Canon Speedlite EL-1

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  • 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
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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.

Capable of handling professional applications, the EL-1 fully supports RT-series flash products for radio-based wireless control and triggering, including wireless second-curtain sync, and 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.

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wireless does not work on these

Reviewed on Tuesday, August 22, 2023

By: Bill_1995

Rated 1.0 out of 5 stars.

Have been using the "RT" flashes since the 600ex-RT came out. Only in the past few years have all of Canon's wireless radio flashes have stopped working reliably. Canon has not put any fix out for this. These flashes will drop link and stop working randomly and I do not recommend these for event/receptions where you can't fiddle with the flash settings after they have been set up.

Wireless is super unreliable

Reviewed on Friday, July 14, 2023

By: jhamm15

Rated 2.0 out of 5 stars.

The wireless on these EL-1 flashes are extremely unreliable. They drop link randomly or don’t work at all at some event venues. Not sure if Canon will address this issue ever, buyer beware if you plan to use these for off camera lighting!


Detailed Specifications
Weight: 1.5 lbs (with Battery)
Physical Specifications
Dimensions: 3.3 x 5.9 x 5.3"
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Flash Attributes
Angle of Coverage: Full-Frame 24 to 200 mm
Angle of Coverage:
Applies only to large format lenses. Angle of Coverage is the maximum area a lens can cover accurately.

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External Power Source: Yes
External Power Source:
Outside power source that supplies power to an electronic device.

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Model Light: Yes
Exposure Control: Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
Power Range: 1/1 to 1/8192
Swivel Capability: 180°
Swivel Capability:
The ability to angle and rotate a flash head for bounce and indirect lighting.

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Mounting: Shoe
Guide Number: 196.9' / 60 m at ISO 100
Guide Number:
The number which indicates the effective power of a flash unit.

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Bounce Capability: 0 to +120°
Recycle Time: Approx. 0.9 Second
Recycle Time:
The amount of time a camera or flash takes to reset the flash between shots. This is generally measured when the flash is being fired at maximum power.

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Power System
Battery Type: 1 x Rechargeable (Lithium-Ion)
Battery Type:
The type of battery for a device. Some cameras use single use alkaline while others use rechargeable lithium batteries.

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Brand: Canon

In The Box

  • Canon Speedlite EL-1
  • Canon LP-EL Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Canon LC-E6 Charger for LP-E6 Battery Pack
  • Canon SBA-EL Bounce Adapter
  • Canon SCF-EL Color Filter Set
  • Stand
  • Soft Case

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