Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

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Product Highlights

  • Guide Number of 72 (feet, @ ISO 100)

Canon MT-24EX Overview

  • 1Description

The MT-24EX is a twin-flash set-up (similar to a ringflash) for the EOS system that has every feature and capability imaginable. Employing Canon's E-TTL, it takes full advantage of the flash performance of the EOS-1V, EOS-3, and other E-TTL supported cameras by allowing for shutter speeds above the normal sync range. Twin flashes fire at even power, or can be varied over an eight-stop range for dramatic directional lighting that emphasizes the relief of the subject. One or more 580EX, 550EX, 430 EX, or 420EX Speedlites can be used as wireless slaves along with the MT-24EX. The controller unit has an illuminated, informative LCD panel. Accepts optional hi-capacity battery packs.

Ratio Control
Manual mode permits variable power from full to 1/64th
E-TTL
Wireless autoflash is capable in conjunction with one or more 580EX or 550EX flashes
Direct attachment
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro (non-IS version), and MP-E 65mm Macrophoto lenses require no adapters. The EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM is usable via Macrolite Adapter 72C, and EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM via use of Macrolite Adapter 67. Or can be used with other lenses with the use of a matching Macrolite adapter.
Preview Results
Incandescent focusing lamps and two forms of modeling flash permit observation of lighting effects
Illuminated LCD Panel
Ease of flash settings in all lighting conditions is assured
Seven Custom Functions
A myriad of controls for the more personal enjoyment, such as metering patterns, slave function & more
Multiple Power Sources
Alkaline, lithium, Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries as well as Compact Battery Pack CP-E2 & Transistor Pack E are all usable
In the Box
Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash
  • Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Canon MT-24EX Specs

    Type Flash
    Mount Handle
    Guide No. 72' / 21.95 m ISO 100 at 50 mm Position
    Effective Range 16.4' / 5.00 m
    Modeling Light Yes
    Angle of Coverage 80°
    Vari-Power 1/1 to 1/64
    TTL Dedication Yes
    Recycle Time Approximately 4 to 7 Seconds
    Filter Thread 58 mm
    Side Wings Yes
    Display Yes
    Power Source 4 x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
    Ring Dimensions (WxHxD) 9.3 x 3.5 x 1.9" / 23.5 x 9.0 x 4.9 cm
    Power Unit Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.9 x 5.0 x 3.8" / 7.4 x 12.6 x 9.7 cm
    Weight 14.25 oz / 403.99 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.976 x 5.748 x 4.488"

