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Canon Speedlite EL-5

BH #CAEL5 • MFR #5654C002
Canon Speedlite EL-5
Key Features
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Radio Transmission
  • Guide Number: 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • Runs on LP-EL Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Modeling Lamp; Multi-Function Shoe
Powerful and packed with modern features, the Canon Speedlite EL-5 is tuned for advanced photographers. This model pulls some of the best features—such as a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack and modeling lamp—from the flagship and brings them into a smaller, more accessible package.
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Canon EL-5 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4Pure Power
  • 5Advanced Control
  • 6Compatibility
Powerful and packed with modern features, the Canon Speedlite EL-5 is tuned for advanced photographers. This model pulls some of the best features—such as a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack and modeling lamp—from the flagship and brings them into a smaller, more accessible package.
Note:
The Speedlite EL-5 uses the newer multi-function shoe. This is only compatible with select Canon EOS R Series camera bodies and will not work with older cameras that use a different hot shoe design.
Pure Power
Realize high-powered flash with speed and long shooting times with a combination of features of the EL-5.
  • Maximum guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm (76Ws)
  • Runs on rechargeable LP-EL Li-ion battery pack, with required battery charger available separately
  • Up to 350 full-power flashes on a single charge
  • Able to continuously trigger up to 95 flashes in a row
  • Manual power from 1/1 to 1/1024
Advanced Control
Advanced users can make the most of the EL-5 thanks to a revised control scheme and even more built-in wireless options.
  • 2.4GHZ wireless radio transmission as sender or receiver for wireless triggering and control of up to 15 flash units from up to 98' away
  • Multi-function shoe enables direct control of settings from compatible cameras
  • Control settings with your smartphone using the Canon Camera Connect app
Compatibility
The Speedlite EL-5 features the Multi-Function Shoe and requires a compatible camera. This includes:
  • EOS R6 Mark II
  • EOS R7
  • EOS R10
  • EOS R3

Canon EL-5 Specs

Key Specs
Guide Number
196.9' / 60 m at ISO 100 (200 mm Position)
Auto Zoom Head
Yes
Bounce Head
-7 to +120°
Swivel Head
360°
Exposure Control
Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II, Manual
Wireless Operation
Radio (TTL/Manual)
Up to 98.4' / 30 m (Master, Slave)
Internal Power
1x Rechargeable (Lithium-Ion)
Off-Camera Terminal
No
Flash Head
Guide Number
196.9' / 60 m at ISO 100 (200 mm Position)
Coverage
Full-Frame
24 to 200 mm
14 mm (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
Auto Zoom Head
Yes
Bounce Head
-7 to +120°
Swivel Head
360°
Recycle Time
Approx. 0.1 to 1.2 Seconds
Secondary Illumination
Modeling Light
Exposure Control
Exposure Control
Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II, Manual
Flash Modes
Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync
Power Range
1/1 to 1/1024
Flash Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Wireless
Wireless Operation
Radio (TTL/Manual)
Up to 98.4' / 30 m (Master, Slave)
Wireless Channels
15
Wireless Groups
5
Power
Internal Power
1x Rechargeable (Lithium-Ion)
External Power Pack Compatible
Yes
General
Mount
Canon Multi-Function Shoe
Off-Camera Terminal
No
Mobile App Compatible
No
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.2 x 5.5 x 4.9" / 80.2 x 139.9 x 123.3 mm
Weight
17.3 oz / 491 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.89 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
11 x 5.5 x 5"

Canon EL-5 Reviews

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Is this R6 compatible?

Is this R6 compatible?
Asked by: Alan
The Canon Speedlite EL-5 (B&H# CAEL5) is incompatible with the original Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera (B&H# CAER6). It is compatible with Canon mirrorless cameras with the new Canon Multi-Function Shoe such as the Canon EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera (B&H# CAER3), Canon EOS R6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera (B&H# CAER62), Canon EOS R8 Mirrorless Camera (B&H# CAER8), and others.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2023-02-22

Where does the Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N ...

Where does the Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N attach?
Asked by: Gary
The Canon Speedlite EL-5 does not take external power and will not work with the Canon CP-E4N Compact Battery Pack.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2023-05-01

Will the Canon AD-E1 Multi-Function Shoe Adaptor ...

Will the Canon AD-E1 Multi-Function Shoe Adaptor allow this to work with an R5?
Asked by: Jonathan
No, the following item is not needed as the Canon R5 is backwards compatible with Canon EX- and EL-series Speedlites on the market.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2023-06-12

Hi, please someone tell me, this flash show ...

Hi, please someone tell me, this flash show battery level? Thank you!
Asked by: Gavrila
The top-right hand corner of the Canon Speedlite EL-5 displays a battery gauge for remaining battery capacity. If you are looking for the percentage of remaining battery capacity, you may follow the following steps: 1) Press the <SUB MENU> button. 2) Press the joystick vertically or horizontally or turn the <Select dial> to select <Information>, then push the joystick straight in. 3) 2) Press the joystick vertically or horizontally or turn the <Select dial> to select <Battery Info.>, then push the joystick straight in. The screen that appears will have various battery information, such as the power source, remaining capacity (listed as both a segmented battery gauge and as a percentage), a record of the current battery flash count, and the battery recharge performance.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2023-06-18

Can this be used on a cannon 6d?

Can this be used on a cannon 6d?
Asked by: Monica
The new Canon Speedlite EL-5 is only compatible with Canon R mirrorless cameras--it isn't compatible with the 6D or any other DSLR.
Answered by: Boyd H
Date published: 2023-02-28

Can it be used on the EOS R camera

Can it be used on the EOS R camera
Asked by: George
Unfortunately Canon Speedlite EL-5 is not compatible with the Canon R.
Answered by: Dan W
Date published: 2022-11-22

is it compatible with 90D?

is it compatible with 90D?
Asked by: Oleg
No, the Canon EL5 flash is not compatible with the 90D.
Answered by: Naftoli
Date published: 2023-01-17

Can it work as a manual speedlight on the canon ...

Can it work as a manual speedlight on the canon R6? Thanks
Asked by: Juan Gonzalo
No, the Canon Speedlite EL-5 does not work on the R6 in TTL or Manual.
Answered by: Rob K
Date published: 2023-02-19
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