Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II manual

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  • Model/name: Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
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Table of Contents

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The Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II is a flash unit for shooting
close-ups with Canon EOS cameras, compatible with E-TTL II/E-TTL/
TTL autoflash systems. The flash unit is equipped with various
functions suitable for a wide range of shooting objectives, from simple
shooting to advanced shooting. It has functions to control the flash ratio
between flash tubes A and B, single-side firing, wireless multiple flash
shooting using additional slave flash units, and manual flash.
Read this instruction manual while also referring to your
camera’s instruction manual.
Before using the product, read this instruction manual and your
camera’s instruction manual to familiarize yourself with their
operations.
Using with an EOS DIGITAL camera (Type-A camera)
You can use the MR-14EX II for easy macro flash shooting by
autoflash control in the same way as a camera’s built-in flash.
Using with an EOS film camera
Camera with an E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash system (Type-A
camera)
You can use the MR-14EX II for easy macro flash shooting by
autoflash control in the same way as a camera’s built-in flash.
Camera with a TTL autoflash system (Type-B camera)
See page 76.
* This instruction manual assumes that the MR-14EX II is used with a
Type-A camera.
Introduction
Using the MR-14EX II with a Camera
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Before starting, check that all the following items are included with your
MR-14EX II. If anything is missing, contact your dealer.
* Be careful not to lose any of the above items.
Item Check List
Lens Cap
(p.16)
Case
MR-14EX II
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Icons in this Manual
9 : Indicates the Select dial.
8 : Indicates the Set button.
3/1/4/ : Indicates that the respective function remains active for
7/2 4 sec., 6 sec., 8 sec., 10 sec., or 16 sec. after you let go
of the button.
(p.**) : Reference page numbers for more information.
: Warning to prevent shooting problems.
: Supplemental information.
M : M shown to the right of the page title indicates that the
function is performed when the camera’s shooting
mode is set to <d/s/f/a/F> (Creative Zone
mode).
Basic Assumptions
The operation procedures assume that both the camera and the
MR-14EX II’s power switches are set to <K>.
The icons used for buttons, dials and symbols in the text match the
icons found on the camera and the MR-14EX II.
The operation procedures assume that the menu and Custom
Functions of the camera, and the Custom Functions and Personal
Functions of the MR-14EX II are at their default settings.
All figures are based on the use of four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries
and Canon’s testing standards.
The operation procedures assume that a macro lens is used.
Conventions Used in this Manual
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Chapters
Introduction 2
Getting Started with Macro Flash Shooting
Preparations for macro flash shooting and basic shooting
13
Setting Flash Functions with Camera Operations
Setting the flash functions from the camera’s menu screen
37
Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting
Wireless multiple flash shooting using additional slave units with
optical transmission
43
Customizing the MR-14EX II
Customizing with Custom Functions and Personal Functions
57
Reference
System map, FAQ, use with a type-B camera
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Introduction 2
Item Check List................................................................................. 3
Conventions Used in this Manual..................................................... 4
Chapters........................................................................................... 5
Nomenclature................................................................................... 8
Getting Started with Macro Flash Shooting 13
Installing the Batteries.................................................................... 14
Attaching the Control Unit to the Camera ...................................... 15
Attaching the Flash Unit to the Lens .............................................. 16
Turning on the Power ..................................................................... 18
Fully Automatic Flash Shooting...................................................... 20
Using E-TTL II and E-TTL Autoflash by Shooting Mode ................ 21
Effective Flash Range (Reference) ................................................ 24
l Setting the Flash Ratio..................................................... 25
f Flash Exposure Compensation................................................. 27
g FEB .......................................................................................... 28
7: FE Lock .................................................................................. 29
c High-speed Sync ....................................................................... 30
r Second-curtain Sync ............................................................... 31
q: Manual Flash............................................................................ 32
Clearing MR-14EX II Settings ........................................................ 36
Setting Flash Functions with Camera Operations 37
Flash Control from the Camera’s Menu Screen ............................. 38
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Contents
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Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting 43
: Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting.............................................44
Wireless Settings ............................................................................47
a: Multiple Flash Shooting with Slave C Added .....................49
a: Advanced Multiple Flash Shooting with
Slave A, B, and C Added ................................................................53
q: Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting with Manual Flash Output ....55
Customizing the MR-14EX II 57
C / >: Setting Custom and Personal Functions.....................58
C: Setting Custom Functions .....................................................61
>: Setting Personal Functions....................................................65
