                      5.0

                      Accurate flash.

                      By Luccas

                      from Curitiba, Brasil

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                          Amazing quality. I have owned the MR-14EX and this is just unbelievably better. Just for the option that allows you to control how much light you want makes it all worth.

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                          5.0

                          Good Flash

                          By Star

                          from Rapid City, SD

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                            Decide on the 24ex right a way. I have a EF 180 Macro and the 72mm ring work good.

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                            5.0

                            Great flash. Does its job well

                            By Akwei

                            from DEnver, Colorado

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Powerful Output
                            • Works great

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                can perform excellent lighting under the most critical conditions in close-up work. Great for jewelry, insects, flowers, and faces.

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                                3.0

                                Convenient

                                By MiniMax

                                from Australia

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                                Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                Pros
                                - convenient for MP-E65 as its lens length varies
                                - can be effective at higher magnification
                                - adjustable mount

                                Cons
                                - harsh light, esp from reflective surfaces
                                - not as suitable for longer length lenses
                                - cheaper alternatives available
                                - mounting adapter for Canon 100L costs extra

                                While a decent flash I could only recommend this flash if it is to be used with the Canon MP-E65. Even then the light can be harsh. On longer macro lenses I'd use an off-camera bracket (with or without the MT24EX heads) to move the flash(es) away from the lens axis.

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                                5.0

                                Necessary evil

                                By Vastari

                                from Reykjavik

                                About Me Casual Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lots Of Creative Options
                                • Powerful Output
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Bulky
                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro

                                Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                Gotta have it for serious macro. Using diffusers as the flash is pretty harsh.

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                                5.0

                                Go BIG or go home!

                                By Tello

                                from Hampton Roads, VA

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast Recycling
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Fill Flash
                                • General Use

                                Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                Couldn't decide between the 24EX versus 14EX...had a hard time justifying the extra $ but in the end bough the 24EX. Glad I did! I'm having a blast with this unit. Superb lighting and the images pop out! Negative: don't really care for the bulky size and hot shoe locking mechanism. I'm sure Canon can improve on this.

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                                5.0

                                it is good

                                By marina

                                from BH

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                                Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                goos price, good quality

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                                5.0

                                The perfect macro light system

                                By Mystic Piet

                                from Mystic ct

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast Recycling
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash

                                  Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                  Perfect for macros. Aiming lights and flexibility are perfect

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                                  5.0

                                  MT 24EX Macro Twin Lite

                                  By Ray

                                  from Kirkland, WA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Recycling
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                    Versatile and very adaptable. Expensive, but intricate design is impressive. Everything about this flash is adaptable. Recommend getting the flash diffusers. I'm using it for macro product photography with a 150mm macro lens. A nice accessory would be a separation bar to move the two flash units further apart. Currently hand holding one of the flash units as needed. System works well. Worth the investment.

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                                    4.0

                                    Meets my Expectations

                                    By Max

                                    from Benton, AR

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Fast Recycling
                                    • Powerful Output
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fill Flash
                                      • General Use

                                      Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                      I use this product mainly for macro photography, nature, flowers bugs and spiders. When in burst mode I get 4-6 shots, that helps me when I want to focus stack. I like having so many axix of adjustment for the flashes and I am only beginning to explore the flexibility this offers.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Macro Flash

                                      By Steve the Botanist

                                      from Napa, CA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast Recycling
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Powerful Output
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Fill Flash
                                        • General Use
                                        • Macro Subjets

                                        Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                        This flash unit easily attaches to the Canon lenses (a variety with use of 67 and 72 mm adaptors). The controls are clearly explaiined in the manual and almost completely intuituve on the unit. Also, the flashes can be removed from the flash control arms, placed on additional extension arms, and configured to illuminate a variety of subjects for flexible macro uses.

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                                        4.0

                                        Expensive but works well

                                        By The hiker

                                        from Meriden, CT

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                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Fast Recycling
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash:

                                            Being able to adjust the position and flash ratio of each macro flash head allows for flexibility and produces great results. You can even remove the heads and place them off-camera. I used this flash to photograph butterflies with a 90mm macro lens and the results were excellent. You can even use this flash as a master to control another flash as a slave.

                                            I wish this product were not as expensive and was wireless like Nikon's equivalent. The wires can get in the way. The Nikon is both wireless and less expensive. Also not sure how powerful this flash is if one were to use it with a 180mm or longer lens.

                                            All in all I would recommend this flash for anyone looking for a macro flash setup. Don't forget to check if you need an adapter to mount the flash to your lens.

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