Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT review

Revamped, reinforced and remarkable, Canon's latest Macro Twin Lite sets a shining example

Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT is an elegant lighting solution for close-up photography, combining power with finesse and versatility. It’s a worthy update to the MT-24EX, with a more intuitive interface, better build quality and an RF wireless master facility.


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    Power of each head can be independently adjusted

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    RF wireless transmission


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    Lacks the all-round lighting, and annular catchlights of a ringflash

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    Only suitable for use for macro photography

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Taking over the baton from the old Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, the Canon MT-26EX-RT is better in pretty much every way. It’s more powerful, more versatile, and more durable. But what exactly is it? 

The Macro Twin Lite delivers a versatile lighting solution for close-ups, in anything from product photography to shooting insects, dental or forensic work, and even portraits. The control unit slots into the hotshoe of a camera, and the two miniature flash heads clip onto a mounting ring that attaches to the front of most Canon macro lenses.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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