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

Elinchrom ELC 500 and ELC 125 monobloc studio lights
(Image credit: Elinchrom)

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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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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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.