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Canon Speedlite EL-1

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Canon Speedlite EL-1
Key Features
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Radio Transmission
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-200mm
Power, connectivity, and reliability, the Canon Speedlite EL-1 is an on-camera E-TTL / E-TTL II-compatible flash characterized by its flexibility to suit a variety of lighting needs. Featuring a xenon flashtube, greater exposure stability is possible along with a powerful guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and versatile exposure control from full 1/1 power down to 1/8192 power. Also distinct, the EL-1 utilizes the LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack to promote shorter recycle times of around 0.9 sec, approximately 335 flashes per charge, and it contributes to improved thermal management and the flash's active cooling system.
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Canon EL-1 Overview

Power, connectivity, and reliability, the Canon Speedlite EL-1 is an on-camera E-TTL / E-TTL II-compatible flash characterized by its flexibility to suit a variety of lighting needs. Featuring a xenon flashtube, greater exposure stability is possible along with a powerful guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and versatile exposure control from full 1/1 power down to 1/8192 power. Also distinct, the EL-1 utilizes the LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack to promote shorter recycle times of around 0.9 sec, approximately 335 flashes per charge, and it contributes to improved thermal management and the flash's active cooling system.

The EL-1 fully supports EL-series RT flashes via its built in radio trigger and receiver. It can trigger up to 15 RT-series receiver Speedlites to produce light freely even when not attached to the camera. For even more creative possibilities, the EL-1 features Second-Curtain Sync. The flash has a rugged physical design equivalent to the dust and water-resistance of the EOS-1D-series camera bodies. Its improved user interface incorporates an updated joystick design, display, and control layout and it features a tunable LED modeling lamp to help previsualize the lighting. Additionally, the flash head can fully swivel 180° left and right, bounce upward 120°, and it includes a built-in wide panel.

UPC: 013803331585

Canon EL-1 Specs

Flash Head
Guide Number46.3' / 14.1 m at ISO 100 (14 mm Position)
CoverageFull-Frame
24 to 200 mm
Angle of Coverage14°
Auto Zoom HeadYes
Bounce Head0 to +120°
Swivel Head180°
Recycle TimeApprox. 0.9 Second
Secondary IlluminationModeling Light
Exposure Control
Exposure ControlCanon E-TTL / E-TTL II
Flash ModesHi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Power Range1/1 to 1/8192
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless OperationRadio (TTL/Manual)
Up to
Power
Internal Power1 x Rechargeable (Lithium-Ion)
External Power Pack CompatibleYes
General
MountShoe
Off-Camera TerminalPC, Proprietary
Dimensions (W x H x D)3.3 x 5.9 x 5.3" / 83.8 x 149.9 x 134.6 mm
Weight1.5 lb / 686.9 g (with Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.005 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.1 x 7.9 x 4.6"

Canon EL-1 Reviews

Event Bonus

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-22

As wedding, portrait and event photographers our added light is sometimes a must. And the EL-1 upgrade from the 600 series really helps our game for speed, durability consistency and ease of navigation when needed. And long lasting batteries. I have also stopped needing my external power pack and cord. Freedom. Downside, it's bigger than it's predecessor, and may feel heavier but I don't know actual weights with batteries. I would buy again.

The best Canon flash money can buy! Worth every dollar!

By Samer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

I researched ALLOT and compared everything i could from Godox to the RT600 II etc.. here is the verdict.. In this day and age, with the internet and how everyone knows everything.. there is no cutting corners and saving.. You really get what you pay for! In my opinion, for $899, there is more tech and value in this flash than they are asking! It has insane recycle time. Its built like a tank, basically its built like a 1D style Canon camera body! Its weather sealed. It comes with rechargeable batteries and the charge holds forever! i have been practicing with it for a week and it has 60% battery left.. I must have taken 500 pictures so far! I can imagine that this will go a full photography session on a single charge It has a fan inside to cool it down for extended full burst flashes and it has a zoom motor that zooms the flash concentration back and forth. It has a modeling lamp to help the R5 focus in total darkness (the color temp of the modeling lamp can be changed from white to yellow!). It tilts in any direction and has diffusers. The question is, what does the EL-1 NOT have?? And the answer is: It has everything! If you are on the fence and doing mental gymnastics to get it or not get it.. Just get it and be done with it! I will be buying another EL-1 to use the on camera and off camera setup, loving it! :D

Instant recycling, heavy but worth it

By Lyle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-08

I would have said, You're crazy, about my paying $900 for an on-camera flash but while my credit card still whimpers every time I open the B&H webpage, I love this flash. I do primarily model photography which often means shooting almost as fast as you can. Previously, I've relied on an Godox AD360 with battery pack and even it starts slowing down after a few hundred shots. Using the Godox means a tripod and umbrella to get good results but when you are working in tight quarters and changing locations, it's a challenge. Recently, I bought the ProMediaGear BBGV2 Boomerang Flash Bracket along with the Canon Speedlite EL-1 for my Canon R5. The Boomerang bracket takes the weight off the R5 and lets you quickly switch from vertical to horizontal formats easily. On my first photoshoot with the EL-1, I couldn't believe how fast the recycle time was. Instantaneous would be my assessment of the recycle time, I kid you not. With the R5's fantastic eye autofocus system, I could basically tape the shutter button down and not miss a shot. The Canon EL-1 supports the R5's electronic zoom and flash controls perfectly. As an old school photographer, what would be perfect would be to move the capacitors out of the flash to an external battery pack like similar to the old Metz 202 style lightweight and powerful potato masher flashes. If you have a Canon EOS camera and need a powerful and rapid recycling flash, take a look at the EL-1.

Worth the expense

By Adam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-01

The greatest advantage of the EL-1 compared to other Speedlites is its rechargeable battery, which can fire the flash hundreds of times on a single charge. A menu on the display screen shows the amount of power remaining, the number of shots that have already been taken, and the recharge efficiency of the battery. The EL-1 is also easy to use in conjunction with other flashes, thanks to its built-in wireless capability. You can mount an EL-1 on your camera's hotshoe, and when you take a picture it will trigger a remote EL-1 to flash at the same time. Or you can put a wireless transmitter (Canon ST-E3-RT) on the hotshoe and trigger one or more EL-1s remotely. Just make sure that all of your devices are using the same Channel and ID settings.

Flash

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-30

I love the fact that the battery is rechargeable!

Amazing!

By Aaron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

Just came from 600's and wow, is there ever a difference! Just buy this and you'll never regret it! The recycle time is lightning fast and the battery lasts me 4 weddings! Buy one now!

Great possibilities, not sturdy enough for pro us

By James
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-21

Want to love this flash, but it keeps breaking. Power button falls off. rotating the head it came loose and looses connection. We have been professional photographers for 30 years. Started with t handle metzs...for those of you old enough to remember t handle flashes. We have used most everything since then. For the last 10 years we have used quantum q flashes. Why the old school giant flash...it cycles super fast. very powerful and batteries last a long time. No we do not have to spend a bunch of time in post fixing the lighting. When you have to do 300 awards photos in front of 1000 people. It cant stop working and you cannot wait for a long recycle. (but it is a monstrosity to carry around for 10 hours) Thought this flash might fit the party pic and slow paced jobs that need a flash. It has not held up (under light usage). Maybe this one is a lemon. I did buy a second one. I will rotate in the line up. Disappointing. On the good. When working, battery life is good, flash power is good. Not that I use ettl but its not bad. It has lots of potential.

no more AA batteries

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

No more fumbling with AA batteries. No more waiting for the flash to recycle. This new flash is fast and reliable.

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