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Canon MR-14EX

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by Dave Bar
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Canon's MR-14EX macro ring light is designed for the exacting demands of close-up photography. It's the ideal companion to compatible Canon macro lenses, including the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM. The flash's two-part design allows the control head to be mounted to your Canon EOS camera's accessory shoe while the ring light is attached to the end of the lens barrel. Placing the flash in this location lets you concentrate even, shadow-free light directly on your subject for perfectly exposed shots.

The MR-14EX has twin semi-circular flash tubes with independent power output adjustments. Set to fire equally, they'll deliver uniform lighting over the entire area. When the output of one tube is set higher than the other, it creates a side-lighting effect that makes details pop out and gives your subject a more three-dimensional appearance. A sophisticated automatic exposure control works together with your Canon camera to provide the right illumination for your photos every time. And the large backlit display panel makes it easy to read important exposure data.

The MR-14EX will also act as a "master" unit in a multiple-flash system. Transmitting wireless signals, it can trigger additional Canon Speedlight 430EX flash units mounted off-camera. Whether controlling other flashes or used by itself, the MR-14EX offers you exceptional lighting flexibility for dramatic close-up shots.

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Highlights:

  • designed for close-up and macro photography
  • compatible with select Canon macro lenses (including the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM)
  • compatible with all Canon EOS camera bodies
  • independent twin flash tubes with six-stop variable output adjustment range
  • "Evaluative Through-The-Lens" (E-TTL) exposure control for precise lighting
  • flash exposure bracketing (+ or - 3 stops, in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments)
  • flash exposure compensation ( + or - 3 stops, in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments)
  • manual settings
  • wireless E-TTL flash operation as a "master" unit
  • uses 4 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • weight: 15.2 oz. (without batteries)
  • control head: 2-15/16"W x 5"H x 3-7/8"D
  • flash ring: 4-1/2"W x 5"H x 1"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • MR-14EX Ring lite unit
  • Carrying case
  • Registration sheet
  • Instructions (English)
  • Instructions (French)

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Overview: The Canon MR-14EX is effective for close-up and macro photography. The flash ring can be attached directly to the following lenses: EF 50 mm f/2.5 COMPACT MACRO, EF 100 mm f/2.8 MACRO USM, EF 100 mm f/2.5 MACRO, and MP-E 65 mm f/2.8 1-5x. To attach the MR-14EX to the EF 180 mm f/3.5L MACRO USM, the Macro Lite Adapter 72c (sold separately) is required. The MR-14EX consists of a Macro Flash Ring and a separate Control unit, attached together with a durable coiled communication cable. The MR-14EX macro ring lite flash also comes with a carrying case.

Compatibility: The MR-14EX is compatible with both Type-A and Type-B Canon cameras:

Type A Cameras

E-TTL (EvaluativeThrough the Lens)

EOS-1D, 1V, 3, D30, ELAN 7/7E, 30/33, ELAN II/ELAN II E, 50/50E, REBEL 2000/300, REBEL G, 500N, 3000N/66, IX, IX 7/IX Lite

Type B Cameras TTL All EOS cameras other than the above

LCD: The LCD shows information on the flash's status. This includes (but is not limited to) flash range, zoom focal length, manual output level, multi flash settings, high speed sync, and flash exposure compensation.

SE (Save Energy) Mode: If the flash isn't used (or adjusted) for 90 seconds the power is automatically turned off.

Focusing Lamp: In low-light or when the viewfinder image gets darker at high magnifications, the focusing lamp can assist with focusing.

Flash Mode: You can select between manual focus and either E-TTL or TTL autoflash mode.

Shoe Mount: The 430EX flash mounts to the intelligent shoe on the top of the camera. Flash trigger, exposure setting, and focal length (zoom) setting are transferred to the flash via the intelligent shoe.

Mode Select: You can select from the following:

  • P (Program AE): In this mode the camera will set the flash aperture and shutter speed automatically.
  • Av (Aperture-priority AE): This mode is effective for controlling the depth of field in your flash pictures. You can also obtain a correct exposure for both the subject and the background. You set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically for the correct exposure of the background.
  • M (Manual Exposure): In this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture. The E-TTL or the TTL autoflash system controls the flash exposure based on the aperture you set. Both settings are necessary for proper exposure to the scene.

Manual Flash Mode: You can set the flash output from 1/64 power to 1/1 full power in full-stop increments.

Flash Range: Depending on the lens that you are using and the aperture setting on the camera, the flash range can vary from .23 m up to 2.8 m.

Flash Tubes: There are two tubes on the rings. by firing only one of the flash tubes of by setting a flash ratio for flash tubes A and B, you can create shadows and sculptural lighting effects. you can set the flash ratio from 1:8 to 1:1 to 8:1 (13 levels) in 1/2-stop increments. In the manual mode, you can set the flash output of the tubes A and B independently from each other.

Flash Exposure Compensation: You can adjust the flash output as easily as normal exposure compensation. Can be set up to +/- 3 stops in either 1/2 or 1/3  stop increments. Note: If flash exposure compensation has been set with both the Speedlite and the camera, the Speedlite's flash exposure amount will override the camera's.

FE (Flash Exposure) Lock: This lock enables you to lock the correct flash exposure for any part of the picture. This feature can be used with type-a cameras

Flash Exposure Bracketing: You can take three flash shots while changing the flash output for each up to +/- 3 stops, again either in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments

High Speed Sync (FP flash): When the flash mode is set to High Speed Sync, the flash can synchronize with all shutter speeds.

Second-Curtain Sync: With a slow shutter speed, you can create a light trail following the subject. The flash fires right before the shutter closes.

Wireless Flash System: By using a Speedlite 550EX as a slave unit, you can set up a wireless flash system with the MR-14EX . With the MR-14EX, you can set-up an elaborate flash systems with three groups, where you can set the tubes on the MR-14EX independent from each other to give you various lighting effects.

Custom Functions: You can customize the Speedlite features to suit your  preferences. You have seven flash custom functions built into the MR-14EX (set on rear LCD panel).

Batteries: The MR-14EX flash uses 4 AA batteries. Alkaline, lithium, or nickel metal hydride (rechargeable) are recommended. Canon's testing with alkaline batteries yields a recycle time of 0.1 - 7 seconds and a flash count of 120 - 800 (depending on flash settings).

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Weight: 15.2 oz (without the batteries)
  • Dimensions:
    • Macro Flash Ring: W=4.427", H=4.961", D=0.909"
    • Control Unit: W=2.885", H=5.911", D=2.129"
 
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Great Flash

Written By gteudt, San Diego, CA on Sunday, November 09, 2008
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The flash performs very well. It clips right onto the EF-S 60 without removing the filter. The buttons are not raised, and are a little difficult to use. Excellent macro flash.
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