Reviews and Problems with Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
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sjh "shadley000", Amazon
11 August 2013
Summary: the unit comes with a nice case and installs easily on the camera. No additional setup was required on my Canon t4i. The unit is sized to fit on a 58mm lens and requires a 67mm adapter (not included) to fit onto the canon 100mm macro lens. The clip on latch for the flash clips on directly to canons 65mm 1-5x macro lens without any adapter. With this unit, I am able to produce professional quality macro shots with a minimum of fuss.
Conclusion: I have used my MR-14EX extensively with the 100mm f/2.8L Macro and have been very impressed with the high degree of lighting control I can achieved with this flash unit. Both ETTL and manual settings are smooth and predictable. The left and right flash tube control is a nice feature that enables sculptural modeling of light on the subject. There are only two cons to report, as others have pointed out: the battery hatch is constructed poorly and difficult to open.
Pros: quiet, Good Exposure performance, Fast recycling time
Cons: battery hatch is constructed poorly, buttons are sunk in and hard to press
Summary: After debating between this and its expensive brother I decided to go with the ring flash for simple reasons: less bulky and it can go through the branches easily vs. the twin light. It does the job well so I saved 2 clams to use toward a new lens. Make sure you buy the canon 58C macrolite adapter that keeps the filter on and the ring flash at the same time, it is crucial if you do a lot of insect photography, the lens tends to touch branches and can be scratched if...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easy To Use, Fast Recycling, Lightweight, Powerful Output
Summary: After using my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro lens for a year without this flash, I was pleasantly surprised at how many more successful photos I can get with it. The flash enables me to use a fast shutter speed, small aperture and low ISO to freeze the movement of the petals when it is slightly windy outside. I can also use it handheld where I normally would only consider using a tripod.
A Necessary Accessory for Serious Macro Photographers
David Wilson, Amazon
3 April 2013
Summary: If you are a serious close-up or macro photographer, sooner or later (but probably sooner) you will need an illumination source to make up for the falloff in light transmission that occurs with close focus at short distances. If you can't do all your macro photography outdoors in bright light, or if you don't have the luxury of building a macro stage with flood lights, you will need a flash attachment -- or perhaps even a primary flash and a couple of slaves to...
Summary: Yes it's expensive. Great build quality and so far has worked flawlessly. In the product description on Amazon it says, "The MR-14EX attaches directly to Canon's EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 macro (both versions), and MP-E 65mm macrophoto lenses, and can also be used with EF 180mm f/3.5L macro USM via the Macrolite adapter 72C.