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Speedlite EL-1


Item Code: 4571C002AA


Maximum Guide Number of 197 Ft./60m at ISO 100 Zoom Flash Head with Wide Range of 24-200mm

The Speedlite EL-1 has a maximum guide number of 197 ft. (60m) at ISO 100 to provide you the versatile lighting you desire for flash photography in a variety of situations, such as outdoor weddings, portraits, and low light scenarios during indoor events. It offers a wide range of 24mm to 200mm flash coverage to match popular 24-105mm, and 70-200mm lenses, and can even be used with lenses as wide as 14mm with use of the extendable 14mm wide-panel. To maximize power, and make the flash user-friendly, the Speedlite EL-1 automatically zooms with the focal length of your lens from 24-200mm in accordance with your camera's sensor (Full-frame or APS-C) , or a manual setting can be selected for manual control.

New Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Utilizing LC-E6 Battery Charger

Improved performance and convenience are the results of the new compact and rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack LP-EL. It delivers the power and reliability needed when shooting any situation, especially weddings or photojournalism opportunities when a moment can be once-in-a-lifetime, so you can feel confident in the flash recycle performance when shooting a series of images for extended periods of time. You can even view the remaining battery level in the top right display of the Speedlite EL-1, letting you know just how long you can go or when it's time to recharge with the LC-E6 battery charger.

Improved Recycling Time (0.9 Sec.)* and Number Of Flashes (335 Times)**

Additional benefits of the new rechargeable Li-ion Battery in the Speedlite EL-1 is the speed at which the flash recycles so you can utilize it back to back repetitively, one flash after another. With an approx. recycle time of 0.9 sec. (approx. 6x faster than the 600EX II-RT when the 600EX II-RT is used with AA/LR6 alkaline batteries) you will find improved consistency and less underexposed black frames, when the opportunity presents itself. The improved power of the rechargeable Li-ion Battery is also evidenced by the number of times you can fire the flash when fully charged, up to 335 times (approx. 3x longer than the 600EX II-RT when the 600EX II-RT is used with AA/LR6 alkaline batteries) before having to recharge or simply swapping out for another LP-EL battery.

New Active Cooling System enabling Longer Operation

An active cooling system helps circulate air throughout the flash head to keep it cool when firing continuously for longer periods of time, using a fan and glass panel to improve heat resistance. This cooling system lets you keep firing the flash for approx. 170 continuous shots*1, while also not impairing the dust- and water-resistance of the Speedlite EL-1.

*1 At 73°F, with the fan set to ON, and before reaching flash firing restriction Level 1, with no flash adapters fitted (bursts up to 160 full power flashes with the flash zoomed from 150-200mm).

Improved Thermal Management
A high-durability Xenon-filled glass flash tube helps the Speedlite EL-1 fire more effectively and efficiently.

More Versatility with Minimal Power Output Range 1/8192

The Speedlite EL-1 has a wide 14-stop exposure range from 1/1 to 1/8192 to greatly expand the levels of versatility in flash output from brightest to dimmest. This means you're better equipped to capture all sorts of expression whether it's at close range like portraits, further away, or even balancing flash with dimly lit scenes where many existing flashes are too bright to obtain proper exposure.

Improved User Interface with New Joystick, Display and Control Layout

Equipped with an intuitive button layout and dial, the Speedlite EL-1 also features a joystick that allows you to cycle through and select various settings, and work more effectively and quickly. When working under pressure or in dimly lit situations, the Speedlite EL-1 also has an illuminated display to show relevant shooting information at a glance – both when the flash is in use or on standby, for fast and easy reference. Additionally, you can control your Speedlite quickly by setting your flash menu to a button, and with the FE memory function, you can even have the Speedlite EL-1 take note of flash settings for specific scenes so you can easily recall the configurations if shooting the same scene or similar scene repeatedly, or after taking a prolonged break and re-visiting, without having to manually set everything all over again.

