Canon releases its first speedlight designed specifically for its mirrorless cameras

Nov 2, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Canon releases its first speedlight designed specifically for its mirrorless cameras

Nov 2, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Canon releases its first speedlite designed specifically for its mirrorless cameras

Canon has launched the EL-5, its first mirrorless compatible speedlight. The flash unit is directly compatible with the latest Canon mirrorless bodies the R6 and brand newly released R6II, the R3, R7, and R10.

Using the speedlight with the multi-function shoe found on the R lineup of mirrorless cameras unlocks the array of upgraded features available with the EL-5. Such features include an extremely fast recycle time of between 0.1 sec and 1.2 secs, and an ultra-low power setting of just 1/1024.

The speedlight is bang up to date and uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery has a long charge life, you should be able to shoot up to 350 full-power triggers on just one single charge. Alongside the ultra-fast recycle time, the speedlight is able to continuously trigger up to 95 flashes in a row.

It also features a useful modeling lamp, something that previously wasn’t a normal feature of speedlights. That was reserved for more expensive studio lighting. It also doubles up as an autofocus assist lamp to help you focus in dark scenes.

The multi-function shoe allows direct control of settings from the R range of compatible cameras, or you can simply control it via the app. The flash unit uses 2.4GHZ wireless radio transmission as a sender or receiver for wireless triggering and can control up to 15 flash units from up to 98′ away.

EL-5
Guide Number60m
Wireless groups5
Power1x Rechargeable LP-EL Lithium-Ion Battery
Wireless channels15
Dimensions80.2 x 139.9 x 123.3 mm
Weight491 g with battery
Price$399
Recycle TimeApprox. 0.1 to 1.2 Seconds
Number of flashesApprox 350 full-power flashes per charge
WirelessBuilt-in 2.4Ghz Radio (TTL/Manual)
Up to 98.4′ / 30 m (Master, Slave)
CoverageFull-Frame
24 to 200 mm
14 mm (with Wide-Angle Adapter)
ExposureCanon E-TTL / E-TTL II, Manual, Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync
Compatible withCanon EOS R6, R6II, R7, R3, R10
Auto Zoom HeadYes
Modelling lightYes
Power Range1/1 to 1/1024

All in all, it’s a compact yet powerful speedlight. Compared with the previous speedlites the 430EX III-RT or 600ex II-RT it’s a lot slicker and a lot quicker. Just the rechargeable battery and modeling lamp alone make this a decent upgrade.

Shipping starts in February 2023, and you can order now for $399.

 

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One response to “Canon releases its first speedlight designed specifically for its mirrorless cameras”

  1. Ned Avatar
    Ned

    The Canon R6 does not have a multifunction hotshoe so is incompatible with this flash.