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Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Review

2018-03-30

FeaturesHandlingPerformanceVerdict The Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Flash kit is a wireless macro flash kit, designed for macro photography. Currently available for Nikon, with Canon and Sony versions to follow. Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Features T

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Meike MK MT24 TTL Kit (2)

 

The Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Flash kit is a wireless macro flash kit, designed for macro photography. Currently available for Nikon, with Canon and Sony versions to follow.

 

Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Features

Meike MK MT24 TTL Kit (1)

 

The Meike MK-MT24 is an all-in-one solution for macro flash photography, with everything you need in the box. The use of two small flashgun's, the R200, with adjustable direction is more versatile compared to a standard ringflash, as it'll allow you to bounce the flash heads and adjust the direction of the light. 

 

Included in the box: 

1 x MK-GT620 TTL Transceiver / Trigger
1 x Annular lamp hold (circular)
2 x MK-R200 Wireless Remote Flash
2 x MK-R200 Soft flash diffuser
2 x MK-SZ Diffuser - for colour filter gels (2x 12 included)
2 x Lamp holder / stands
1 x Hot-shoe stand for the trigger
2 x Hot shoe adapters (cold)
6 x Adapter Rings (52mm, 55mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm)

There's a small pouch for the provided gels, a drawstring pouch for each flash and trigger, and there's a larger padded bag to hold everything when you've taken it out of the boxes. A 2-year warranty card is included, and an instruction manual.
 

The Flash setup features:

- Support for High-Speed Sync, Front-curtain Sync, FE lock and Rear-curtain Sync. 
- 2.4G Wireless Transmission Flash Trigger, Nikon camera menu accessible.
- Supports flash ratio adjustment, each R200 supports 2.4G macro triggered flashing with three groups A/B/C, four channels and synchronized flash of multiple lamps with 7 levels (1/64-1/1) for the intensity adjustment for the flash control.
- The MK-MT24 lamp holder can hold up to 8 R200 with its unique design, each R200 can be attached or used freely.

The MT24 is like a more advanced version of the Meike MT14 ring flash. Priced at around $299 / £215 - this setup lets you control the direction of flash more precisely, and you can use the flash heads as a bounce flash for example.

The MK-R200 flash heads feature 3 LED lights that can be used to assist focus, or for temporary illumination, and take 2x AAA batteries. 

The top MK-GT620 trigger also features LED lights to assist focus or for video illumination and takes 2x AA batteries. On the back is an LCD screen so that you can control the flashguns.

 

Meike MK MT24 TTL Kit (5)

 

Key Features

  • GN10 (ISO100) Flash (x2)
  • iTTL / eTTL
  • HSS (1/8000s)
  • 2.4GHz wireless sync
  • Rear-curtain sync
  • LED: 5500K (+/-200)
  • 220-240 shots at full power - up to 4500 shots under 1/4

 

Meike MK GT620 (3)

 

Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Handling

 

MK-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlight

Meike MK R200 Flash
The controls on the remote flashgun are quite easy to use, with buttons for: 

- On / off
- Flash (Test, hold to switch on LEDs)
- Group
- Channel
- SET

There's a USB port on the side to upgrade the firmware if needed, and on the other side is the compartment for 2x AAA batteries. 

It would be nice if the buttons were labelled more clearly. The lights on top show which group and channel are selected, however, they could be brighter and appeared a little dull (in comparison, the Trigger, below is much clearer). There is a main light on the back of the speedlight, which will turn solid green when the flash is ready to shoot. 

The build quality of the flash head is reasonable, and they are compact with the ability to tilt them down 45 degrees and up/out 60 degrees. One area that could be better is the battery cover, which is a little wobbly when opened. When closed it is not an issue though. 

 

MK-GT620 Trigger

Meike MK GT620 Trigger (1)

 

On top, there is a flash hot-shoe, and there are buttons for:

- On/off (Master / Slave selection)
- Light (switch on front LEDs)
- Test flash

On the back there is a dial, plus:

- Gr (Group)
- Set
- M (Mode) button
- i 

On the side, there is a micro USB socket and 2.5mm jack sync socket, and on the other side, there is a tripod socket. Underneath is the compartment for two AA batteries. The hot-shoe connection for the camera can be locked, and it features a rubber surround to protect against water ingress. On top is a flash hot-shoe, so you can add another flash if you so wish.

The LED intensity can be adjusted with the rear wheel, between 1 and 12, with twelve being the brightest. The build quality of the trigger is good, with better labelling than the flash heads, and a good weight to it. 

The options on the trigger are fairly straightforward to set. The more advanced your set-up the more complicated it can become. On default settings, straight out of the box the system will work. You can then adjust flash compensation individually or as a group. You can also adjust the flash compensation from the camera, however, this change doesn't show up on the rear screen of the main trigger. You can manually adjust each flash from the trigger, as well as set the flash distance from 18 to 200mm, or leave it on Auto.

 

Meike MK MT24 TTL Kit (3)

 

Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


MEIKE MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The results produced using the flashguns attached to the front of the lens for portrait shots produced good results with even lighting and reliable exposure, although care needs to be taken to ensure that the flash is not too harsh for your subject. 

For macro use, the results will depend on your subject and it's surroundings. In some of the shots we took, due to the subject, and the placement, the shadows from the flashguns is quite noticeable. Using the diffuser does give the image a warmer colour cast. We'd suggest additional diffusion is likely to be needed to avoid harsh flash and harsh shadows for some close-up macro photography.

The Trigger will allow LED lights to be switched on and left on as a modelling light, however, the remote flashgun LED lights can only be switched on temporarily, and will automatically switch off after a while. We used the flash kit with the Nikon D810.

 

Value For Money

The Meike MT-MK24 kit is available for around £229 from Amazon UK, which is excellent value for money compared to other wireless flash kits from the main brands, such as the Nikon R1C1 Close-up Speedlight Commander Kit at £629, or Nikon R1 Close-up Speedlight Remote Kit at £439. The Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite is £1079.

 

Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Verdict

If you're looking for a twin ring flash, then the Meike MK-MT24 is certainly a proposition that offers high value for money, being roughly £200 less than main brand solutions. They can be used as a macro ringflash, for macro photography and portraits, or you can use them remotely for more creative photography. The kit provides everything you need to get started with macro flash, and other flash photography. 

 

Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Multiple uses, including remote flash shooting
  • Can be expanded with additional speed lights
  • Protective pouch and case provided
  • TTL metering

Meike MK-MT24 Macro Twin Lite Flash Cons

  • Display (red LEDs) on the speedlights could be brighter 

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