Memory Function ............................................................................66
Reference 67
MR-14EX II System ........................................................................68
Flash Firing Restriction due to Temperature Increase....................69
Troubleshooting Guide....................................................................71
Specifications..................................................................................73
Using MR-14EX II with a Type-B Camera ......................................76
Index ...............................................................................................81
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Nomenclature
Flash Unit
Release button (p.16) Connecting cord
Flash tube B
Lens cap/
Filter thread (p.16-17)
Focusing lamp (p.22)
Focusing lamp (p.22)
Flash tube A
<i> Indicator
<h> Indicator
Front
Rear
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Nomenclature
Control Unit
MODE
Function button 2
Function button 1
<d>
Focusing lamp button
(p.22)
<E>
Flash mode button
(p.20, 32, 49, 55)
<Q>
Flash-ready lamp/
Test flash button
(p.18, 50, 61-63)
Mounting foot lock lever (p.15)
Lock-release button (p.15)
Mounting foot (p.15)
Terminal cover
External power
source socket
Contacts
Battery compartment
cover (p.14)
Battery compartment cover
lock-release lever (p.14)
Locking pin
<8> Set button
<9> Select dial
Flash exposure confirmation
lamp (p.20)
Power switch (p.18)
<K> : Power on
<a> : Button/
dial lock
(Power on)
<J> : Power off
<f>
Flash ratio setting/
Flash tube select button
(p.25, 32, 47, 49,
53, 55)
Function button 4
Function button 3
LCD panel
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Nomenclature
E-TTL II/E-TTL/TTL autoflash (p.21)
LCD Panel
c : High-speed sync
(p.30, 40)
r : Second-curtain
sync (p.31, 40)
u: Custom
Functions
(p.61)
Flash exposure level
T: Personal
Functions
(p.65)
FEB sequence (p.62)
g : FEB (p.28, 40)
Flash ratio
G : Battery indicator (p.18)
a : E-TTL II/E-TTL
autoflash
b : TTL autoflash
j: Normal shooting
t: Temperature
increase (Firing
restriction/p.69)
f : Flash exposure
compensation (p.27, 40)
Flash exposure compensation
amount
, :
Flash ratio setting
Firing group
l : Fire A:B
(flash ratio control)
4 : Fire A (single-side firing)
5 : Fire B (single-side firing)
Aperture
The screens shown are examples. The display will show only the settings
currently applied.
The functions, such as <=> and <@>, displayed above function
buttons 1 to 4, change according to the settings.
When a button or dial is operated, the LCD panel illuminates (p.19).
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Nomenclature
Manual flash (p.32)
Wireless multiple flash shooting with optical transmission
(p.43)
q : Manual flash
Manual flash
output
Firing group
4 : Fire A
5 : Fire B
Firing group
l : Fire A:B (flash
ratio control)
4 : Fire A
5 : Fire B
6 : Fire C
(slave C)
j : Fire A, B, and C
(only when C.Fn-15 is set to 1)
g : Wireless shooting
(master)
M : Master
: : Optical
transmission
wireless shooting
* : Transmission
channel
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Cautions for firing continuous flashes
To avoid degrading and damaging the flash unit due to overheating,
do not fire more than 20 continuous flashes. After 20 continuous
flashes, allow a rest time of at least 10 min.
If you fire 20 continuous flashes, and then fire the flash again
repeatedly in short intervals, the safety function may activate and
restrict flash firing. While flash firing is restricted, the firing interval is
automatically set to a time between approx. 8 and 15 sec. If this
happens, allow a rest time of at least 10 min.
For details, see “Flash Firing Restriction due to Temperature
Increase” on page 69.
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Getting Started with
Macro Flash Shooting
This chapter describes the preparations before starting
macro flash shooting and the basic shooting operations.
Conditions of the subject greatly influence the exposure when
shooting close-ups. Therefore, it is recommended to shoot the
same subject with different exposures (p.27) and check the
exposure immediately after shooting.
When the camera’s shooting mode is set to a fully automatic
mode or an Image Zone mode, the functions with M added to
the right side of the page title cannot be set. Set the camera’s
shooting mode to d/s/f/a/F (Creative Zone mode) to
enable all the operations in this chapter.
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Use four AA/LR6 batteries.
1 Open the cover.
Slide the lock-release lever to the left
as shown in the illustration, slide the
cover down, then open the battery
compartment cover.
2 Install the batteries.
Make sure the “+” and “-” battery
contacts are correctly oriented as
shown in the battery compartment.
The grooves on the side surfaces of
the battery compartment indicate “-”.
This is convenient when replacing the
batteries in a dark place.
3 Close the cover.
Close the battery compartment cover
and slide it up.
X When it clicks in place, the battery
compartment cover is locked.
Based on new AA/LR6 alkaline batteries, both sides firing, and Canon’s testing
standards.
The Quick flash function enables flash shooting before the flash is fully charged
(p.18).
Installing the Batteries
Firing Interval and Number of Flashes
Firing Interval
Number of Flashes
Quick Flash Normal Flash
Approx. 0.1 to 3.3 sec. Approx. 0.1 to 5.5 sec. Approx. 100 to 700
Using AA/LR6 batteries other than the alkaline type may cause improper
battery contact due to the irregular shape of the battery contacts.
Be aware that the batteries may become hot, if you change batteries after
firing flashes continuously.
Batteries are required by the flash unit even when an external power
source (p.68) is used.
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Attaching the Control Unit to the Camera
1 Attach the control unit.
Slip the control unit’s mounting foot
all the way into the camera’s hot
shoe.
2 Secure the control unit.
Slide the mounting foot lock lever to
the right.
X When the lock lever clicks in place, it
is locked.
3 Detach the control unit.
While pressing the lock-release
button, slide the lock lever to the left
and detach the control unit.
Attaching the Control Unit to the Camera
When <!> is displayed, or the LCD panel display turns off during
recycling, replace the batteries with new ones.
Use a new set of four batteries of the same brand. When replacing the
batteries, replace all four at one time.
