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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

Key Specs
Guide Number
46.3' / 14.1 m at ISO 100 (14 mm Position)
Auto Zoom Head
Yes
Bounce Head
0 to +120°
Swivel Head
180°
Exposure Control
Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
Wireless Operation
Radio (TTL/Manual)
Up to
Internal Power
1x Rechargeable (Lithium-Ion)
Off-Camera Terminal
PC, Proprietary
Flash Head
Guide Number
46.3' / 14.1 m at ISO 100 (14 mm Position)
Coverage
Full-Frame
24 to 200 mm
Angle of Coverage
14°
Auto Zoom Head
Yes
Bounce Head
0 to +120°
Swivel Head
180°
Recycle Time
Approx. 0.9 Second
Secondary Illumination
Modeling Light
Exposure Control
Exposure Control
Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
Flash Modes
Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Slow Sync
Power Range
1/1 to 1/8192
Flash Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless Operation
Radio (TTL/Manual)
Up to
Power
Internal Power
1x Rechargeable (Lithium-Ion)
External Power Pack Compatible
Yes
General
Mount
Shoe
Off-Camera Terminal
PC, Proprietary
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.3 x 5.9 x 5.3" / 83.8 x 149.9 x 134.6 mm
Weight
1.5 lb / 686.9 g (with Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
11.7 x 7.9 x 4.5"

Canon EL-1 Reviews

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Can you power this flash with rechargeable AA ...

Can you power this flash with rechargeable AA batteries?
Asked by: Jeff
The Canon Speedlite EL-1 does not work with AA batteries; it works with the Canon LP-EL Lithium-Ion Battery Pack.
Answered by: Elliot
Date published: 2024-04-02

Can it be remotely triggered using the Pocket ...

Can it be remotely triggered using the Pocket wizard Plus lll?
Asked by: Raul
Yes you can but you would need another pocket wizard to connect to the sync port on the Canon EL-1, but then you can trigger it remotely with the Pocket Wizard Plus III.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2023-10-04

Canon wireless

Canon wireless
Asked by: Mark
Yes, if you use the Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (Ver. 2) on the hot shot of a canon camera you could use this flash off camera as long as the camera shoe is 5 pin. The new multifunction hot shoes may require an adapter.
Answered by: Rachael B
Date published: 2023-09-20

how much power does it have? is higher than the ...

how much power does it have? is higher than the 600EX?
Asked by: Juan Manuel
Its guide number is virtually equal to 600EX II. Canon also disclosed that EL-1 is rated at 76 Ws.
Answered by: Vladyslav
Date published: 2022-10-15

Do you need a StE3rt with the eos r5 or 6 for ...

Do you need a StE3rt with the eos r5 or 6 for this flash to work?
Asked by: Sam
Yes an ST-E3-RT would be needed while set to wireless mode on the EOS R5/R6.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-07-18

I use a godox S-style mount for my speedlights ...

I use a godox S-style mount for my speedlights with elinchrom modifiers - will this fit or is it too big?
Asked by: Glenn
So I bought the el-1, and as I suspected, the head is too big for the S-type bracket, at least the old style made for Elinchrom. They now have a new version, but it only works with bowens mounts. Once again, I cant tell whether the new mount would fit; and if it did, Id need some adapter to go from bowens to elinchrom.
Answered by: Glenn
Date published: 2022-10-13

Im NEW to this. Does this amazing flash really ...

Im NEW to this. Does this amazing flash really require a separate purchase of an external battery power bank? or are the rechargeable batteries good enough to get by with, provided we bring 2 or 3 with us on-site?
Asked by: Jimmy
Unfortunately, you've not given us enough information to go on to properly assess your battery/power requirements. The Canon EL-1 speedlight's rechargeable LP-EL battery lasts 335 shots at full power. Depending on your requirements, you might require a few extra batteries to last the day/event.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-05-22

I just bought a quantem turbo battery pack for ...

I just bought a quantem turbo battery pack for this light. Is it supposed to power the flash without a battery in the flash? Or must there always be a batter in the flash, too?
Asked by: Jimmy
Yes, you need the keep a battery inside the Canon Speedlite EL-1 when using an external battery pack.
Answered by: Rob K
Date published: 2022-07-10
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