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Speedlite EL-5: Pro Flash From Canon Revealed

- 2 years ago

The Canon Speedlite EL-5 has been revealed and features an advertised recharge time of just 0.1 – 1.2 seconds. It claims a lot of features but what exactly do you get? Full details below!


The Canon Speedlite EL-5 can provide up to 350 full-power flashes on a single charge or 85 long-continuous full-power flashes. The recharge time is advertised at a surprisingly snappy speed of 0.1 – 1.2 seconds. Wireless controls allow use with up to 15 additional Speedlites and a Camera Link function allowing external cameras to be triggered. Manual settings allow greater control for the user and allow the flash to be set as low as 1/1024th power. Gold-plated contacts are used which are stated to improve and ensure a reliable connection, and dust and water-resistant seals add to the overall durability. An ‘efficient passive cooling system’ has been built in by Canon to improve heat dissipation during use.

  • 350 full power flashes on a single charge
  • Recharge time 0.1 – 1.2 seconds
  • Wireless control with up to 15 additional Speedlites
  • Camera Link [for use with external cameras]
  • Long manual control range
  • Dust and water-resistant sealing

Price and Availability

The Speedlite EL-5 is priced at £499.99 and is available now.

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Peter is a photographer and writer based in Hastings on the South Coast of the UK. Having originally studied biology, his passion and now, profession, see him working with both film and digital cameras. Alongside news and feature-writing for PhotoBite.UK, Peter's spare time is dedicated to language learning and occasionally servicing his latest camera purchase – at the time of writing, an Argus C3.