    Canon MT-24EX Reviews

    MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 104.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important to my Macro work I have had this flash unit for 5-6 years and have never had a problem. I chase bugs and therefore handhold. Would be impossible without this flash. I have Kirk and RRS flash brackets for my 580 and 600 but they are bulky and hard to maneuver in tight spots. And the bracket set-up is heavy. I can carry the MT24 on a 180mm and 7D MkII for hours. I have fallen in a river and submerged it and my 7D MkII and 180mm. All survived unscathed. Certainly not recommended but proves it durability. Camera and flash fell 4 feet to the floor and still functions perfectly. Takes great images. As to the adapters, expensive but necessary annoyance. If I have a complaint it is that once in a while I see a shot that is 10-12+ feet away and the flash won't reach that far... but it is not supposed to. After I tried to drown and then drop the flash I decided I couldn't live without it and purchased a back-up unit. Worth every penny.
    Date published: 2016-09-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for macro, but with long-term issues I've used the MT24 on the 5D2 and the 5DsR for the past few years. It works well on the MP-E 65, the 180 Macro and the Zeiss 100 macroplanar. Adjustment options with angling light, ratio control, rotation, are all working fine. For the MPE65, at >3:1, the flash rather illuminates the background because the flash-heads cannot be angled sufficiently steep/brought sufficiently close to the lens barrel. Then it is better to mount them on independent supports (Wimberley lamps). The flash also performs well with z-stacking; I routinely shoot 60-120 frames stacks at about 2 second intervals using a Cogynysis Stackshot motorized rail. The light is rather harsh, so a Stofen diffuser attachment is necessary, possibly even add further softening diffusors. Canon has no diffusors available. With MPE 65 at high magnifications, the coiled cables connecting the flatheads to the controller are a bit short. 50% longer would not hurt at all. In such cases, I connect the flash with a TTL cable, and move the controller unit forward. One let-down is that with around 10-20K flashes, it needed repairs twice because one of the flash head stopped firing. The long-term reliability is not what I would expect from such a rather pricey flash. I would think on the order of 200K flashes would be a reasonable time when a flash needs some TLC.
    Date published: 2016-04-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great addition to my gear! 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.
    Date published: 2015-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The flexibility is worth it 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.
    Date published: 2015-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Macro star 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.
    Date published: 2015-08-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must for macro photography 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.
    Date published: 2015-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The indespensible MT-24EX Macro 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super versitile 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.
    Date published: 2014-08-27
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    I have a sigma 105mm macro. Which device do i nee t attach this cannon macro Twin flash?
    Asked by: Rodrigo R.
    there is an adapter (macro twin lite adapter) for Canon 100 ef lens you may have to add some extra adapters to reach macro twin lite adapter. You can use a lens that does need an adapter and then you can attach the filter between the adapter and the lens but not between the flash and the adapter. And the filter needs front filter threads.
    Answered by: baris u.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    can i attach this to tokina 100 mm lense?
    Asked by: layla a.
    The filter threat size on the Tokina lens is 55mm. The thread size for the adapter for the flash is 58mm. So, a step-up filter adapter would be required (55 to 58mm).
    Answered by: Wilbur H.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Are there double diffusers for use for the MT-24EX?
    Asked by: Leonard M.
    Available at B&H:
    Answered by: Robert S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    I have a Canon 65 mm Macro MP-E lens. I know that generally the MT-24EX is a more flexible lighting option, but I'm wondering if there is there any advantage of the ring light RM-14EX over this flash on this particular lens? What adaptor would I need for the 65 mm lens?
    Asked by: Michael M.
    I too have a Canon MP-E 65mm Macro lens. Plus the MT-24EX which I find very useful because I can cast shadows wherever I want. The MR-14EX ring flash would eliminate all shadows. So it depends on what you want: shadows or no shadows? Your subject matter might influence this decision. Both the MT-24EX & the MR-14EX attach to the MP-E 65mm Macro without adapters. Also the MR-14EX will not accept any filters when used with the MP-E 65mm Macro; the MT-24 EX has a 58mm filter thread built in.
    Answered by: Robert S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Is it possible to connect this to a PocketWizard Plus II?
    Asked by: Samantha V.
    Yes, you will need an adapter to connect a Pocketwizard Plus II, III and X to it.The adapter is Paramount Miniphone (Pocket Wizard) to Female Hot Shoe Sync Cord - 1' Straight B&H # PAMHSF1 MFR # 17PWMHSF1.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    can this flash be used on a sony a7r in manual mode -- would the flash fire?
    Asked by: Gerald
    The connection is a standard flash connection. So if third party flashes work on your a7r you could probably use this in manual mode. If I were you I would take my a7r into B&H and try it. They have a demo you could test on your a7r and the guys there are quite helpful.
    Answered by: LIAM P C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Is there anyway possible to use the Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash with the Canon EF 24-70mm L USM lens? The lens takes a 77mm filter. Is there anyone that makes an adapter?
    Asked by: skip
    I doubt it. But you can buy a pair of very small hot shoe flash units and then get a bracket that screws into the tripod hole on the bottom of the camera. Same effect, but you have to use a cloth or a filter of some kind to diminish the strength of one of the flashes so they work together as a primary-plus-fill flash pair.
    Answered by: Diane V.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Is it possible to remove the flashes from the ring mount and use them as regular non-macro flashes? Would an additional flash mount be needed? Could this product be used as a dual purpose flash?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Canon MT-24EX is designed to be used as a macro flash. If you are looking for a compact Canon flash to be used as a normal flash unit, I advise you to take a look at the Canon 430 EX II: http://bhpho.to/1kxamid
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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