LED Modeling Lamp with Adjustable Brightness and Color Temperature

When setting up your shots, you can utilize the two color LED modeling lamps on the Speedlite EL-1. These two lamps can help you ascertain the coverage and direction of light to get the results you want prior to shooting, and are also adjustable in brightness and color temperature when working in a dark studio. Each modeling lamp automatically turns off during release.

Same Dust- and Water-Resistance as EOS-1D Series and a New High-Durability Glass Flash Tube

The Speedlite EL-1 is designed to maintain the high standard of dust- and water-resistant performance found on Canon's EOS-1D series of cameras. Its exterior seams are sealed to help maintain airtightness, while a dust- and water-resistant adapter mounted to the bottom of the flash surrounds and locks around the camera's hot shoe for a nearly impenetrable seal. By maintaining the overall weather-resistant surface of the EOS-1D series, the Speedlite EL-1 can bring flash photography to more places, in more environments, without compromise.

Support of RT Series Flash Products and Wireless Second-Curtain Sync

Radio wireless transmission means the Speedlite EL-1 can be used to support off-camera shooting in a number of ways, including multiple flash shooting, with the use of up to 15 RT Series receiver Speedlites to produce light freely even when not attached to the camera. It also has Second-Curtain Sync for those amazing ambient light trails following your subject for even more creative possibilities.

(The following flashes support radio transmission wireless second-curtain sync as receivers: 600EX II-RT, 600EX-RT, 430EX III-RT.)

Full Swivel 180° with Bounce Up To 120°, Built-in Catch Light Panel and Wide Panel

The Speedlite EL-1's flash head is designed for easy bounce flash, in any direction. The head can now be angled 120° up, 7° down and can rotate 180° left and right. A bounce lock with release button helps things stay in place. Additionally, the Speedlite EL-1 features a catchlight panel to create catchlights in the eyes of the subject for a more expressive look.

Bounce Adapter and Two Color Filters Included

The Speedlite EL-1 is bundled with key accessories designed to help position, diffuse and tone its output for optimal results. The Bounce Adapter SBA-EL widens and diffuses bounce lighting, achieving a soft effect especially in shadow areas. The SCF color hard-type filter sets include the Color Filter SCF-ELOR1, which is effective in merging ambient incandescent light with the flash's bluish output to create a warm mood, and the Color Filter SCF- ELOR2, useful for balancing the flash output with incandescent lighting found in interior lighting, for more natural, realistic light. Both filters attach and detach with ease for quick and smooth set-up. The Speedlite EL-1 is also bundled with a soft case that is designed not only to hold all its flash accessories, but can also store the flash unit with the filter attached and has a belt loop for speedy access on the go.

CP-E4N battery pack compatible and Optional Accessories

Additional external power sources are supported with the Speedlite EL-1, such as the optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N. When used, the CP-E4N battery pack can help reduce the recharge time to 0.6 sec. (with AA/LR6 alkaline batteries)*2, or 0.4 sec. (with AA/LR6 Ni-MH batteries)*2 when shooting 1/1 full power consecutively, and increases the maximum flash count to approx. 560 times (with AA/LR6 alkaline batteries)*2 and 680 times (with AA/LR6 Ni-MH batteries)*2.

*2 Based on Canon testing.


Compatible Cameras

Type-A EOS cameras (E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash)

Flash Coverage (Focal length; for 35mm full-frame)

14mm Wide Panel: Manual
* Not compatible with EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye or EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM shoot-ing angles of view


• 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 46.3 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.

Maximum Energy


Flash Modes (Exposure Control Modes)

Flash Mode Flash ExposureCompensation FEB FE Lock Wireless
  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
        Yes Yes
        Yes Yes
  Yes Yes   Yes*²  
  Yes Yes Yes    
  Yes Yes Yes*⁴ Yes  

* 1: Set automatically when the camera shooting mode is set to Basic Zone modes.
* 2: Only Group firing is available.
* 3: Can only be set when the Speedlite is used as a sender in radio transmission wireless operation.
* 4: Only groups set to E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash.

