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Canon Speedlite EL-1 Flash Announced with Updated Interface

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Along with the EOS M50 Mark II camera, Canon also announced the new Speedlite EL-1 flash. This is a new flash that offers a weather-resistant design, fast recycle times, and professional level performance. It’s the first Speedlite flash to feature a “red ring” like the L-series lenses.

The EL-1 uses a new battery – the LP-EL – that allows for a 0.9-sec recycle time at full power, and a claimed 335 full-power flashes. Though the new battery can be charged via the LC-E6 charger that owners of Canon’s full-frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras likely already own, the LP-E6 battery that powers those cameras cannot be used to power the flash.

The Canon Speedlite EL-1 will be available in February 2021 for a suggested price of $1099 USD at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Speedlite EL-1 Key Features

  • Fast recycle time of approx. 0.1 – 0.9 sec1
  • Weather resistant design
  • Multiple power options, with output as low as 1/8192
  • Powerful battery delivering 335 shots at full power
  • Guide Number 60

Press release:

Photographers: Expand your creativity and versatility to another dimension with the new Speedlite EL-1

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 14, 2020 –– As a photographer, the equipment you invest in needs to measure up to the standards you set forth as a creator. In the true spirit of exemplary creativity, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Speedlite EL-1. This new generation professional Speedlite provides higher performance and reliability unlike ever before, in comparison to previous models, with a new rechargeable Li-ion battery and newly designed user-friendly interface.

“As an extended form of expression, we understand that integrating a flash into your photography is an art form, and having the right equipment to meet your artistic demands is imperative to client service,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “We’re excited to bring the Speedlite EL-1 into our product catalog which continues to offer photographers, who are experts in their field, the right high-quality professional imaging tools of the trade.”

The Canon Speedlite EL-1 works seamlessly with EOS cameras and is ideal for any photographer who works in portrait, still-life, wedding or in-studio photography. It’s also a resourceful tool for those photographers who work for news agencies, red carpet events or entertainment reporters. Its durability and reliability are at the core of the newest features, which include:

  • A powerful rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack providing high speed recycle and increase in number of flashes while utilizing the Canon LC-E6 battery charger
  • An increased continuous firing number of approximately 170 thanks to a new active cooling system
  • Wireless second-curtain sync
  • New joystick, FE one-touch memory, LED modeling lamp and user interface display design
  • A high-durability Xenon glass flash tube to provide higher accuracy and durability of the flash head

Additionally, the Speedlite EL-1 provides an expanded power range for versatility of exposure with “micro flash” minimum flash output as low as 1/8192 power, a zoom flash head that covers a wide focal length range of 24-200mm, bounce angle expanded to 120° and the same level of weather-sealing comparable with the EOS-1D camera series. Also included are two color filters and a bounce adapter for additional lighting control making the EL-1 a strong addition to the evolving catalog of Canon Speedlite flashes.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon Speedlite EL-1 is scheduled to be available for in-store purchase in February 2021 at an estimated retail price of $1,099.00*.

Pre-order links:

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Body: $599 at AmazonB&HAdorama.
(Shipping is scheduled to start on December 3, 2020)

Canon EOS M50 Mark II with 15-45mm Lens: $699 at AmazonB&HAdorama.
(Shipping is scheduled to start on November 24, 2020)

Canon EOS M50 Mark II with 15-45mm and 55-200mm Lenses: $929 at AmazonAdorama.
(Shipping is scheduled to start on December 3, 2020)

Canon Speedlite EL-1 Flash: $1,099 at AmazonB&HAdorama.
(Shipping is scheduled to start on February 28, 2021)