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  • EL-5 Speedlight
  • 30 m (98') Transmission Range
  • 2405-2475 MHz Transmission Frequency
  • Approx. 350-2450 Flashes (On Full Charge)
  • 0.1-1.2 sec Recycle Time
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Speedlite EL-5

The Speedlite EL-5 is a newly designed flash that receives many features from the flagship Speedlite EL-1 while also including modern features all its own. Two popular features found in the EL-5 are the modeling lamp and the use of the high-capacity LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. 

Key Features:

  • Advanced Amateur flash with a new multi-function shoe connector for enhanced camera communication and functionality
  • The Speedlite EL-5 borrows some of the best features of the flagship EL-1 flash, such as a lithium-ion rechargable battery and a modeling lamp
  • Utilizing the same high-speed charging circuits as the EL-1 and a lithium-ion battery, the EL-5 acheives a recharge time of 0.1 to 1.2 sec
  • Even though the EL-5 does not have a fan it is still has a continuous flash count of approx. 95 or more at full output. Great for situations where you always need to be ready
  • Since the EL-5 does not need to use any power for a fan, all of that power can be used exclusively to charge and fire the flash. This increases the number of continuous flashes that the unit can emit to 350

The modeling lamp aids the photographer in seeing the effect of the flash’s light emission, including providing an idea of how shadows will fall on a subject. With this battery pack, and firing at full 1/1 manual flash power, the Speedlite EL-5 emits a guide number of 60m/169.9ft @ 200mm (at approx. ISO 100) with the ability to recycle to full power in just 1.2 seconds, and with the potential for up to 350 full power flashes being possible on a single battery charge. To improve working with the Speedlite EL-5 the joystick and select dial from the EL-1 are featured making operation easy, so adjustments can be made quickly, while shooting. Additionally, the new Multi-function connector at the EL-5’s “foot” enables advanced communication on multi-function shoe equipped cameras1 providing more customization and control to be shared between the flash and camera.

Additional Features:

  • Features the same joystick control and high-definition LCD as the EL-1.
  • This flash gets even more powerful when used with an EOS R-series camera. Assign flash functions to the control ring, utilize quick flash group control, and set up multi-flash shooting.
  • Utilize the free Canon Connect smartphone app to change settings like flash intensity, flash compensation, sync settings, multi-flash control, and FEB remotely.
  • Dust and moisture resistance equivalent to the EOS R5.

A Performance Flash for Today’s Advanced Imagemaker

The Speedlite EL-5 receives some of the best features of the flagship Speedlite EL-1 flash to improve the agility, and versatility of the working imagemaker, or advanced photographer.  With the use of the Canon LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, built-in Modeling light (LED), impressive flash output range, and in adopting updated user interface controls, and customization – the Speedlite EL-5 is the ideal tool to elevate your flash photography.

High-Speed Charging and Reliable Exposures

The high-speed charging system of the Speedlite EL-5 is truly impressive and is designed to meet the creative needs of the advanced image maker. With the use of the LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, recycle times are greatly reduced even when compared to a Speedlite 600EX II-RT using the CP-E4N battery pack.

With the ability to recharge in just 1.2 seconds during full power flash sequences in Normal flash mode, and recharging in approx. 0.1 seconds2 at minimum power in Normal flash mode – the Speedlite EL-5 is a high-performance flash that can deliver stable flash output even during high action situations. At full power, it can be fired up to 95 continuous times3 or more. Battery Pack LP-EL is charged with the same Canon LC-E6 charger that’s used for the LP-E6-type batteries used in many EOS cameras.

Versatile Flash Output

Any tool will only be valuable, if there are opportunities to use it to its full potential, and with the Speedlite EL-5 whether shooting indoors or out, dark situations or bright, or with a close-up or far subject – it has numerous features to handle challenging situations with ease. Whether you need the maximum flash output to capture a deep depth of field scene in a dark environment, or just a kiss of fill-light to reduce the shadows on the face of a subject – the Speedlite EL-5 has you covered with an extended flash output range of 1/1 to 1/1024th power (a three stop improvement compared to Speedlite 600EX-II RT – 1/1-1/128th), with full 1/1 manual power emitting a guide number of 60m/169.9ft @200mm (at approx. ISO 100).

Working with a variety of lenses is also easy, as the Auto zoom functionality allows flash coverage from 24-200mm. The additional 14mm wide panel can also be used for wider-angle flash coverage when working beyond 24mm. With a higher-precision flash output the Speedlite EL-5 will be a trusted companion for creative flash situations.