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.


±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


FE Memory

• 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.

0: Off Disabled
1: On Enabled
2: On / Mode ETTL - M Enabled/ One-touch switching between E-TTL autoflash and manual flash

Number of Flashes

Approx. 335–2,345 flashes.
* With a fully charged Battery Pack LP-EL.
* Based on Canon Testing Standards.

Recharge Time

Power Supply Recharge Time (approx.) Flash count
Normal Flash Quick Flash
Flash Power Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max.
Speedlite EL-1 0.1 sec. 0.9 sec. 01. sec. 0.8 sec. 335 2345
Speedlite EL-1
+ CP-E4N (AA/LR6 Alkaline batteries)
0.1 sec. 0.6 sec. 01. sec. 0.5 sec. 560 3920
Speedlite EL-1
+ CP-E4N (AA/LR6 Ni-MH batteries)
0.1 sec. 0.4 sec. 01. sec. 0.35 sec. 680 4760
* Based on Canon Testing Standards

Flash Range

Effective flash range with EF 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100 (Light distibution: Standard)
  1. Normal Flash: Approx. 1.6–85.6 ft./0.5–26.1m
  2. Quick Flash (Flash-ready lamp: blinking): Approx. 1.6–52.5 ft./0.5–16.0m
  3. High-speed Sync (at 1/250 sec. shutter speed): Approx. 1.6–45.3 ft./0.5–13.8m

AF Assist Beam

Infrared AF-assist beam

Compatible AF System:-
TTL second image formation phase-difference AF
Supporting 1–191 AF points (28mm or longer focal length)

• Phase-difference AF during viewfinder shooting

Effective Range (Approx.):
At center: 2.0–32.8 ft./0.6–10.0m
At periphery: 2.0–16.4 ft./0.6–5.0m

Modeling Lamp

Brightness*¹ Manual setting: 1 (Low) to 5 (High) *Default setting: 5 (High)
Color temperatue*¹ Manual setting: 1 (Orange) to 5 (White) *Default setting: 1 (Orange)
On Illuminated in response to the following operations
• Pressing the button
• Pressing the shutter button halfway twice (with C.Fn-18 set to 1).

Off 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-09)

*1: set in P.Fn-08

Higher LED temperatue from prolonged illumination triggers the following safety functions
Temperature in-crease LCD Panel Modeling Lamp Operation
Icon display Illumination
Level 1 / On Modeling lamp brightness is lowered one level, if at the maximum level
Level 2 / Blinking
(2 Hz)
Modeling lamp is turned off

Wireless Settings

Sender Supported
*Secondary and additional units serve as sub-senders and display a SUB SENDER icon.
* Sub-senders cannot be remotely controlled by a receiver unit

Receiver Supported

Communication 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*¹*² Approx. 98.4 ft. / 30 m
Groups Up to 5 groups (A-E)
* Sender units are set to Group A
Number of possible units for communication Up to 16 units of senders and receivers in total
Max. sender units Up to 15
* Secondary and additional units serve as sub-senders
Max. receiver units Up to 15
* 1: Without any obstructions between senders and receivers, and without radio interference from other devices.
* 2: Transmission range may be shorter depending on factors such as how units are arranged, the surrounding environment, and weather conditions.

Transmission Status Display

Transmission status Display lamp LCD Panel
Sender Receiver
Connected Yes Yes On (in green) Sender,
Not Connected 0.1 sec. 0.9 sec. Off Sender,
Too many units/Error 0.1-0.6
  Blinking at 2 Hz
Sub-sender 0.1-0.4
  On (in green) Sub Sender
Confirmation of linked shooting Yes   On (in green) RELEASE

Wireless Firing Control

Wireless firing control via radio transmission
Flash Mode E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash
Manual flash
Stroboscopic flash
Group firing E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash
Manual flash
Auto external flash metering

E-TTL II / ETTL autoflash details


Manual flash details

ALL Flash ratio seting: 1/8192*¹*² to 1/1
A+B Flash output seting: 1/8192*¹*² to 1/1
A+B+C Flash output seting: 1/8192*¹*² to 1/1

* 1: Minimum of 1/128 for high-speed sync.
* 2: Speedlites that do not support a minimum flash output of 1/8192 use their minimum flash output instead.

