Canon SPEEDLITE EL-1 Advanced User's Manual

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CT2-D068-A
© CANON INC. 2020

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  • Page 1 Advanced User Guide CT2-D068-A © CANON INC. 2020...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction..........4 Instruction Manual.
  • Page 3 Flash Control from the Camera's Menu Screen......95 Radio Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting....102 Radio Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting.
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction Canon Speedlite EL-1 is an external flash for the EOS that is compatible with the E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash. The Speedlite can be used as an on-camera flash that attaches to the hot shoe of the camera (normal shooting), and as a sender / receiver unit during radio transmission / optical transmission wireless flash shooting.
  • Page 5: Instruction Manual

    The manual enclosed with the product is an "Instruction Manual" that summarizes the basic operations and functions of flash photography. Advanced User Guide All uses of the Speedlite are described in this "Advanced User Guide". Please check the latest detailed guide at the following site. https://cam.start.canon/A003/...
  • Page 6: About This Guide

    About This Guide Icons in this Manual Assumptions in Operating Instructions Icons in this Manual Indicates the select dial. < > Indicates that the respective function remains active for approx. 12 sec. or 16 sec. after you let go of the button. In addition, icons used on the flash, such as the buttons and displays on the monitor etc., are used to describe the operation buttons and setting positions in the manual.
  • Page 7 Assumptions in Operating Instructions The operation procedures assume that both the Speedlite and the camera's power switches are turned ON ( The icons used for buttons, dials, and symbols in the text match the icons found on the Speedlite and the camera. To set a function, press the joystick up / down / left / right or turn <...
  • Page 8: Safety Instructions

    Safety Instructions Be sure to read these instructions in order to operate the product safely. Follow these instructions to prevent injury or harm to the operator of the product or others. WARNING: Denotes the risk of serious injury or death. Keep batteries out of the reach of children.
  • Page 9 Observe the following instructions when using a battery charger. • Periodically remove any dust buildup from the power plug and power outlet using a dry cloth. • Do not plug in or unplug the product with wet hands. • Do not use the product if the power plug is not fully inserted into the power outlet. •...
  • Page 10: Nomenclature

    Nomenclature LCD Panel Battery Charger LC-E6 Battery Charger LC-E6E Accessories Provided (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (10)
  • Page 11 Catch light panel (stowed state) Wide panel (stowed state) Flash head (Light-emitting unit) Color filter detector External flash metering receiver Optical transmission wireless receiver AF-assist beam emitter Mounting foot Locking pin (10) Contacts (11) External power source socket (12) Bounce adapter detector (13) Terminal cover (14)
  • Page 12 (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15)
  • Page 13 Bounce adapter / color filter attachment part < > Radio transmission confirmation lamp LCD panel < > Sub menu button < > LAMP button < > Undo button Mounting foot lock lever Lock-release button Bounce angle index (10) Bounce lock-release button (11) Joystick <...
  • Page 14 LCD Panel E-TTL II / E-TTL Autoflash ( ), Continuous Shooting Priority Mode ( (10) (11) (12) (13) (14)
  • Page 15 < > Flash exposure compensation < > E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash < > Continuous shooting priority mode < > Standard < > Guide number priority < > Light distribution priority < > Top bounce < > Bottom bounce < >...
  • Page 16 Manual Flash ( < > Manual flash Manual flash output Manual flash level Note The displays shown are examples. Only the section corresponding to the settings will be displayed. When a button or dial is operated, the LCD panel is illuminated ( Stroboscopic Flash ( <...
  • Page 17 Auto / Manual External Flash Metering ( < > Auto external flash metering < > Manual external flash metering < > ISO display ISO speed...
  • Page 18 Radio Transmission Wireless Shooting / Optical Transmission Wireless Shooting ( Sender unit(s) (10) (11) < > Sender setting < > Sub sender setting* < > Radio transmission wireless < > Optical transmission wireless Flash mode < > E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash <...
  • Page 19 < > Receiver charging completed* Firing group control Sender / receiver charge indicator Group firing mode* * 1: < > Radio transmission wireless only * 2: < > Group firing only Note During radio transmission wireless shooting, when the sender and receiver are fully charged, <...
  • Page 20 Receiver unit < > Receiver < > Transmission channel < > Test flash* < > Remote release* < > Modeling flash* < > Receiver setting < > Individual receiver* * 1: < > Radio transmission wireless only * 2: < >...
  • Page 21 Radio Transmission: Linked Shooting ( < > Linked shooting < > Sender setting < > Receiver setting < > Release* * 1: < > Sender setting only...
  • Page 22 Battery Charger LC-E6 Charger for the Battery Pack LP-EL. Battery mounting part Charge lamp Power plug...
  • Page 23 Battery Charger LC-E6E Charger for the Battery Pack LP-EL. Charge lamp Battery pack slot Power cord Power cord socket...
  • Page 24 Accessories Provided Speedlite case (1) Mini stand storage section (2) Bounce adapter / color filter housing unit Mini stand (3) Mounting part Bounce adapter SBA-EL Color filter SCF-ELOR1 Color filter SCF-ELOR2...
  • Page 25 Battery Charger LC-E6/LC-E6E* Battery Pack LP-EL * Battery Charger LC-E6 or LC-E6E is provided (The LC-E6E comes with a power cord).
  • Page 26: Getting Started And Basic Operations

