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Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash unit

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Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT

Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash unit

Canon have announced a new flash unit.

The new Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash unit boosts power over the previous MT-24EX and adds wireless support, along with an updated interface.

Of interest here at Northlight since Keith regularly uses the MT-24EX for macro work with the TS-E 90 and MP-E65 lenses, which it directly attaches to.

The MT-26EX-RT is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £1,080/€1,300/$990

>> Specifications

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Canon’s new MT-26EX twin flash unit was announced alongside 4 new lenses – three of which are tilt/shift macro lenses, and can work via a suitable adapters with the flash.

UK Canon MT-26 launch info

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 29th August 2017 – Canon today announces the launch of the Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT – a powerful, high-performance specialist flash for professional photography. Building on the rich feature set of its predecessor, the MT-24EX, the MT-26EX-RT possesses boosted illumination power, increased flexibility, enhanced durability and improved usability. It is perfect for shooting in compact spaces such as product and food shots, wildlife close-ups and dental imagery.


Highly illuminating performance

mt_26ex_rt adjustmentThe MT-26EX-RT features Macro Twin Lights with moveable flash tubes, which can be positioned at five degree intervals around the lens. They can be rotated upwards or downwards, plus pivoted inwards or outwards, depending on the lighting requirements of the shot. As a result, the most intricate detail can be captured close up, which is ideal for product photography and portrait shots where features need to be emphasised through careful lighting.

The MT-26EX-RT also comprises high-brightness white LED focus lamps, which allows the camera to easily focus on objects and gauge how lighting impacts the shot prior to it being taken.

The combined guide number (the flash’s ability to illuminate the subject at a specific sensor sensitivity and angle) for both tubes has been increased over the MT-24EX to 26/78 (ISO 100 in meters/feet) delivering outstanding close-up photography.

The MT-26EX-RT is supplied with new clip-on diffusers for each flash head, which softens the light from the flash, preventing hard highlights from impacting images.

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The flash now includes a lower output flash power option to ensure the correct exposure when used with fast lens apertures or at close distances.

The MT-26EX-RT also features a 5.5 second flash recharge time, or as fast as 2.5 seconds using the optional CP-E4N compact battery pack, guaranteeing the ability to rapidly set and capture the perfect shot.

This is ideal for shooting wildlife close-up where every moment matters.

A flash indicator is displayed on the LCD panel showing charge progress.

Alongside this rapid charge, thanks to the enhanced durability of its flash tubes, the need to service the flash regularly has also been vastly reduced.

Flexible control – maximum creativity

Radio Wireless Master functionality has now been added to the MT-26EX-RT allowing it to control other Speedlite flash units wirelessly.

Up to 15 units in five groups can be controlled to provide more light or to illuminate the background to create better separation between the subject and the background.

The MT-26EX-RT can also control the exposure of remote Speedlite units via several different methods.

Full auto exposure control can be metered by the camera through radio control using E-TTL.

The power settings of each flash can also be set manually to ensure the output is controllable and consistent.

Each flash unit can also have different exposure control methods, such as a blend of manual and E-TTL, for further flexibility and control.

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For improved control, the MT-26EX-RT has a redesigned interface and operating controls based on the control panel from the Speedlight 600EX II-RT, providing fast and effortless operation.

The new control unit features many of the new hot shoe reliability features introduced in the 600EX II-RT, including the ability to attach and detach the camera via a one-touch lock level on a metal mounting foot providing improved strength.

MT-26EX-RT key features:

  • Powerful and flexible twin flash unit with fast recycling
  • High-brightness white LEDs for easy focusing in low-light
  • Optical and Radio Wireless function to control other Speedlites
  • Creative lighting and custom functions for tailored illumination

Pricing and availability

The MT-26EX-RT is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £1,079.99/€1,299.99.


Flash Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT
Type E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash, Twin flash for close-distance photography
Guide number Both-sides firing: 85.3/26
Single-side firing: 65.3/19.9
(ISO 100, in feet/meters)
Flash output for quick flash is approx. 1/2 to 1/6 of full output (depending on the charge status).
Flash control system 8:1 – 1:1 – 1:8; 1/2-stop increments

8 custom functions

Power source Four size-AA/LR6 alkaline batteries
Size-AA/HR6 Ni-MH batteries also usable.Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N
Compact Battery Pack CP-E3 or CP-E4 can also be used.
Size Flash head unit (including mount ring): Approx. 9.14 x 3.59 x 1.93 in. / 232.2 x 91.1 x 49.1mm
Control unit: Approx. 2.74 x 4.43 x 3.54 in. / 69.5 x 112.5 x 90.0mm
Weight Approx. 20.1 oz. / 570g
Includes flash unit and control unit, excluding batteries.

A Macro Lite Adapter is necessary when attaching to the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM (optional Macro Lite Adapter 67) and EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM (optional Macro Lite Adapter 72C) lenses. When attaching EF and EF-S lenses to EOS M series cameras, the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M is necessary.

US Launch info

Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash

To further enhance a photographer’s ability to shoot macro photography, the new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash can be the ideal tool. The use of a macro twin-lite allows for a more ideal lighting situation for photographers, and can be adjusted and shifted depending on the direction the photographer would like to control. Detachable macro twin lites can be rotated up to 60 degrees, and features a maximum guide number of 85.3 ft (26 m)**.

The new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash inherits the ease of use and operability of Canon’s latest Speedlite EX series flashes and increased brightness of the focusing lamp compared to previous Canon Macro-Twin Lites. There is also less noise produced from the charging of the lights.

The new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash is scheduled to be available November 2017, for an estimated retail price of $989.99††.

**Guide Number reflects the amount when both sides are fired. Flash output for quick flash (green ready light) is approximately 1/2 to 1/6 of full output (depending on the charge status).

†† Availability, prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set be individual dealers and may vary.

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