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Canon Speedlite EL-5 Flash - 5654C002

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Canon 5654C002 Speedlite EL-5 Flash

The Speedlite EL-5 is a newly designed flash that receives many features from the flagship Speedlite EL-1 while also including modern features all its own. Two popular features found in the EL-5 are the modeling lamp and the use of the high-capacity LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. The modeling lamp aids the photographer in seeing the effect of the flash’s light emission, including providing an idea of how shadows will fall on a subject. With this battery pack, and firing at full 1/1 manual flash power, the Speedlite EL-5 emits a guide number of 60m/169.9ft @ 200mm (at approx. ISO 100) with the ability to recycle to full power in just 1.2 seconds, and with the potential for up to 350 full power flashes being possible on a single battery charge. To improve working with the Speedlite EL-5 the joystick and select dial from the EL-1 are featured making operation easy, so adjustments can be made quickly, while shooting. Additionally, the new Multi-function connector at the EL-5’s “foot” enables advanced communication on multi-function shoe equipped cameras1 providing more customization and control to be shared between the flash and camera.

Important: because of the transition to Canon’s Multi-function accessory shoe, please be aware that Speedlite EL-5 cannot be mounted or used on Canon cameras with other accessory shoe designs.


  • A performance flash for today’s advanced imagemaker
    The Speedlite EL-5 receives some of the best features of the flagship Speedlite EL-1 flash to improve the agility, and versatility of the working imagemaker, or advanced photographer. With the use of the Canon LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, built-in Modeling light (LED), impressive flash output range, and in adopting updated user interface controls, and customization – the Speedlite EL-5 is the ideal tool to elevate your flash photography.
  • High-speed charging and reliable exposures
    The high-speed charging system of the Speedlite EL-5 is truly impressive and is designed to meet the creative needs of the advanced image maker. With the use of the LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, recycle times are greatly reduced even when compared to a Speedlite 600EX II-RT using the CP-E4N battery pack.
    With the ability to recharge in just 1.2 seconds during full power flash sequences in Normal flash mode, and recharging in approx. 0.1 seconds2 at minimum power in Normal flash mode – the Speedlite EL-5 is a high-performance flash that can deliver stable flash output even during high action situations. At full power, it can be fired up to 95 continuous times3 or more!
    Battery Pack LP-EL is charged with the same Canon LC-E6 charger that’s used for the LP-E6-type batteries used in many EOS cameras.*
  • Versatile Flash Output
    Any tool will only be valuable, if there are opportunities to use it to its full potential, and with the Speedlite EL-5 whether shooting indoors or out, dark situations or bright, or with a close-up or far subject – it has numerous features to handle challenging situations with ease.
    Whether you need the maximum flash output to capture a deep depth of field scene in a dark environment, or just a kiss of fill-light to reduce the shadows on the face of a subject – the Speedlite EL-5 has you covered with an extended flash output range of 1/1 to 1/1024th power (a three stop improvement compared to Speedlite 600EX-II RT – 1/1-1/128th), with full 1/1 manual power emitting a guide number of 60m/169.9ft @200mm (at approx. ISO 100).
    Working with a variety of lenses is also easy, as the Auto zoom functionality allows flash coverage from 24-200mm. The additional 14mm wide panel can also be used for wider-angle flash coverage when working beyond 24mm. With a higher-precision flash output the Speedlite EL-5 will be a trusted companion for creative flash situations.
  • Multi-function shoe connection
    The new digital connector at the bottom of the Speedlite EL-5’s Multi-function shoe “foot” allows for greater flash to camera communication. In the case of the EL-5 you get superior coordination between the camera and the flash unit compared to previous Canon Speedlites, including the “Menu direct” function, Customize button function, and Custom flash modes. Gold-plated terminals in the shoe improve connection quality, and the installation status is checked before starting communications, to ensure reliable connection to cameras such as the Canon EOS R3, R7, R10, and R6 Mark II.
  • Intuitive UI Design
    Speedlite EL-5 sports a modern and refined look, featuring the same joystick, Select dial and LCD panel as the flagship Speedlite EL-1 – creating an intuitive user interface, that enables quick adjustments while shooting. With Camera-linked functions available through use of the “Speedlite menu direct button” in compatible EOS R-series camera’s “Customize Buttons” menu, the use of the joystick can easily display “Flash function settings” or even “Quick flash group control” screens on the camera LCD screen for access to quick adjustments. Additionally, with the high visibility LCD panel on the Speedlite EL-5, it’s easy to check settings, and even available battery during high action situations.
  • Custom Flash modes C1, C2, C3
    Changing flash modes and settings on the fly in high-stress situations can be extremely challenging – and with the addition of Custom Flash modes, the ability to instantly switch between registered setting including E-TTL auto flash to Manual flash and individual values is now possible. This is extremely helpful in situations where ambient light changes frequently (Ex. shooting a bride and groom kissing on the alter, then switching exposure to a backlit scene as they walk out of the church.) This is also highly desirable when your priority for lighting changes from lighting a scene, to lighting only a face. This versatility can also link C1, C2, and C3 at the flash to C1, C2, and C3 at the camera on compatible cameras – allowing the recall of flash settings registered in Speedlite EL-5 using the camera’s shooting mode. By registering the flash settings in-advance the flash mode is directly switched using the camera’s shooting mode setting.
  • Modeling Lamp
    Previewing the effect of a flash has become easier with the addition of a built-in LED Modeling lamp. Brightness level can be set at five different levels, and can be controlled either by the dedicated <LAMP> button, or by pressing the shutter twice. Additionally, off-camera Speedlite EL-5 Receiver unit’s modeling lamps can now be activated and deactivated from a Sender Speedlite EL-5 to check its flash effect when using multiple Speedlites. Whether using the lamp for checking where your shadows will fall on a subject, or to aid AF-assist this LED light is incredibly helpful.
  • Expanded app controls
    Canon’s Camera Connect smartphone app allows users to control the wireless flash settings, shutter release, and check photo results. The user can operate and configure these settings from a smartphone without touching the camera or flash unit(s). This is particularly useful for multi-flash shooting, shooting with flash unit(s) placed in hard-to-reach spots, and shooting with a limited number of assistants. The user can choose the placement and direction of each flash unit, and then use the app to adjust the light intensity while checking the shooting results on the smartphone screen.
  • Dust and moisture resistance
    In addition to the new rubber seal around the shoe locking mechanism, the EL-5 achieves dust and moisture-resistant performance equivalent to that of EOS R5. To ensure airtightness, sealing is applied to the joints of the exterior cover. Even when shooting under difficult conditions, dust and moisture is prevented from penetrating the unit body.