Multi-Function Shoe Connection

The new digital connector at the bottom of the Speedlite EL-5’s Multi-function shoe “foot” allows for greater flash to camera communication.  In the case of the EL-5 you get superior coordination between the camera and the flash unit compared to previous Canon Speedlites, including the “Menu direct” function, Customize button function, and Custom flash modes. Gold-plated terminals in the shoe improve connection quality, and the installation status is checked before starting communications, to ensure reliable connection to cameras such as the Canon EOS R3, R7, R10, and R6 Mark II.

Custom Flash Modes C1, C2, C3

Changing flash modes and settings on the fly in high-stress situations can be extremely challenging – and with the addition of Custom Flash modes, the ability to instantly switch between registered setting including E-TTL auto flash to Manual flash and individual values is now possible.  This is extremely helpful in situations where ambient light changes frequently (Ex. shooting a bride and groom kissing on the alter, then switching exposure to a backlit scene as they walk out of the church.)   This is also highly desirable when your priority for lighting changes from lighting a scene, to lighting only a face.  This versatility can also link C1, C2, and C3 at the flash to C1, C2, and C3 at the camera on compatible cameras – allowing the recall of flash settings registered in Speedlite EL-5 using the camera’s shooting mode.  By registering the flash settings in-advance the flash mode is directly switched using the camera’s shooting mode setting.

Intuitive UI Design

Speedlite EL-5 sports a modern and refined look, featuring the same joystick, Select dial and LCD panel as the flagship Speedlite EL-1 – creating an intuitive user interface, that enables quick adjustments while shooting. With Camera-linked functions available through use of the “Speedlite menu direct button” in compatible EOS R-series camera’s “Customize Buttons” menu, the use of the joystick can easily display “Flash function settings” or even “Quick flash group control” screens on the camera LCD screen for access to quick adjustments. Additionally, with the high visibility LCD panel on the Speedlite EL-5, it’s easy to check settings, and even available battery during high action situations.

Modeling Lamp

Previewing the effect of a flash has become easier with the addition of a built-in LED Modeling lamp. Brightness level can be set at five different levels, and can be controlled either by the dedicated button, or by pressing the shutter twice. Additionally, off-camera Speedlite EL-5 Receiver unit’s modeling lamps can now be activated and deactivated from a Sender Speedlite EL-5 to check its flash effect when using multiple Speedlites. Whether using the lamp for checking where your shadows will fall on a subject, or to aid AF-assist this LED light is incredibly helpful.

Expanded App Controls

Canon’s Camera Connect smartphone app allows users to control the wireless flash settings, shutter release, and check photo results. The user can operate and configure these settings from a smartphone without touching the camera or flash unit(s). This is particularly useful for multi-flash shooting, shooting with flash unit(s) placed in hard-to-reach spots, and shooting with a limited number of assistants. The user can choose the placement and direction of each flash unit, and then use the app to adjust the light intensity while checking the shooting results on the smartphone screen.

Dust and Moisture Resistance

In addition to the new rubber seal around the shoe locking mechanism, the EL-5 achieves dust and moisture-resistant performance equivalent to that of EOS R5. To ensure airtightness, sealing is applied to the joints of the exterior cover. Even when shooting under difficult conditions, dust and moisture is prevented from penetrating the unit body.

What's Included

Speedlite EL-5 Flash
LP-EL Battery Pack
Soft Case


Product Specifications

EL-5 Speedlite


Compatible Cameras EOS cameras equipped with a Multi-purpose Shoe
Flash Coverage (Focal length; for 35mm full-frame) 14mm
Wide Panel: Manual



• A: Auto
Flash coverage is set automatically, accounting for [Auto zoom for sensor size] and [Light distribution] settings at the lens focal length.
• M: Manual
Flash coverage is set manually
[Auto zoom for sensor size] and [Light distribution] settings are not taken into account.
Guide Number  The Guide No. is approximately 48.6 ft./14m at ISO 100.
- When the extendable wide panel is pulled out, the flash coverage is 14mm.
• The maximum Guide No. is approximately 196.9 ft./60m at ISO 100 and 200mm flash coverage.
- When the extendable wide panel is pulled out, the flash coverage is 14mm.
Max. Energy 76Ws
Flash Exposure Compensation ±3 stops, in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop*1 increments.
* The Speedlite's flash exposure compensation takes precedence if flash exposure compensation is performed by both the Speedlite and the camera. Users who prefer to enable flash exposure compensation by the camera should set flash exposure compensation by the Speedlite to 0.
* 1: Corresponds to exposure level increments on the camera.
FEB ±3 stops, in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop*¹ increments.
* FEB is automatically deactivated after three shots.
* Can be used with flash exposure compensation and FE lock.
* 1: Corresponds to exposure level increments on the camera.
FE Lock Supported
FE Memory Supported
• Stores the flash output of E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash and automatically sets the stored output level if users switch the flash mode to manual flash.
* Flash output may vary slightly between E-TTL autoflash and manual flash.

