Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX

The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX is actually two separate, swiveling flashes separated laterally from one another for increased depth and variety in lighting your close-up subject with a controller unit that attaches to your camera’s hot shoe (shown in 8-18). This unit gives you more flexibility than the ring-type light for macro photography, although the added functions and features mean that the light is significantly more expensive, as well. One of the biggest drawbacks and complaints about ring lights is that they can produce a very flat light, which the twin-light configuration overcomes quite effectively. You might think about the light from this flash as you would separate studio lights instead of a single flash on a portrait subject (but just at a much smaller scale) to produce a nicely balanced macro image.

The Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX

With the two flashes physically separated, the heads swivel and can be pointed in a variety of directions, or even used off of their holder and mounted or held separately. You can use the device as a master that fires slave units such as the 550EX, 580EX, or 580EX II. Fully ETTL-compatible, the flash units can operate in-sync or independently at six different levels. As with the ring light, the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX includes a modeling light feature as well as incandescent focusing lights to ensure you correctly illuminate your subject before you take an actual photograph. This flash also has nine custom functions you access from the LCD panel on the controller, a few more than the less-expensive ring light. Each flash also has a tripod socket as well as a hot-shoe mount that you can use directly on-camera.

The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX is the ultimate lighting accessory for macro photography, whether you’re in the studio or in the field. Its ability to flex around the lens — with each head being able to rotate around the lens in an 80-degree arc as well as turn inward, outward, up, and down at a 90-degree arc — makes it virtually limitless in what it can do to illuminate a close-up subject and eliminate shadows or lighting problems that frequently make macro images so difficult to achieve.

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