AA/LR6 Ni-MH or lithium batteries can also be used.
Be sure to turn off the MR-14EX II before attaching or detaching it.
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Attach the flash unit to the front of the macro lens.
Attach the flash unit to the front
of the lens while holding down
the release button.
Make sure that the flash unit is
securely attached.
When rotating the flash unit, lightly
press the release button while
rotating it.
Detach the flash unit while holding
down the release button.
Attach the provided lens cap to the flash unit when it is not used in order
to protect the lens.
A 67 mm diameter filter can also be
attached to the flash unit (p.17).
Attaching the Flash Unit to the Lens
Attaching the Lens Cap
Be sure to attach the flash unit to the lens when shooting. Shooting while
holding the flash unit in your hand may result in a low temperature burn.
Do not touch the flash unit or batteries immediately after continuous flash
firing or modeling flash (p.23). Touching them may result in a burn. Make
sure that the flash unit has cooled before detaching the flash unit or
replacing batteries.
When using the following lenses, attach the Macrolite Adapter (sold
separately) to the front of the lens (filter thread) and then attach the flash
unit.
• EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM: Macrolite Adapter 67
• EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM: Macrolite Adapter 72C
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Attaching the Flash Unit to the Lens
A commercially-available filter can be
used during flash shooting. A filter can
be attached, using the two procedures
described below. Filters may not be used
together with some macro lenses.
(1) Attach a 67 mm filter on the front face of the flash unit (see the
above illustration).
(2) Attach the flash unit to the lens with the filter attached to the front of
the lens (filter thread).
* The lens cannot be used with a filter, since focusing is interrupted by an attached
filter touching the front of the lens. Also, filter may be damaged or the lens
malfunction may result.
If you want to use a dedicated hood with the MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x
Macro Photo (sold separately), attach the flash unit after attaching
the hood to the lens.
A hood cannot be attached when using any other macro lens.
Using a Filter
Macro Lens
Filter Compatibility
(1) (2)
EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro No*
Yes
EF100mm f/2.8 Macro
Yes
EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
Using a Hood
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1 Set the power switch to <K>.
X The flash recycling starts.
X During recycling, <G> is
displayed on the LCD panel. When
flash recycling is completed, this
indicator disappears.
2 Check that the flash is ready.
The state of the flash-ready lamp
changes from off to green (Quick
flash ready) to red (fully charged).
Press the test flash button (flash-
ready lamp) to fire a test flash.
The Quick flash function enables flash shooting when the flash-ready
lamp is lit green (before the flash is fully charged). It is available when
the camera’s drive mode is set to single shooting. The flash output will
be approx. 1/2 to 1/5 of the full output, but it is effective for shooting with
a shorter firing interval.
Note that you cannot use Quick flash when continuous shooting, FEB,
manual flash, or wireless multiple flash shooting is set.
To save battery power, the power will turn off automatically after approx.
90 sec. of idle use. To turn on the MR-14EX II again, press the camera’s
shutter button halfway, or press the test flash button (flash-ready lamp).
Turning on the Power
Quick Flash
Auto Power Off
Quick flash cannot be used when the flash mode is set to <b>.
A test flash cannot be fired when the camera’s 3/1/4/7/2
timer is active.
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Turning on the Power
By setting the power switch to <a>, you can disable the flash’s
buttons and dial operations. It is effective when you want to prevent the
flash function settings from being accidentally changed after you set
them.
If you operate a button or dial, <LOCKED> is displayed on the LCD
panel. (The functions displayed above function buttons 1 to 4, such as
<=> and <@>, are not displayed.)
When a button or dial is operated, the LCD panel illuminates for 12 sec.
If you operate them when the LCD panel is illuminated, duration of the
illumination will be extended.
Lock Function
LCD Panel Illumination
The flash settings will remain in effect even after the power is turned off.
To retain the settings when replacing the batteries, replace the batteries
within 1 min. after turning off the power switch and removing the
batteries.
When the temperature of the flash unit has risen due to continuous flash
firing, the time until auto power off takes effect may increase.
You can fire a test flash or turn on/off the focusing lamp while the power
switch is set to the <a> position. Also, when a button or dial is
operated, the LCD panel illuminates.
You can fire Quick flash during continuous shooting (C.Fn-06/p.62).
Auto power off can be disabled (C.Fn-01/p.61).
You can select the charging method to be used when an external power
source is used (C.Fn-12/p.63).
You can change the setting of the LCD panel illumination (C.Fn-22/p.64).
You can change the color of the LCD panel illumination (P.Fn-03/p.65).
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When you set the camera’s shooting mode to <d> (Program AE) or a
fully automatic mode, you can shoot in the E-TTL II/E-TTL fully
automatic flash mode.
1 Set the flash mode to <a>.
Press the <E> button and set to
<a>.
Check that <M> is not
displayed.
2 Focus on the subject.
Press the shutter button halfway to
focus.
X The shutter speed and aperture are
displayed in the viewfinder.
Check that <Q> is lit in the viewfinder.
3 Take the picture.
When you press the shutter button
completely, the flash will fire and the
picture will be taken.
X If a standard flash exposure was
obtained, the flash exposure
confirmation lamp lights for 3 sec.
