The MR-14EX II is compatible with a number of other lenses too, including the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
, EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
(with Macrolite Adapter 72C), RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM
and RF 100MM F2.8L MACRO IS USM
"I use the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II because it enables me to produce light close up to the lens," says Christian. "Normal flashes cast a lot of shadows. I sometimes like the shadows, but often they're distracting. When I want an evenly lit environment for a project, I use the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash – for subjects such as butterflies, for example, to create close-ups of their intricately detailed wings, and tiny insects.
"With these tiny subjects, because they're so close to the lens, just getting the light on them is really tricky," he explains. "I can be photographing a subject that's just 5cm away from the lens, so it's a question of getting an adjustable light source really close to the front of it. That is really difficult to accomplish with off-camera flash, but it's effortless with the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II."
In addition to its ease of use, there are many other aspects of this flash that Christian enjoys. "The heavy-duty coiled cable is durable, and the option to position the twin tubes by rotating the head about the axis is a nice feature," he says. This, combined with the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II's ability to control the power of either strobe (over a 6-stop ratio), means you can not only control the angle of the light source but also make one strobe brighter than the other, for relief lighting to enhance textures.