Elinchrom ELC TTL compact studio lights go large on performance & build quality

Elinchrom ELC 500 and ELC 125 monobloc studio lights
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Elinchrom currently tops our best studio lighting kits buyers' guide with its superb D-Lite RX 4/4 To Go kit. Combining quality and versatility at a fair price, it's a great choice if you're starting out in the world of portrait photography.

Now Elinchrom has revamped the top end of its studio flash line-up with the introduction of the brand new ELC range, set to replace the D-Lite RX2, BRX250 and BRX 500.

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Available in 125Ws and 500Ws power outputs, both heads can be powered down in 0.1-stop increments to 7 Ws if you only need to add a hint of light. Each also features TTL flash metering for ease of use, plus high speed sync for freezing motion, overpowering ambient light or darkening backgrounds. A smart active cooling system has been implemented to extend flash longevity, and you get direct compatibility with Elinchrom’s extensive range of light modifiers.

• Full Elinchrom ELC 125 & ELC 500 review

The ELC heads also have an Auto-On system that keeps each flash head in standby mode with your previously used flash settings stored. The Manual Lock feature enables a quick switch from TTL to Manual mode without losing exposure settings for quick adjustments or to explore creative effects.

When you're investing a serious sum in high-end studio lighting, it's good to know the flash kit you buy has been engineered to last. ELC flash heads pack Elinchrom's Smart Pro-Active cooling which learns your shooting style and adjusts the internal cooling fan accordingly. It all helps balance effective cooling with the lowest possible amount of fan noise.

Each flash head sports a Quick-Lock bayonet attachment system for fitting light modifiers, plus there's also a bright, daylight-balanced LED modeling lamp to help you sample the final light output as you position each flash head.

The ELC heads are wirelessly triggered by Elinchrom's Skyport radio frequency system which is compatible with 7 camera brands. You also get intuitive control of flash settings from your camera or computer. Even non-Elinchrom units and speedlights can be integrated into the wireless setup via the Elinchrom Skyport Receiver Plus.


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Header Cell - Column 0 ELC 125ELC 500
Energy131 Ws/J522 Ws/J
Power range7-131 Ws (5 F-stops)7-522 Ws (7 F-stops)
Color stability over power range+/- 150K+/- 200K
Recycling time 230V0.06 - 0.45 s0.06 - 1.1 s
Recycling time 120V0.1 - 0.8 s0.09 - 1.9 s
Dimensions23 x 16.7 x 26.3 cm28 x 16.7 x 26.3 cm
Weight2.0 kg / 4.4 lbs2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs
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Header Cell - Column 0 ELC 125 & ELC 500
Flash ModesAction on: Faster flash durations Action off: Optimized color temperature
LED Modelling lamp Daylight 20W 92 CRI LED / equivalent to 120W
Auto power dumping Adjusts power settings automatically in real time
Skyport (built-in)20 frequencies, 4 Groups, TTL and Manual
VoltageMultivoltage: AC 100-240V
Umbrella fittingCentred umbrella fitting 7 – 8 mm

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Elinchrom ELC 125 TTL and ELC 500 TTL heads will be available individually at £479 / $619.99 and £699 / $899.99 respectively. Several kits including the new monolights are also being introduced:

- ELC 125 / 125 TTL To Go Set: two ELC 125 heads, two 16cm reflectors and a storage bag – retailing for £959 / $1,239.99.

- ELC 125 / 500 TTL To Go Set: one ELC 125 head, one ELC 500 head, two 16cm reflectors and a storage bag – £1,179 / $1,499.99.

- ELC 500/500 To Go Set: two ELC 500 heads, two 16cm reflectors and a storage bag – £1,399 / $1,599.99.

Read more:

The best photography lighting kits in 2020: for studio, location and video

Elinchrom ELC 125 & ELC 500 review

The best camera for portraits

The best flashguns

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.