Fully Automatic Flash Shooting
Even when attached to a camera that supports the E-TTL II autoflash,
<a> is displayed on the LCD panel.
If the flash exposure confirmation lamp does not light or if the subject is
dark (underexposed) when you check the image on the camera’s LCD
monitor, move closer to the subject and shoot again. You can also set a
higher ISO speed when using a digital camera.
“Fully automatic mode” refers to <A>, <1>, and <C> shooting
modes.
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Simply set the camera’s shooting mode to <f> (aperture-priority AE)
or <a> (manual exposure) and you can perform advanced macro flash
shooting using E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash.
When the shutter speed is manually set with the shooting mode set to <s>
(Shutter-priority AE), the aperture will be set automatically. However, this is not
recommended because the aperture cannot be set manually.
If you use the <Z> or <Y> shooting mode, the result will be the same as
using the <d> (Program AE) mode.
1/X sec. is the camera’s maximum flash sync speed.
Using E-TTL II and E-TTL Autoflash by Shooting Mode
f
You can perform flash shooting while obtaining a standard exposure of
both the main subject and background while considering the depth of
field.
Select this mode when you want to set the aperture manually. The
camera will then automatically set the shutter speed, matching the
aperture to obtain a standard exposure. If the scene is dark, a slow
sync speed will be used to obtain a standard exposure for both the
main subject and background. Standard exposure of the main subject
is obtained with the flash, while a standard exposure of the background
is obtained with a long exposure using a slow shutter speed.
Since a slow shutter speed will be used for low-light scenes, using a
tripod is recommended.
If the shutter speed display blinks, it means that the background
exposure will be underexposed or overexposed. Adjust the aperture
until the shutter speed display stops blinking.
a
Select this mode if you want to set both the shutter speed and aperture
manually.
Standard exposure of the main subject is obtained with the flash. The
exposure of the background is obtained with the shutter speed and
aperture combination you set.
Flash Sync Speeds and Apertures Used
Shutter Speed Aperture
d Automatically set (1/X sec. to 1/60 sec.) Automatically set
f Automatically set (1/X sec. to 30 sec.) Manually set
a Manually set (1/X sec. to 30 sec., Bulb) Manually set
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Using E-TTL II and E-TTL Autoflash by Shooting Mode
Press the <d> button to light the
focusing lamp for 20 sec., making
focusing easier. Press the button again
to turn off the lamp.
The focusing lamp turns off automatically
when you press the shutter button on the
camera completely.
Focusing Lamp
Note that looking closely at the focusing lamp may cause vision damage.
If you shoot when the focusing lamp is lit, underexposure may occur. If
necessary, set the exposure compensation or flash exposure
compensation.
Under conditions where the flash is not fired, such as in Flash Off mode
or during movie shooting, the focusing lamp will not turn off automatically
even if you press the shutter button completely.
You can change the lighting method of the focusing lamp (C.Fn-18/p.64).
You can change the brightness of the focusing lamp (P.Fn-01/p.65).
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Using E-TTL II and E-TTL Autoflash by Shooting Mode
When the camera’s depth-of-field preview button is pressed, the flash
fires continuously for 1 sec. This feature is called “modeling flash.” This
is effective for checking shadow effects on the subject and the lighting
balance. Modeling flash can be fired during wireless multiple flash
shooting (p.44) as well.
This function optimizes the white balance during flash shooting by
transmitting the color temperature information to the EOS DIGITAL
camera when the flash fires. When you set the camera’s white balance
to <A> or <Q>, the function is enabled automatically.
See the specifications in your camera’s instruction manual to find out if
it is compatible with this function.
Modeling FlashN
Color Temperature Information Transmission
To avoid degrading and damaging the flash unit due to overheating, do
not fire the modeling flash more than 20 times continuously. After firing it
20 times continuously, allow a rest time for at least 10 min.
If the modeling flash is fired more than 20 times continuously, the safety
function may activate and restrict flash firing. If this happens, allow a rest
time for at least 10 min.
During Live View shooting, firing modeling flash (by operating the camera)
is not possible.
Modeling flash (by operating the camera) is disabled when using the flash
unit with EOS M2, EOS M, EOS Elan II/Elan II E/50/50E, EOS REBEL K2/
3000V, EOS REBEL XS N/REBEL G II/3000N/66, EOS REBEL 2000/300,
EOS REBEL G/500N, EOS IX, or EOS IX Lite/IX 7. Set C.Fn-02 to 1 or 2
(p.61), and fire modeling flash using the test flash button.
Modeling flash can be fired using the test flash button (C.Fn-02/p.61).