  • Flash Exposure Compensation
  • FEB
  • FE Lock Supported
  • FE Memory
  • Number of Flashes
  • Recharge Time
  • Flash Range
  • AF Assist Beam

Modeling Lamp

  • Modeling Lamp
    The modeling lamp (LED turns on under the following conditions
    • Brightness*¹
      Manual setting: 1 (Low) to 5 (High)
      • *Default setting: 5 (High)
    • Color temperatue
      Not supported
    • On
      Illuminated in response to the following operations
      • Pressing the <LAMP> 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 <LAMP> 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-07)
      • *1: set in P.Fn-06
  • Higher LED temperatue from prolonged illumination triggers the following safety functions

Wireless Functions for Radio Transmission

  • Wireless Settings
    • Sender
      • * 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
  • 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
  • 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.
    For all flash output set for groups A-E above, the same flash exposure compensation can be set.
    • (1) E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash
    • (2) Manual flash
    • (3) Auto external flash metering
    • * Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops
  • Test flash
    Available (Sender/Receiver)
  • Modeling flash
    Not available
  • 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

Information Display

  • Type
    Reflective memory LCD (normally black)
  • Size
    Approx. 1.89(H) x 1.04(V) in.
  • Display Format
    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
    Not Supported
  • PC Terminal
    Not Supported
  • Modeling Lamp Illumination Time
    Approx 4 hrs. 30 m0in. Continously
    • * WWith Ph P.Fn-07 set to [2], and using a fully charged Battery Pack LP-EL
  • Dust-and-Water Resistance
    • * Water-resistant performance to EEOS R5


  • Light Distribution
    • Standard: A light distribution setting that balances light distribution and the guide number.
    • Guide number priority: Prioritizes illumination at the center of the screen, the periphery may be dark.
    • Light distribution priority: Light distribution that reduces peripheral darkness.


  • * Please note that Speedlite EL-5 is sold in some markets without the LC-E6 battery charger included; it can be purchased as an accessory, at extra cost.
  • 1 Currently supported cameras include the EOS R3, R6 MKII, R7, and R10, and each will require a firmware update to be released in Spring of 2023.
  • 2 Based on Canon’s measurement standards, when using a new, fully charged LP-EL battery.
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