Elinchrom Five review

The Elinchrom Five is a powerful, battery-powered monolight perfect for shooting on location or in the studio

Elinchrom Five
(Image: © Hannah Rooke/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There is no denying the Elinchrom Five is a bright, battery-powered light that provides more than enough flash power even when shooting against the midday sun. Whether shooting on location or in the studio, the Elinchrom Five delivers exactly what you want from a monolight – speed and consistency. The menu on the back of the light is easy to operate, it has some smart features that make working with multiple lights really easy and there are hundreds of Elinchrom light shaping choose to use with it from softboxes, to barn doors to umbrellas.


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    High powered

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    Easy to control

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    Consistent light


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    Off balance

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    Chunky design

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    Small umbrella hole

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If you're a fan of the Elinchrom One, you will love the Elinchrom Five. The battery-powered studio flash offers the same portability – albeit in a bigger, heavier model, which is to be expected from a much higher-powered flash. 

Elinchrom's highest-powered wireless flash is incredibly versatile thanks to a removable lithium battery that can also be charged whilst in use. Whether you shoot in a studio or on location, the Elinchrom Five monolight delivers consistent color temperature and a fast recycle time of 1.6s even when shooting on full power 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.