Canon's newest flagship Speedlite EL-1 Flash is arriving Summer 2021
Canon Australia has just announced the release of its newest flagship speedlite, the Speedlite EL-1. The new high-performance flash has been designed to deliver consistent output results and 'enhanced versatility' when shooting.
Created with professional photographers in mind, the Speedlite EL-1 delivers a particularly quick recycle time of 0.1 to 0.9 seconds.
As a nod to the professional level of performance that the new flash has been designed to achieve, the Speedlite EL-1 is the very first Speedlite flash to boast a ‘red ring’, the seal of Canon’s professional ‘L-series’ image quality.
Canon claims that since the new flash is powered by the newly-designed Canon LP-EL battery pack, the Speedlite EL-1 allows photographers to shoot for longer than previous models. Additionally, the newly designed battery pack also features a battery level indicator so photographers can more easily gauge the time they have left to shoot.
As an extra in-built battery-saving feature, when photographers switch into Continuous Shooting Mode, the flash output is automatically brought down by one stop and the ISO speed is raised by one stop.
As for performance, Canon has said that the Speedlite EL-1 delivers a consistently strong flash which helps to illuminate almost any scene. Boasting a Guide Number of GN60, the new flash has a powerful output that can cast light on even distant objects.
A big part of the design of the Speedlite EL-1 was the desire to give photographers more flexibility and control when shooting. This includes new bi-colour LED modelling lamps, which allow photographers to see how the light of the flash will be cast on their subject, therefore allowing them to more easily make adjustments to brightness and colour temperature.
Part-and-parcel of giving more control to photographer is ensuring sure the product is easy and intuitive to use. The new Speedlite EL-1 has been designed with a joystick and a user-friendly interface that features an LCD screen enhanced with a white backlight, as well as a white-text-on-black-background mode, to make the screen easier to read across different lighting conditions.
The Speedlite EL-1 also features a low-power mode down to 1/8192, and when photographers use this mode, it means that they have the ability to control the flash output across 14 steps of range, which Canon suggests may be useful in areas like macro photography and portraits.
The Speedlite EL-1 is also capable of 120 degrees of tilt, allowing for more bounce movement. The flash can now be directed backwards, which makes it easier to bounce the flash and soften the light cast on the subject.
Finally, the new flash also features a Flash Exposure memory function. with this, the Speedlite EL-1 can store the last used flash shot settings.
Canon haven't given any indication of local pricing, but the Speedlite EL-1 will be available from 'Summer 2021'. While you wait, you can visit Canon’s website here for more.