    Getting Started and Basic Operations This chapter describes the preparations before starting flash photography and the basic shooting operations. Caution Caution concerning continuous flashes To avoid degrading and damaging the flash head due to overheating, set the number of continuous full flashes to 55 or less. After firing continuously at full output for the above listed number of times, allow a rest time of at least 10 min.
  • Page 27: Charging The Battery

    Charging the Battery Remove the attached protective cover. Attach the battery securely to the charger.
  • Page 28 Recharge the battery. For LC-E6 As shown by the arrow, flip out the battery charger's prongs and insert the prongs into a power outlet. For LC-E6E Connect the power cord to the charger and insert the plug into a power outlet.
  • Page 29 For safety reasons, recharging in low temperatures (5-10°C / 41-50°F) will take longer (up to approx. 4 hr.). The battery is not charged at the time of purchase. Please charge it before use. Charging should be done on the day of use or a day earlier. Even when charged and stored, the capacity of the battery gradually decreases due to natural discharge.
  • Page 30 Caution When you disconnect the charger from the outlet, do not touch the charger plug for about 10 seconds. When the remaining battery level is 90% or more, charging will not be performed. Note Battery storage Store in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place. Even when the battery is removed from the Speedlite, a very small amount of current may flow inside the battery.
  • Page 31: Insert The Battery

    Insert the Battery Use the LP-EL battery pack for the power supply. Open the cover. While sliding the lock lever down, slide the lid to the right to open the battery compartment lid. Insert the Battery. Follow the indication and insert the battery from the side of the battery contact point.
  • Page 32 Firing interval and number of flashes EL-1 alone Firing interval Number of flash firings Quick flash Normal flash Approx. 0.1 to 0.8 sec. Approx. 0.1 to 0.9 sec. Approx. 335 to 2345 times * The Quick flash function enables flash photography before the flash is fully charged ( CAUTION When performing continuous flashes, do not touch the flash head, batteries, or the area near the battery compartment.
  • Page 33: Attaching And Detaching The Speedlite To And From The Camera

    Attaching and Detaching the Speedlite to and from the Camera Attach the Speedlite. Slip the Speedlite's mounting foot all the way into the camera's hot shoe. Secure the Speedlite. Slide the mounting foot lock lever to the right. When the lock lever clicks in place, it is locked. Detach the Speedlite.
  • Page 34 Caution Be sure to turn off the Speedlite before attaching or detaching it.
  • Page 35: Turning On The Power

