Canon has unveiled the new Canon L-5 Speedlight, priced at 60GN (guide number), with a built-in modeling light and rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack, a must-have for any event photographer.
The Canon EL-5 Speedlite was released at the same time as the Canon EOS R6 Mark II (Opens in a new tab) and the Canon RF 135mm f/1.8L IS USM (Opens in a new tab). Being announced at the same time as the EOS R6 Mark II is particularly significant, as the new speedlight is Canon’s first to feature compatibility with the camera’s multi-mount shoe, also featured on the Canon EOS R3. (Opens in a new tab)Canon EOS R7 (Opens in a new tab) and the Canon EOS R10 (Opens in a new tab).
The new shoe allows Canon accessories such as flash guns and microphones to be mounted without the need for a new generation of cables. In some cases, accessories can draw power from the attached camera battery rather than needing its own power source.
A flashgun can be too power-hungry to rely on the camera’s battery, so it’s no surprise that the L-5 comes with its own rechargeable Li-ion battery (LP-EL), which Canon says can continuously fire 85 flashes at full power, or 350 flashes on a single charge. It is said to have a fast recharge time of between 0.1 seconds and 1.2 seconds depending on the power setting. For more subtle lighting requirements, you can lower the power down to 1/1024.
Canon claims that the EL-5 Speedlite offers the same intuitive design as the Canon Speedlite EL-1. (Opens in a new tab)With the familiar joystick and button layout, it will be a great high-performance option for weddings and events and features weather sealing as well as “efficiency” passive cooling.
It has a guide number of 60, although there are many ways to measure guide numbers for various reasons, we’re eager to give it a test drive to see just how powerful it is. Its dual white LEDs can also be used as a modeling light, so you can see where your light is falling before you fire the flash. This is a feature usually reserved for larger studio flash heads, so it’s amazing to see modeling light compressed into a portable flash. It also doubles as an autofocus assist light to help you focus in dark scenes.
The L-5 features a wireless radio controller, which allows users to control up to 15 additional Speedlites, as well as a Camera Link function that allows photographers to trigger external cameras connected to the Speedlites.
Shipping will begin in February 2023, at a price TBC.
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