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CanonMT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash
 
4.7

(based on 96 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent output (46)
  • Good power output (44)
  • Versatile (44)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Durable (40)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (12)
  • Heavy (8)
  • Not interchangeable (7)

Best Uses

  • Macro (33)
  • Fill flash (20)
  • General purpose (18)
  • Portraits (11)
  • Night photography (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (38), Enthusiast (14), Pro photographer (11), Semi-professional (10), Semi-pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54), Yes (3)

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

Great addition to my gear!

By ACB

from South Carolina

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro In Low Light

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

    If you are looking for a way to improve your macro shots of small moving subjects in less than ideal light, this is effective. The variations for directing your light is endless although, I have found that turning the heads completely inward produces a very unpleasant haze. I am assuming that it results from the light reflecting off of the mounting gear. Other angles work fine. The light produced is somewhat harsh but since I shoot in raw I can make corrections in post. I use it with my canon 100mm macro and it fits fine without the use of an adapter. I am not sure how useful it would be on a regular lens.

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    5.0

    The flexibility is worth it

    By Bill in PA

    from Milroy, PA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful Output
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

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

      I invested in this light rather than a ring light alternative. I've found the flexibility to be worth every nickel - the ability to balance light between the two heads, move the heads to the best angle, and take advantage of the extra power for a little longer range.

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      5.0

      Macro star

      By Len the man

      from Troy MI

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Macro

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

      For macro work, it's very versatile and consistent. By varying the position and/or the intensity of each flash independently, one can achieve really interesting shadow modeling, much better than a single ringflash.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Must for macro photography

      By Kevin

      from Houston, TX

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful Output

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Photography

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

        This is a must for me for macro photography. The only downfall is that you need to buy a 67 macrolite adapter to attach it to the 100mm macro L lens, and then also a 58mm lens cap to keep the lens covered when the twin flash is attached but not in use. Even though its for macro, you can use it to take normal flash photos that fill the subject very nicely. It works beautifully with macro but the light is usually harsh and creates some unwanted glare even when i use polarizers and diffusers.

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The indespensible MT-24EX Macro Flash

        By Wil

        from Hedgesville, WV

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            This is a must have tool for 1:1 macro work, especially with live subjects. The unit is light weight, easy to attach, and easy to adjust. With the latest Canon EOS digital SLRs, the flash provides splendid light using ETTL and the flash exposure compensation adjustments in the camera. The built-in focusing lights of the MT-24EX are a game saver in low light and nighttime shooting situations. I can't wait to see what they do for the much needed updating of this unit. LED focusing lights would be brighter and would save battery life.
            All-in-all a terrific unit that is always in my kit.

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            5.0

            Super versitile

            By Dragon Studio

            from Virginia Beach

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Not Interchangeable

            Best Uses

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

              I use this flash whenever I'm shooting macro. It's a great flash setup. It's very versatile. You have full 360 degree manipulation of the flashes and you can remove them to mount on a stand. You can also fire a third flash with the unit.

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              5.0

              Love it!

              By Wheezie

              from Michigan

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

              I have had this about a week and a half, and I haven't taken it off since I pu t it one. I use it with the Canon 100mm L macro lens and it opens up all kinds of new possibilities. I had played with the idea of getting one that was much less expensive, but in the end decided I wanted the quality, the versitility and the longevity. This Flash is everything I could have hoped for, it meets all my needs and more.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Tool To Have

                By Tony

                from Baytown, TX

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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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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great flash!

                  By Paul S.

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Necessary evil

                                      By Vastari

                                      from Reykjavik

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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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