Canon have introduced the Macro Twin Lite MT-24 EX with twin flash heads
for higher macro flash flexibility. Canon have extended the range of macro
photography by means of E-TTL autoflash metering and multiflash control function
with twin flash heads for optimum flexibility. The MT-24EX mounting ring can be
attached directly to the front of the macro lens and has a control unit which
tilts forward about 57 when mounted on the camera. Even when the short EF 50mm
f/2.5 lens is used the control unit will not hit the flash heads, even when the
mounting ring is rotated. The control unit has a large easy to read LCD panel
adopting the familiar layout of other Speedlite models.
The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX incorporates E-TTL flash technology to give properly balanced exposure, even under difficult lighting situations. When used in conjunction with Speedlite 550EX units, wireless control of up to three slave groups can be achieved with the option of first or second curtain synchronisation.
Seven custom functions enable the flash to be set up for individual shooting styles while longer lasting power and quicker recycling times can be achieved by connecting the unit to external power packs. Two new custom functions have also been added to the MT-24EX: The C.Fn-8-1 which enables the flash ratio to be adjusted in -stop or whole stop increments and the C.Fn-9-1 whereby the focusing lamp is turned off/on with the shutter button's double click, halfway pressing function.
Flash ratio control for right and left flash heads create special lighting effects with different flash outputs coming from the top and bottom or from the left and right. With such a versatile system, subtle lighting of fine images or three-dimensional effects is possible. The high guide No.22/24 (twin/single flash head firing in normal mode) is also suitable for normal flash photography, which broadens the use of the MT-24EX for non-macro flash photography.
The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX is available from the beginning of November for 700.