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Canon Speedlight EL-1
For When You Only Get One Chance
For those unrepeatable moments, when you can’t ask your subject to simply ‘do it one more time’, there is the EL-1. Absolute reliability and blistering performance, plus advanced wireless communication and a Li-ion battery, make this the ultimate portable flash.
For anyone who is serious about flash, the EL-1 represents the ultimate in performance, speed and reliability. Press, event and red-carpet photographers will appreciate its lightning-fast recycle times and the huge number of flashes available in a single burst. Those shooting location portraiture and fashion will love the EL-1’s creative flexibility.
- Fast 0.1-0.9 sec recycle times - Always ready, with up to 170 full-power flashes in a burst
- Rechargeable Li-ion battery - Consistent, reliable performance with up to 335 shots at full power
- Guide number 60m - Light up distant subjects and large groups
- Weather-resistant construction - Work confidently in poor conditions
- Active cooling system - Shoot for longer without overheating
- Wide range of power levels - From full to 1/8192 power, for maximum flexibility
- Accurate battery level indicator - So you’ll know when to replace or recharge a battery
- Built-in LED modelling light - With colour temperature and brightness controls
Features and benefits
Prepared for every moment
Be ready for anything. Super-fast 0.1-0.9 sec recycle times mean bursts of up to 170 full-power flashes, plus high speed bursts at lower power levels are also possible.
Power when you need it most
A high-performance LP-EL battery powers the EL-1’s blisteringly fast shooting speeds and shot-to-shot reliability. Expect up to 2345 shots from a single charge. An accurate battery level indicator lets you know when it’s time to recharge or replace your power source.
Shoot with confidence
When the pressure’s on, you can count on the EL-1 to deliver. It’s guide number of 60m is backed up by the same degree of dust and water resistance as our L-Series lenses. An active cooling system prevents overheating, so you can shoot for longer.
Flexibility and control
Light your subject from anywhere in the scene, controlling the EL-1 wirelessly with a radio or optical trigger. Use multiple Speedlites together (as individual units or groups) for highly creative lighting.
Be more creative with your lighting
A built-in bi-colour LED modelling light lets you see where and how the EL-1’s flash output will look, and preview where shadows will fall. Manual flash output can be varied between full and 1/8192 power
New Technology Explained
Battery Pack LP-EL
The LP-EL was designed with high-performance flash photography in mind. It’s capable of holding a lot of charge, and can deliver the large currents required for very fast recycling and burst shooting – something that the EL-1 excels in.
It’s quicker to change than a set of AA batteries and can be charged using our LC-E6 battery charger, which is supplied with many of the Canon EOS cameras. The EL-1 can show exactly how much charge is remaining, so you can change or recharge it at a time that most convenient – no nasty surprises!
When used in the EL-1, the LP-EL battery delivers up to 335 full-power discharges. It can be charged to full capacity in approx. 2 hours 10 minutes and has a life of at least 300 charge/discharge cycles.
Flash Exposure memory
Flash Exposure (FE) memory lets photographers combine the convenience of E-TTL Auto flash with the shot-to-shot consistency of manual flash exposures.
Firstly, the scene is photographed using E-TTL auto flash exposure. Then, when the photographer is happy with the result, then EL-1 can then be switched into manual mode where FE memory ensures that power setting from E-TTL mode is set and ready to use.
This is ideal for those situations when you don’t want small changes in ambient light, composition or subject positioning to bring about changes in flash output because of slightly different E-TTL metering.
LED modelling light
A bright dual-LED modelling light is built into the flash head, giving photographers the ability to preview the flash output from the EL-1 while they are setting up a shot. Reflections and shadows can be better anticipated and controlled to give exactly the look and feel the photographer wants.
The modelling lamp has five brightness levels and five colour temperature settings. It can also act as an AF assist lamp in poor lighting conditions. It’s switched on either with a dedicated LAMP button on the EL-1 itself or with a double-half-press of the camera’s shutter release.
The time for which the modelling lamp stays on once activated can be changed from 5 min to 30 min or to ‘unlimited’. It switches off just before the flash fires, so that its brightness doesn’t affect the image being captured. It then stays off until next activated.
What’s in the box
- Speedlite EL-1
- Speedlite case
- Battery Pack LP-EL
- Battery Charger LC-E6E
- Mini stand
- Bounce Adapter SBA-EL
- Color Filter SCF-ELOR1
- Color Filter SCF-ELOR2