Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II

Canon has updated it’s old macro ring flash with the introduction of the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Designed for specialist applications – you see these in just about every police forensic themed program on TV, and also small wildlife and other objects. The new macro flash features two high brightness white LED focussing lamps to aid accurate focus in dark conditions. The two flash tubes can be controlled separately with either ratio control or manual power settings. Furthermore for more creative macro work the macro flash will also function as a Speedlite master controlling up to 3 groups of Speedlites using an optical (infra-red – according to Canon) triggering system. As the photo below shows there appears to be a charge indicator, I really hope this is to show the remaining battery capacity.

Macro flash MR-14EX II

Personal Functions can change the colour of the LCD backlight for enhanced legibility

In line with other Speedlite flashes and EOS DSLR cameras launched since 2007, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II can be configured from the camera LCD menu. This is a real timesaver and in many cases makes it much simpler to access extended features. The macro flash models MR-14EX and MT-24EX have not previously provided this, and also it means that the flash should be controllable with the Canon EOS Utility software when tethered shooting.

Control from camera menu MR-14EX II

Optical master flash – no radio control

Like it’s predecessor the you need to set the flash Custom Function 5 to 1 to be able to use 3-groups of off-camera Speedlites, by default the macro flash will only trigger Speedlites in group C. Personally I am a little surprised that Canon have not included their incredible radio flash triggering system in this new macro flash. However on the positive side this means the flash can control a huge range of current and older models of Canon Speedlite plus several third party alternatives. Pairing the Macro Ring Lite with a 430EX II to be used as a background light would make creative macro photography quite simple.

Direct fit to Macro lenses

The MR-14EX II fits directly on the front of the Canon Macro Lenses, but if you are fortunate enough to own the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens then  you will also need the 67C adapter ring and for the EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens you will need the 72C adapter.

For extended use and super fast recycling the optional CP-E4 battery pack can be connected.

More details of this latest macro flash can be found on the Canon website.