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Effective Flash Range (Reference)
EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
+Life-Size Converter EF
Aperture
Magnification
Magnification
Magnification
EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Aperture
MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo
Aperture
EF100mm f/2.8 Macro/
EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM/
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Aperture
Magnification
EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Aperture
Magnification
: Effective flash range
(both sides firing)
ISO100
32
22
16
11
8
5.6
4
3.5
0.2 0.3 0.5 0.7 1
ISO400
0.2 0.3 0.5 0.7 1
0.1
0.1
0.5 0.67 1
ISO100
45
32
22
16
11
8
5.6
4
3.2
2.8
2.5
0.2 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.5
0.5 0.67 1
ISO400
0.13 0.13
ISO100
16
11
8
5.6
4
2.8
2 3 4 5
ISO400
2 3 4 5
1 1
ISO100
32
22
16
11
8
5.6
4
2.8
0.33 0.5 0.67 1
ISO400
0.33 0.5 0.67 1
0.25
0.25
ISO100
32
22
16
11
8
5.6
4
2.8
0.5 0.7 1
0.33 0.5 0.7 1
0.33
ISO400
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You can adjust the flash ratio between flash tubes A and B, or fire only
one of them. This can create shadows on the subject to give a more
sculptural look. The flash ratio can be set in half-stop increments as
follows: 8:1 to 1:1 to 1:8 (13 settings).
1 Set to <l>.
Press the <,> button to display
<%> and <l>.
2 Press the <F> button.
Press function button 3 <F>.
X The flash ratio is highlighted.
3 Set the flash ratio.
Turn <9> to set the A:B flash ratio,
then press <8>.
l Setting the Flash RatioN
Flash with the A:B Flash Ratio Set
A:B = 4:1 Flash tube B only
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l Setting the Flash RatioN
Set <4> or <5>.
Press the <,> button to display
<_> and <4> or
<_> and <5>.
Single-side Firing
Flash tube
B only
Flash tube
A only
Flash ratio control is not available on the models listed below. Both sides will
fire at the same flash output, or single-side firing will apply.
EOS Elan II/Elan II E/50/50E, EOS REBEL XS N/REBEL G II/3000N/66,
EOS REBEL 2000/300, EOS REBEL G/500N, EOS IX, EOS IX Lite/IX 7
The flash ratio of 8:1 to 1:1 to 1:8 is equivalent to 3:1 to 1:1 to 1:3 (1/2-
stop increments) when converted to the number of f/stops.
The details of the flash ratio settings are as follows.
When <l>, <4>, or <5> is not displayed, flash tubes
A and B will fire at the same flash output.
When the flash mode is set to <a>, see pages 32-34.
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In the same way as normal exposure compensation, you can set
exposure compensation for flash. The flash exposure compensation
amount can be set up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
1 Press the <@> button or
<8>.
Press function button 2 <@> or
<8>.
X <f> is displayed and the flash
exposure compensation amount is
highlighted.
2 Set the flash exposure
compensation amount.
Turn <9> to set the flash exposure
compensation amount, then press
<8>.
X The flash exposure compensation
amount is set.
“0.3” indicates 1/3 stops, and “0.7”
indicates 2/3 stops.
To cancel flash exposure
compensation, return the
compensation amount to “±0”.
f Flash Exposure CompensationN
Generally, set an increased exposure compensation for bright subjects,
and set a decreased exposure compensation for dark subjects.
If the camera’s exposure compensation is set to 1/2-stop increments, flash
exposure compensation will be up to ±3 stops in 1/2-stop increments.
When the flash exposure compensation is set on both the flash and the
camera, priority is given to the flash setting.
The flash exposure compensation amount can be set directly with <9>
without pressing the function button 2 <@> or <8> (C.Fn-13/p.63).
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You can take three shots while automatically changing the flash output.
This is called “FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing)”. The settable range is
±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
1 Press the <E> button.
Press function button 3 <E>.
X <g> is displayed.
2 Set the FEB level.
Turn <9> to set the FEB level, then
press <8>.
X The FEB level is set.
“0.3” indicates 1/3 stops and “0.7”
indicates 2/3 stops.
When used together with flash
exposure compensation, FEB
shooting is performed based on the
flash exposure compensation
amount.
When the FEB range exceeds ±3
stops, the end of the flash exposure
level shows <I> or <J>.
g FEBN
After the three shots are taken, FEB is canceled automatically.
Before shooting with FEB, it is recommended to set the camera’s drive
mode to single shooting, and check that the flash is recycled for each shot.
You can use FEB together with flash exposure compensation or FE lock.
If the camera’s exposure compensation is set to 1/2-stop increments, flash
exposure compensation will be up to ±3 stops in 1/2-stop increments.
You can set FEB to remain active after shooting the three shots (C.Fn-03/p.61).
You can change the FEB shooting sequence (C.Fn-04/p.62).
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FE (Flash Exposure) lock locks the correct flash exposure setting for
any part of the scene.
While <a> is displayed on the LCD panel, press the camera’s
<B> button. For cameras without a <B> button, press the
<A> (AE lock) or <7> button.
1 Focus on the subject.
2 Press the <B> button. (8)
Aim the center of the viewfinder over
the subject and press the <B>
button.
X The MR-14EX II fires a preflash, and
the flash output required for the
subject is retained in the memory.
X “FEL” will be displayed in the
viewfinder for 0.5 sec.
Each time you press the <B>
button, a preflash will be fired and the
new flash output required at that time
is retained in the memory.
7: FE LockN
If a correct exposure cannot be obtained when FE lock is performed, <Q>
blinks in the viewfinder. Move closer to the subject, open the aperture,
and perform FE lock again. You can also set a higher ISO speed and
perform FE lock again when using a digital camera.
If the target subject is too small in the viewfinder, FE lock may not be
effective.
