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The Godox MF12 is a macro flash with a difference – you can use up to six at once!

Godox MF12
(Image credit: Godox)

Low cost accessory maker Godox (sold under the ‘Flashpoint’ brand at Adorama) has just launched a new flash designed specifically for close-up photography.

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But the MF12 is a flash with a difference. You can use it on its own, either mounted on the camera or used off-camera, but you can also combine it with up to six more to create an infinitely adjustable macro lighting setup. 

The Godox MF12 can be used individually on its own mini stand or fitted with up to five others on a lens adaptor ring. (Image credit: Godox)
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(Image credit: Godox)
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Close-up lighting

Macro and close-up photography can be endlessly fascinating. You don’t have to worry about the weather (or any distancing/lockdown restrictions!) and you can take as long as you need to perfect your setup.

But close-up lighting can be tricky. You need lights small enough bring in close to the subject and soft enough to produce even lighting. The new MF12 takes care of that with a diffuser adaptor for close up use and the ability to use two on a custom designed adapter ring to provide classic ‘clamshell’ lighting from either side, or up to six spaced evenly for a ‘ring light’ effect which could also be used for portraits

The MF12 has a Guide Number of 16, with adjustable power ratios from 1/128 to 1/1 and a recycle time of 0.01-1.7sec.

The Godox MF12 has a Guide Number of 16 and is designed for close up photography. (Image credit: Godox)
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It comes with a small stand for off-camera use, but it can also be clipped to a separately available lens adaptor in conjunction with other MF12 units. One or more MF12 units can be controlled wirelessly with Godox’s own dedicated wireless flash triggers.

The Godox MF12 should be available from the end of October and sold individually at £109 or as a two-flash kit for $249 and including a lens adaptor. It will sell at Adorama as the Flashpoint MF12, again for $249 as a twin-flash outfit - with additional flash units selling for $109.

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Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio, with decades of experience with cameras of all kinds. Previously he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more.