A ring flash is a very good macro photography lighting solution however there is something better, and that is the macro twin light, as pictured below.
The macro twin light comprises two separate lights mounted to a ring that is secured to the end of the lens, via the lens’ filter thread fitting. The lights are mini strobes (rather than continuous lights) that are totally independent of each other. This means you can vary the power of each light allowing for different lighting ratios for various creative effects.
The twin light has both manual mode and TTL modes which is essential. Manual mode is best when you have time to set up and compose the shot and TTL mode is best when you’re shooting on the fly and the flash to subject distance regularly changes, such as when shooting insects and other moving subjects.
Canon’s twin macro light is the MT-24 and from the first time I used one I wanted one. The problem with the Canon twin macro light is the eye watering price tag, which is absolutely ridiculous and I simply couldn’t justify it. Even though the Canon MT-24 is an exception macro light in all respects I just couldn’t justify it, and had to make do with my ring flash instead.
Well…………… Yongnuo released its own version of the Canon MT-24, and at a hundred and forty quid (several hundred less than Canon’s twin macro light) I took a punt and ordered one, and boy am I glad I did. My Yongnuo twin macro light, the YN-24EX, is awesome – hopefully the following video review will demonstrate just how good this twin macro light is.
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