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With high-speed sync, the flash can synchronize with all shutter
speeds. This is convenient when you want to shoot in the aperture-
priority AE (f) mode (open aperture) with background blur.
Display <c>.
Press function button 4 <Y> to
display <c>.
Check that <F> is lit in the
viewfinder.
c High-speed SyncN
With high-speed sync, the faster the shutter speed, the lower the guide
number will be.
If the set shutter speed is slower than the maximum flash sync speed,
<F> is not displayed in the viewfinder.
To return to normal flash shooting, press function button 4 <Y> to
turn off <c>.
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Shooting with a slow shutter speed and second-curtain sync captures
the trajectory of the light source of a moving subject in a natural way.
The flash fires right before the exposure finishes (shutter closes).
Display <r>.
Press function button 4 <Y> to
display <r>.
r Second-curtain SyncN
Second-curtain sync works well when the camera’s shooting mode is set
to <F> (bulb shooting).
To return to normal flash shooting, press function button 4 <Y> to
turn off <r>.
When the flash mode is set to <a>, the flash fires twice. The first
flash is a preflash to determine the flash output. It is not a malfunction.
Second-curtain sync is disabled during wireless multiple flash shooting
(p.44).
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You can set the flash output from 1/1 full output to 1/128 power in 1/3-
stop increments. The flash can be fired in one of the following three
ways: Flash tubes A and B fired at the same output, A and B fired at
different outputs, Only A or B fired.
Setting the camera’s shooting mode to <f> or <a> is
recommended. First, take a test shot to check the exposure.
1 Set the flash mode to <q>.
Press the <E> button and set to
<q>.
2 Turn off <,>.
Press the <,> button to turn off
<,>.
3 Set the flash output.
Press function button 2 <@> or
<8>.
X The flash output level is highlighted.
Turn <9> to set the flash output,
then press <8>.
q: Manual FlashN
Firing Flash Tubes A and B at the Same Flash Output
If high-speed sync is set, the setting range will be 1/1 - 1/64.
The guide number will differ between both sides firing and single-side
firing even when the flash output settings are the same (p.75).
You can set the flash output directly by turning <9>, instead of pressing
the function button 2 <@> or <8> (C.Fn-13/p.63).
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q: Manual FlashN
1 Set <4> and <5>.
Press the <,> button to display
<%>, <4>, and
5.
2 Select a flash unit.
Press function button 3 <F> or
<8> and turn <9> to select flash
unit A or B.
3 Set the flash output.
Press function button 3 <1> or
<8>.
Turn <9> to set the flash output,
then press <8>.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to set the flash
output for flash tubes A and B.
Firing Flash Tubes A and B at a Different Flash Output
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q: Manual FlashN
1 Set <4> or <5>.
Press the <,> button to display
<_> and <4> or
<_> and <5>.
2 Set the flash output.
Press function button 3 <@> or
<8>.
Turn <9> to set the flash output,
then press <8>.
Single-side Firing
Flash tube
B only
Flash tube
A only
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q: Manual FlashN
When using an EOS-1D series camera, the flash exposure level can be
manually set before shooting. This is convenient for shooting at a short
distance from the subject. Use a 18% gray reflector (commercially
available) and shoot as follows.
1 Configure the camera and MR-14EX II settings.
Set the camera’s shooting mode to <a> or <f>.
Set the MR-14EX II’s flash mode to <a>.
2 Focus on the subject.
Focus manually.
3 Set up an 18% gray reflector.
Place the gray reflector at the subject’s position.
Aim the camera so that the entire spot metering circle at the
viewfinder center is over the gray reflector.
4 Press the <B>, <P>, or <7> button. (8)
X The MR-14EX II will fire a preflash and the required flash output
for the correct flash exposure is retained in memory.
X On the right side of the viewfinder, the exposure level indicator
will show the flash exposure level against the standard exposure.
5 Set the flash exposure level.
Adjust the MR-14EX II’s manual flash level and the
aperture so that the flash exposure level aligns with
the standard exposure index.
6 Take the picture.
Remove the gray reflector and take the picture.
Metered Manual Flash Exposures
Metered manual flash exposure is available only with EOS-1D series
cameras.
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You can return the settings of the MR-14EX II shooting functions and
wireless multiple flash shooting settings to their default settings.
Press function buttons 2 and 3
simultaneously for 2 seconds or
longer.
X The MR-14EX II settings are cleared
and the settings will return to normal
shooting and <a> flash mode.
Clearing MR-14EX II SettingsN
Even when the settings have been cleared, the transmission channel during
wireless multiple flash shooting as well as the Custom Function and
Personal Function settings (p.58) will not be canceled.
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2
Setting Flash Functions
with Camera Operations
This chapter describes how to set the flash functions
from the camera’s menu screen.
When the camera’s shooting mode is set to a fully automatic
mode or an Image Zone mode, the operations in this chapter are
not available. Set the camera’s shooting mode to d/s/f/a/
F (Creative Zone mode).
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When using EOS DIGITAL cameras released since 2007, you can set
flash functions or Custom Functions from the camera’s menu screen.
For the camera operations, see the camera’s instruction manual.
1 Select [External Speedlite
control].
Select [External Speedlite control]
or [Flash control].
2 Select [Flash function settings].
Select [Flash function settings] or
[External flash func. setting].