Stroboscopic flash details

Flash count 1-100
Flash frequency 1-500 Hz
ALL Flash ratio seting: 1/8192 to 1/4
A+B Flash output seting: 1/8192 to 1/4
A+B+C Flash output seting: 1/8192 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
For all flash output set for groups A-E above, the same flash exposure compensation can be set.
* Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops

Test flash

Available (Sender/Receiver)

Modeling flash

Available (Sender/Receiver)

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
* Sub-senders cannot be controlled remotely

Communication functions

Compliance method Optical pulses
Channel Channel 1-4
Transmission range (approx.) From front of flash head
• Indoors: 2.3 - 49.2 ft. / 0.7 - 15 m.
• Outdoors: 2.3 - 32.8 ft. / 0.7 - 10 m.

Reception angle (approx.) • Horizontally: 45°
• Upward: 27°, Downward: 20°
Groups Up to 3 groups (A-C)
Max. sender units Unlimited
Max. receiver units Unlimited

Wireless settings

Sender Supported
Receiver Supported
Individual receiver Supported



Overview of optical wireless firing control
Sender flash firing On: Fires as Group A
Channel 1-4
OFF: Does not fire.
* Firing (optical transmission) to control receivers may be visible in shots.
Flash mode E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash
Manual flash
Stroboscopic flash

E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash details

ALL Flash metering control of all groups (A, B, C) as if they were a single flash unit.
Flash exposure compensation: ±3 stops
A:B Flash metering control to obtain the flash ratio set for groups A and B.
• Flash ratio setting: 8:1 to 1:8
• Flash exposure compensation: ±3 stops

A:B+C (1) Flash metering control to obtainv the flash ratio set for groups A and B
Flash ratio setting: 8:1 to 1:8
(2) Flash metering control of group C as if it were a single flash unit
• Flash exposure compensation: ±3 stops
The same flash exposure compensation can be set for (1) and (2) above
• Flash exposure compensation: ±3 stops

Manual Flash Details

ALL Flash ratio seting: 1/8192*¹*² to 1/1
A+B Flash ratio seting: 1/8192*¹*² to 1/1
A+B+C Flash ratio seting: 1/8192*¹*² to 1/1

* 1: Minimum of 1/128 for high-speed sync.
* 2: Speedlites that do not support a minimum flash output of 1/8192 use their minimum flash output instead.

Stroboscopic Flash Details

Flash count 1-100
Flash frequency 1-500 Hz
ALL Flash ratio seting: 1/8192 to 1/4
A+B Flash output seting: 1/8192 to 1/4
A+B+C Flash output seting: 1/8192 to 1/4

Individual Receiver Details

Manual Flash Flash output setting: 1/8192 to 1/1
•Flash output setting: 1/8192 to 1/4
•Flash count: 1-100
•Flash frequencey: 1-199Hz

Test Flash

Available (Sender/Receiver)

Modeling Flash

Available (Sender/Receiver)

Modeling Lamp

Available (Sender only)

Linked Functions

Supports linked shooting with automatic shutter release of up to 16 cameras (sender:1, receivers:15) linked to shutter release on the sender camaera.
*Shooting is not simultaneous, because receiver cameras shoot slightly afterthe sender camera shutter release timing.


Reflective memory LCD (normally black)


Approx. 1.89(H) x 1.04(V) in.

Display formation

Dot-matrix display

Dot Count

Approx. 56,000 dots (320x176)

Power Source

Battery Pack LP-EL
*AA/LR6 Alkaline Batteries and Ni-MH batteries cannot be used.

