For macro photography / close-up photography, the availability of light is a major factor. Unfortunately when you’re up-close and personal, it is very difficult to actually get the proper lighting over the subject. Standard ring lights are often blamed for being too flat and as such often not having the desired effect. The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX offers an unique lighting proposition for macro photography enthusiasts.
The two heads of the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX can be rotated around the lens, detached from the mount and independently pointed at the subject or used to bounce off light. They can be controlled wirelessly using E-TTL flash control using one or many 550EX and/or 420EX controlling units.
The flash duration can be controlled as per requirement. One can use 1 second burst at 70Hz in E-TTL or in manual modes. With C.Fn 4-1 (on MT-24EX) it is possible to fire a uniform 1 second burst at 70Hz using a Canon EOS digital SLR.
A variety of custom functions are possible on the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX. Apart from what the camera functions offer there are 9 custom functions on the MT-24EX. Apart from that a host of exposure control modes including variable to ratio control are possible.
Guide number for the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX is (when both the lights are fully charged and are firing in unison) 72 (feet) / 22 (m), at ISO 100. The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX is powered by 2 AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, rechargeable Ni-Cd or Ni-MH).
Sample Images by Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX on Flickr
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Specifications
|Type||Macro flash unit with adjustable and removable twin straight flash heads; separate controller unit attaches to camera’s hot shoe|
|Guide Number||(with both tubes firing at full power) 72 (feet) / 22 (m), at ISO 100|
|Auto Settings||Auto Distance Range 16.4′ (based on 100/2.8 macro & ISO 100 film)
Auto f/Stops TTL automation at all F-stops
|Angle of Coverage||80° in both vertical & horizontal angles|
|Recycle Time||7 seconds (full power w/ alkaline batteries)
4 seconds (full power w/ Ni-Cd batteries)
|Power Source||4 AA batteries in controller unit (Alkaline, Lithium, rechargeable Ni-Cd or Ni-MH AAs are OK)
Optional Power Source: External battery packs – Compact Battery Pack E or E2, and Transistor Pack E
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Control unit: 2.9 x 5.0 x 3.8″ (74 x 126 x 97mm) WxHxD
Flash assembly: 9.3 x 3.5 x 1.9″ (235 x 90 x 49mm) WxHxD
|Weight||Control unit: 0.63 lb
Flash ring: 0.26 lb
|Notes & Special Features||E-TTL controls: Flash +/- exposure compensation, Flash Exposure Bracketing, FE Lock, FP sync, and Ratio Control of left:right (A:B) flash tubes over a 6-stop range (8:1 1:8 lighting ratios), and Wireless E-TTL with off-camera 550EX and/or 420EX Slave Units
Manual flash exposure mode: Variable from full (1/1) 1/64 power; Ratio Control of left:right (A:B) flash tubes from 1/1 to 1/64 power is possible
|Notes & Special Features||Setting Method: Illuminated LCD panel on Controller Unit (similar to 550EX Speedlite)
Custom Functions: Nine Custom Functions on MT-24EX, in addition to any in camera); set on MT-24EX Controller LCD panel.
Modeling Flash: One-second burst at 70Hz in E-TTL or Manual flash modes, showing ratios With C.Fn 4-1 (on MT-24EX), uniform one-second burst at 70Hz with any EOS body by pressing Controller Unit’s test button
- Canon Speedlite System Tips
- Canon Flash Work Site
- CDLC: Speedlite Tips Part 1
- CDLC: Speedlite Tips Part 2
- CDLC: Speedlite Tips Part 3
- CDLC: Environmental Portraits with Speedlites: Tutorial Series
- CPN Getting the most from Speedlites (Pt. 1)
- CPN Getting the most from Speedlites (Pt. 2)
- CPN Getting the most from Speedlites (Pt. 3)
- CPN Getting the most from Speedlites (Pt. 4)
- Canon Professional Network Infobank: Flash