X The setting screen is displayed.
3 Set the function.
The setting screen and items
displayed vary depending on the
camera.
Select an item and set the function.
Flash Control from the Camera’s Menu Screen
Flash Function Settings
Example 1 Example 2
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Flash Control from the Camera’s Menu Screen
The main settable functions from the Camera’s [Flash function
settings] or [External flash func. setting] screen are as follows. The
settings available vary by the camera used, flash mode, etc. For details,
see the next page.
Note that you cannot set “Flash ratio control” or “Wireless multiple flash
shooting” with C.Fn-15-0 setting. Set them by operating the MR-14EX II.
For details on restrictions (functions that cannot be set), see page 42.
However, you can set other functions from the screen.
Settings Available in the Flash Function Settings Screen
Flash firing Enable / Disable
E-TTL II flash metering Evaluative / Average
Flash synchronization speed in Av mode
Flash mode E-TTL II (autoflash) / Manual flash
Shutter synchronization 1st curtain / 2nd curtain / Hi-speed
Flash exposure compensation
FEB
Clear (flash) settings
When the flash exposure compensation is set on the flash unit, flash
exposure compensation cannot be performed from the camera. If both are
set at the same time, priority is given to the setting on the flash unit.
[Flash firing] and [E-TTL II meter.] are displayed in step 2 or step 3 on
the preceding page (vary by the camera).
When [Flash sync. speed in Av mode] is not displayed, it can be set
with the camera’s Custom Function.
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Flash Control from the Camera’s Menu Screen
Flash firing
To perform flash shooting, set to [Enable].
E-TTL II flash metering
For normal exposures, set it to [Evaluative]. If [Average] is set, the
flash exposure will be averaged for the entire scene metered by the
camera. Flash exposure compensation may be necessary
depending on the scene. This setting is for advanced users.
Flash synchronization speed in Av mode
You can set the flash synchronization speed when shooting in
aperture-priority AE (f) mode with flash.
Flash mode
You can select [E-TTL II] or [Manual flash] according to your
shooting objective.
Shutter synchronization
You can select the flash firing timing/method from [1st curtain], [2nd
curtain] and [High-speed synchronization]. To perform normal
flash shooting, set [1st curtain].
Flash exposure compensation
In the same way as normal exposure compensation, you can set
exposure compensation for flash. The flash exposure compensation
amount can be set up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
FEB
You can take three shots while automatically changing the flash
output. The settable range is up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Clear (flash) settings
You can return the settings for flash units to their default settings.
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Flash Control from the Camera’s Menu Screen
You can set Custom Functions for flash units from the camera’s menu
screen. The details displayed vary by the camera. If C.Fn-22 is not
displayed, set it by operating the flash unit. For the Custom Functions,
see pages 61-64.
1 Select [Flash C.Fn settings].
Select [Flash C.Fn settings] or
[External flash C.Fn setting].
X The flash Custom Function settings
screen is displayed.
2 Set the Custom Function.
Select the Custom Function number
and set the function.
To clear all the Custom Function
settings, select [Clear all Speedlite
C.Fn’s] or [Clear ext. flash C.Fn
set.] in step 1.
Flash Custom Function Settings
When using a camera released in 2011 or earlier, or EOS REBEL T5/
1200D, the C.Fn-22 settings are not cleared even if [Clear all Speedlite
C.Fn’s] or [Clear ext. flash C.Fn set.] is selected. When the procedure
described in “Clearing All the Custom/Personal Functions” on page 60 is
performed, all the Custom Functions are cleared.
You cannot set or clear Personal Functions (P.Fn/p.65) from the camera’s
menu screen. Set them by operating the flash unit.
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Flash Control from the Camera’s Menu Screen
Some of the following functions as in the tables below cannot be set
from the camera’s flash function settings screen (p.38). In such a case,
set it by operating the MR-14EX II.
When Custom Function C.Fn-15-0 is set
E-TTL autoflash
Manual flash
When Custom Function C.Fn-15-1 is set
All the functions such as wireless multiple flash shooting can be set
from the flash function settings screen.
Functions Which Cannot Be Set from the Flash Function
Settings Screen
Functions Which Cannot Be Set From Camera Operation on MR-14EX II
A:B flash ratio (control) Page 25
Wireless multiple flash shooting
• Transmission channel
• A:B flash ratio (control)
• Flash exposure compensation amount for
slave C
Pages 48-50
Functions Which Cannot Be Set From Camera Operation on MR-14EX II
Flash output for flash tube B when tubes
A and B are fired
Page 33
Wireless multiple flash shooting
• Transmission channel
• Flash output for tube B
• Flash output for slave C
Pages 48, 55-56
Single-side firing (p.26) is not possible when C.Fn-15-1 is set, since C.Fn-
15-1 is a setting for wireless multiple flash shooting.
For Custom Function C.Fn-15 (Macro: Wireless control), see page 63.
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Wireless Multiple Flash
Shooting
This chapter describes how to perform wireless multiple
flash shooting with optical transmission, using an EX-
series Speedlite (sold separately) equipped with
wireless slave function.
For the accessories required for wireless multiple flash
shooting, see the system map on page 68.
