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Aug 24, 2017 17:15 |  #1

Usually I wouldn't post just a rumour, but as there's photos of the new Canon MT26EX I don't think there's any doubt. It's about time they replaced it. My MT24EX expired a few years back and I got it back from the Canon official service centre as too uneconomical to repair. Given how many problems others have had with the MT24EX I was never tempted to buy another one as it should have been due for replacement.
http://www.canonwatch.​com ...-twin-light-image-leaked/ (external link)

The photos appear to show it similar to the original, just with RT. I hope it's got weather sealing like the Canon 600EX RT. I won't be in a hurry to get it as I bet it will cost an arm and a leg, and the Yongnuo YN24EX is proving just as good as the MT24EX at a fraction of the price. I've thought most flashguns were grossly overpriced since the first dedicated TTL units started appearing in the 1980s. You've got some pretty standard non-expensive electronics in a cheap plastic case, and you pay a fortune just because the manufacturers keep the protocol of the flash/camera interface secret. Maybe when the first dedicated TTL units came out they could claim they were recouping development costs, but well over 30 years later I think that excuse no longer washes. Rant over, but I do wish the manufacturers would charge reasonable prices for what is in reality standard electronic technology that hasn't changed much in the last 40 years.




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Aug 25, 2017 00:51 |  #2

Thanks, Stephen.

When is Canon going to do away with the wires? :D


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Aug 25, 2017 15:41 |  #3

Always thought printers were a bargain but then there's the ink.....:eek:


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Aug 27, 2017 07:53 |  #4

Toby; I think the printers are just a loss leader for ink sales.

I am surprised the heads were not wireless, I guess the downside would the battery weight, but then the cables seem to be this bit most folks wear out.


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Aug 28, 2017 19:57 |  #5

New flash, reportedly $989.

AHHHAHAHAAA come on, Canon is in La-La Land..


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Aug 29, 2017 00:16 |  #6

Not a lot to make you want to upgrade there I can see.


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Aug 29, 2017 00:21 |  #7

Announcement from Canon;
https://www.usa.canon.​com ...170829-Lens/20170829-Lens (external link)


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Aug 29, 2017 03:51 |  #8

It doesn't look to be too much of an upgrade but at least the control box looks a lot smaller which is what I always wished for, oh and brighter model lights which is handy. While my MT24 is still working I might sell that to put towards this and see how it goes, I just need to redesign my diffusers unless the faces are the same size.


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Sep 14, 2017 06:38 as a reply to JasonC007's post |  #9

I like the higher guide number as well -might have a little more "stopping power" than the MT-24EX. Also looks like the diffuser mounting tabs on the sides of the flash heads are bigger.


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Sep 14, 2017 07:12 |  #10

From P4Pictures (external link):

The MT-26EX-RT is supplied with new clip-on diffusers for each flash head, which softens the light from the flash, preventing hard highlights from impacting images.

No image of the diffusers unfortunately, but at least the mounting tabs on the side of the flash heads has been redesigned (so third party diffusers should stay on a lot better). Also the flash can go down to 1/512 power in manual. the MT-24EX could only be set to a minimum of 1/64, so two extra stops with the MT-26.


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Sep 14, 2017 07:16 |  #11

I think these are the diffusers so not that great...

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Sep 14, 2017 07:18 as a reply to JasonC007's post |  #12

True, not much better than the Sto-Fen or similar diffusers. Still might make it easy to build a diffuser from the stock set, and it should stay on better.


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Sep 14, 2017 07:45 as a reply to Dalantech's post |  #13

Yes that will help a lot.


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Sep 14, 2017 09:50 as a reply to JasonC007's post |  #14

I guess all that work macro photographers have done to improve lighting from the Canon MT24EX has gone right over the head of Canon. Nor do I just mean my diffusers, because there are a lot of people who've independently produced diffusers which greatly improve the light from the MT24EX. Just about the least effective diffusers ever produced for the MT24EX were the Sto-Fens, which were not that much different to the bare-heads. And what version of diffusers does Canon choose to supply with its MT26EX, but the least efficient diffusers. So much for listening to it's customers.




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Sep 16, 2017 03:13 |  #15

orionmystery wrote in post #18436415 (external link)
...When is Canon going to do away with the wires? :D

Honestly hoping that they don't. I've read too many complaints from Nikon users about the poor cycle time of the R1C1 and how it eats batteries.


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