• Colors may vary between E-TTL autoflash and manual flash under the following conditions:
* When the color temperature of the Speedlite light differs greatly from that of ambient lighting and flash exposure compensation is set toward the negative end.
* When E-TTL balance is set to [Ambience priority].

• Differences in colors between E-TTL autoflash and manual flash may be reduced by taking one of the follow steps:
* Using the provided color filter.
* Setting white balance to an option other than AWB.
Number of Flashes Approx. 350–2,450 flashes.
* With a fully charged Battery Pack LP-EL.
* Based on Canon Testing Standards.
Recycle Time Normal Flash (Speedlite EL-5 w/LP-EL): 0.1-1.2 sec
Quick Flash: 0.1-1 sec
Flash Range Effective flash range with EF 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100 [Light distibution: Standard]
Normal Flash: Approx. 1.6–100.1 ft./0.5–30.5m
Quick Flash (Flash-ready lamp: blinking): Approx. 1.6–61.0 ft./0.5–18.6m
High-speed Sync (at 1/250 sec. shutter speed): Approx. 1.6–44.9 ft./0.5–13.7m
AF Assist Beam System:
LED AF-assist beam

Compatible AF System:-
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Light emitted: Visible Light (white LEDs) Effective Range (Approx.):
At center: 2.0–32.8 ft./0.6–10.0m

Modeling Lamp

Modeling Lamp Brightness    
Manual setting: 1 (Low) to 5 (High) *Default setting: 5 (High)

Color temperature    
Not supported

Illuminated in response to the following operations
• Pressing the button
• Pressing the shutter button halfway twice (with C.Fn-18 set to 1).

Off under the following conditions
• Releasing the shutter button
• Pressing the button
• Pressing the shutter button halfway twice (with C.Fn-18 set to 1)
• Timer: 5 min. / 30 min. / Unlimited (can be changed in P.Fn-07)

Wireless Functions for Radio Transmission

Wireless Settings
Sender Supported
Receiver Supported

Commnunication Functions

Compliance standards IEEE 802.15.4, ARIB STD-T66
Communication method Primary modulation: OQPAK
Secondary modulation: DS-SS
Transmission Frequency 2405-2475 MHz
Channel Channel 1-15 Setting:
Auto / Manual
Wireless Radio ID 0000 to 9999
Setting: Manual
Transmission Range Approx. 98.4 ft. / 30 m
Groups Up to 5 groups (A-E)
Number of Possible Units for communication Up to 16 units of senders and receivers in total
Max. Sender Units Up to 15
Max. Receiver Units Up to 15
E-TTL II / E-TTL Autoflash Details ALL
Manual Flash Details
ALL Flash ratio seting: 1/1024*1,2 to 1/1
A+B Flash output seting: 1/1024*1,2 to 1/1
A+B+C Flash output seting: 1/1024*1,2 to 1/1
Stroboscopic Flash Details
Flash Count 1-100
Flash Frequency 1-500 Hz
ALL Flash ratio seting: 1/1024 to 1/4
A+B Flash output seting: 1/1024 to 1/4
A+B+C Flash output seting: 1/1024 to 1/4
Group Firing Details Enables separate configuration of flash firing control conditions 1-3 below for each groups (A, B, C, D, E), to combine multiple methods of flash firing control.
  1. E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash
  2. Manual flash
  3. Auto external flash metering
Test Flash Available (Sender/Receiver)
Modeling Flash Not available
Modeling Lamp Available (Sender Only)
Remote Control from a Receiver Functions on sender units that can be controlled remotely from receiver units:
• Remote release
• Test flash
• Modeling flash


Power Source Battery Pack LP-EL
Battery Charger Battery Charger LC-E6 /LC-E6E
Car Battery Charger CBC-E6
External Power Source Not Supported
PC Terminal Not Supported
Modeling Lamp - Illumination Time Approx 4 hrs. 300 min. Continously
Dust-and-Water Resistance Supported
Dimensions Approx 3.2" x 5.5" x 4.9"
Weight 17.3 oz. (Body Only)
21.4 oz. (Body and Battery)

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