Battery Charger

Battery Charger LC-E6/LC-E6E
Car Battery Charger CBC-E6

External Power Source

*Optional - Supports CP-E4N Battery Pack

PC Terminal


Modeling LampIllumination Time

Approx. 3 hr 20 min. Continously
*With P.Rn-09 set to [2], and using a fully charged Battery Pack LP-EL

Dust-and-Water Resistance

*Water-resistant performance to EOS-1D series

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 3.32 x 5.87 x 5.37

Weight (Approx.)

20.18 oz (Body Only)
24.23 oz (Body and Battery)

Light Distribution

Set in C.Fn-21
0: Standard A light distribution setting that balances light distribution and the guide number.
1: Guide number priority Prioritizes illumination at the center of the screen, the periphery may be dark.
2: Light distribution priority Light distribution that reduces peripheral darkness.

Custom Functions

Function Number Setting
C.Fn-00: Distance indicator display 0 m (display in meters)
1 ft. (display in feet)
C.Fn-01: Auto power off 0 ON (90 sec.)
C.Fn-02: Modeling flash 0 Depth-of-field preview button
1 Test flash button
2 DOF/Test flash button
C.Fn-03: FEB auto cancel 0 ON
C.Fn-04: FEB sequence 0 0 -> - -> +
1 _->0-> +
C.Fn-08: AF-assist beam firing 0 ON
C.Fn-10: Receiver auto power off timer 0 60 min.
1 10 min.
C.Fn-11: Receiver auto power off timer 0 Within 8 hours
1 Within 1 hour
C.Fn-12: Flash recycle with external power 0 External and internal pwer
1 External power only
C.Fn-13: Flash exposure compensation setting 0 Button and dial
1 Direct setting with the dial
C.Fn-18: Modeling lamp lit 0 with lamp button
1 Press the shutter button halfway twice
*Lamp button can also be used
C.Fn-21: Light distribution 0 Standard
1 Guide number priority
2 Even coverage
C.Fn-22: LCD panel illumination 0 Stay on for 12 sec. after operation
1 Disable panel illumination
2 Illumination always on
C.Fn-23: Receiver charge confirmation 0 AF-assist beam blinking and flash-ready lamp
1 Flash-ready lamp

Personal Functions

9 Functions
Function Number Setting
P.Fn-01: AF-assist beam emission method 0 Infrared
1 Emmitting small series of flashes
P.Fn-02: Quick flash 0 ON
P.Fn-03: Flash firing during linked shooting 0 OFF
1 ON
P.Fn-04: Change settings with the direct dial operation 0 OFF
1 ON
P.Fn-05: FE memory 0 OFF
1 ON
2 ON / MODE: ETTL<-> M
P.Fn-06: Beep 0 ON
P.Fn-07: Fan 0 ON
P.Fn-08: Modeling lamp (brightness, color)   Brightness: 5 levels
  Color: 5 levels
P.Fn-09: Modeling lamp (lit time) 0 5 min.
1 30 min.
2 Unlimited

Speedlite EL-1

Speedlite EL-1
  • Speedlite EL-1
  • Soft Case (for Body/SBA-EL/SCF-EL)
  • Stand (For EL-1/EL-3)
  • Bounce Adapter SBA-EL
  • Color Filter SCF-ELOR1 (Light Orange)
  • Color Filter SCF-ELOR2 (Dark Orange)
  • Battery Pack LP-EL
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
Speedlite EL-1

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Seeing the Light with the Speedlite EL-1 and Bob Davis


Watch Canon Explorer of Light, Bob Davis, as he uses the new Canon flagship Speedlite EL-1 flash in a number of situations to illustrate its many advanced features, including 14 f-stops of flash exposure range from 1/1 to 1/8192, to perfectly illuminate the scene and subjects.

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* 0.9 sec: recycling time when flash is set to Manual Mode, 1/1, Full-power flash.

** 335 cycles when flash is set to Manual Mode, 1/1 Full-power flash.

† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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