When the camera’s shooting mode is set to a fully automatic
mode or an Image Zone mode, the operations in this chapter are
not available. Set the camera’s shooting mode to d/s/f/a/
F (Creative Zone mode).
The MR-14EX II attached to the camera is called “master”, and
the Speedlite (external flash unit) controlled wirelessly is called
“slave”.
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Using an EX-series Speedlite equipped with optical transmission
wireless slave function, you can easily perform wirelessly-controlled
photography lit with multiple flashes.
The system is designed so that the settings of the MR-14EX II (master)
attached to the camera are automatically applied to the slave flash unit.
Therefore, you do not need to operate the slave unit while shooting. You
can then perform wireless multiple flash shooting, using E-TTL II/E-TTL
autoflash by simply setting the master unit to <a>.
(Wireless multiple flash shooting examples)
Multiple flash shooting with slave C added (p.49)
You can perform multiple flash shooting, using flash tubes A and B
of the master unit and a slave unit set to firing group C (slave C).
Slave C is automatically controlled to obtain a standard exposure by
firing group C alone. Therefore, it can be used to eliminate shadows
on the subject or create an accent light.
: Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting
Positioning and Operation Range
M
C
Approx. 80°
Indoors
Outdoors
Transmission range Approx. 3 m
(9.8 ft.)
Approx. 5 m
(16.4 ft.)
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: Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting
Advanced multiple flash shooting with slave A, B, and C added
(p.53)
This section describes multiple flash shooting with slave C where
slave A and B are also added. Slave A is controlled to fire with flash
tube A and slave B to fire with flash tube B as a group (as a single
flash unit).
B
A
C
Shooting with firing group C pointed directly toward the main subject may
result in overexposure.
Before shooting, perform a test flash (p.18) and test shooting.
To avoid interfering with transmission, do not place any obstacles
between the master unit and slave units.
Position the sensor of the slave unit pointed toward the master unit, using
the mini stand provided with the slave flash unit.
When shooting indoors, since the transmission signal is reflected off the
walls, operation may be possible even with slightly imprecise positioning.
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: Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting
Slave A is controlled to fire with flash tube A and slave B to fire with
flash tube B as a group (as a single flash unit). Multiple units can be
used as slave C. There is no limit for the number of units that can be
used as slave A, B, or C.
Slave Group Control
Slave C
Firing group C
Slave B
Firing group B
Slave A
Firing group A
Flash tube A
Flash tube B
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To perform wireless multiple flash shooting with E-TTL II/E-TTL
autoflash, set the master unit and slave unit with the following
procedure.
Display <:> and <M>.
Press the <,> button to display
<:> (optical transmission wireless)
and <M>.
When C.Fn-15 is set to 0 (p.63), check that <^>,
<l>, and <6> are displayed (p.49).
When C.Fn-15 is set to 1 (p.63), press the <,> button and
select the flash method from the options below (p.53).
• <_> and <j>
• <%> and <l>
• <^> and <l> <6>
Set firing groups (A, B, and C) for the slave flash units, referring to the
instruction manual of the EX-series Speedlite equipped with the slave
function.
Wireless Settings
Master Unit Setting
Slave Unit Setting
To perform normal flash shooting, press the <,> button to clear the
settings for the master unit.
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Wireless Settings
To avoid interference with optical transmission wireless systems used
by other photographers, you can change the transmission channel. Set
the same channel for both the master unit and slave unit.
1 Press function button 4.
Press function button 4 <]> to
display <C> at the position
above function button 1.
2 Set a channel.
Press function button 1 <C>.
Turn <9> to select a channel from
1 to 4, then press <8>.
Transmission Channel Setting
If the transmission channels of the master unit and slave unit are different,
the slave unit will not fire. Set both to the same number.
For information on how to configure the slave communication channel, refer
to the instruction manual of the EX-series Speedlite equipped with the slave
function.
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This section describes multiple flash
shooting where slave C is added to flash
tubes A and B.
1 Set the flash mode to <a>.
Press the <E> button and set to
<a>.
2 Set <l> and <6>.
Press the <,> button to display
<^>, <l>, and
<6>.
Check that <:> and <M>
are displayed.
3 Check the transmission channel.
If the channels of the master unit and
slave unit are different, set them to
the same number (p.48).
4 Set slave C and position it.
Set the firing group of the slave unit to
C, and position the unit within the
range shown on page 44.
a: Multiple Flash Shooting with Slave C Added
C
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a: Multiple Flash Shooting with Slave C Added
5 Set the A:B flash ratio.
Press function button 3 <F>,
turn <9>, select <l>, then
press <8>.
Turn <9> to set the A:B flash ratio,
then press <8>.
6 Set the flash exposure
compensation amount for slave C.
Turn <9>, select <6>, then
press <8>.
Turn <9> to set the flash exposure
compensation amount, then press
<8>.
7 Check that the flash is ready.
Check that the flash-ready lamp of
the master unit is lit.
Check that the slave unit is fully
charged.
8 Check the operation.
Press the master unit’s test flash
button.
X Slave C fires a flash. If it does not fire,
check that it is placed within the
operation range.
9 Take the picture.
Set the camera and take the picture,
in the same way as with normal flash
shooting.
X If a standard flash exposure was
obtained, the flash exposure
confirmation lamp lights for 3 sec.
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