    Turning on the Power About the Quick Flash Function About the Auto Power OFF Function About the Lock Function About the LCD Panel Illumination Turn the power switch to < >. Charging starts. When charging, < > is displayed on the LCD panel. When flash recharge is complete, this indicator disappears and a beep sound is heard.
  • Page 36 Caution You cannot use the test flash when operating the flash timer on the camera. Note The flash settings will remain in effect even after the power is turned off. You can set the beep not to sound when charging is completed (P.Fn-06). About the Quick Flash Function The Quick flash function enables flash photography when the flash-ready lamp is flashing in red (before the flash is fully charged).
  • Page 37 About the Auto Power OFF Function To save battery power, the power will turn off automatically after approx. 90 sec. of idle use. To turn on the Speedlite again, press the camera's shutter button halfway or press the test flash button (flash-ready lamp). When set as the sender unit for radio transmission wireless flash shooting ( ) or set for linked shooting (...
  • Page 38 About the Lock Function By setting the power switch to < >, you can disable the flash's button and dial operations. This is useful when you want to prevent the flash function settings from being accidentally changed after you set them. If you operate a button or dial, <...
  • Page 39 About the LCD Panel Illumination When a button or dial is operated, the LCD panel illuminates for approx. 12 sec ( For more details on the LCD panel illumination when setting the radio transmission wireless sender unit, see "About the LCD Panel Illumination".
  • Page 40: Fully Automatic Flash Photography

    Fully Automatic Flash Photography When you set the camera's shooting mode to < > (Program AE) or "Fully Automatic", you can shoot with E-TTL II / E-TTL fully automatic flash shooting. Select < > with the joystick. Select < >. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn <...
  • Page 41 Take the picture. * < > (Program AE) screen example. Check that the subject is in the effective flash range (1). When you press the shutter button completely, the flash will fire and the picture will be taken. Note If the subject is dark (underexposed) when you check the picture taken, get closer to the subject and shoot again.
  • Page 42: E-Ttl Ii / E-Ttl Autoflash By Shooting Mode

    E-TTL II / E-TTL Autoflash by Shooting Mode Auto Zoom Support for Image Senzor Size Color Temperature Information Transmission AF-Assist Beam Simply set the camera's shooting mode to < > (shutter-priority AE), < > (aperture- priority AE), < > (flexible AE) or < >...
  • Page 43 Flash Sync Speed and Aperture Value by Shooting Mode Shutter speed Aperture value Automatic setting (1/X sec. to 1/60 sec.)* Automatic setting Manually setting (1/X sec. to 30 sec.) Automatic setting Manual setting Automatic setting (1/X sec. to 1/60 sec.)* Manual setting / automatic setting (1/X sec.
  • Page 44 Auto Zoom Support for Image Senzor Size EOS DIGITAL cameras have three sizes of image sensors, and the effective shooting angle of view of the attached lens varies depending on the size of the image. The Speedlite automatically recognizes the image sensor size of the EOS DIGITAL camera and automatically sets the flash coverage that is ideal for the effective shooting angle of view of a lens for the focal length range of 24 - 200 mm.
  • Page 45 Color Temperature Information Transmission This function optimizes the white balance during flash photography by transmitting the color temperature information to the EOS DIGITAL camera when the flash fires. When you set the camera's white balance to < > < > < >, the function is enabled automatically.
  • Page 46 AF-Assist Beam When it is difficult to autofocus on the subject in low-light or when contrast is low during viewfinder shooting, the infrared AF-assist beam built into the flash automatically flashes to help autofocus. The AF-assist beam supports 28 mm and longer focal lengths of the lens and its effective range (at 28 mm focal length) is approx.
  • Page 47: Checking The Battery Information

    Checking the Battery Information You can check the status of the battery in use. Press the < > button. Display the information screen. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically.
  • Page 48 : Battery replacement is recommended Caution We recommend that you use the genuine Canon LP-EL battery pack. Using a non- genuine battery may result in a malfunction or a risk of not being able to exploit the original performance of the flash.
  • Page 49: Advanced Flash Photography

    Advanced Flash Photography This chapter describes advanced shooting operations utilizing the flash functions. Caution When the camera's shooting mode is set to a fully automatic mode or a Basic Zone mode, the functions with added to the right side of the page title cannot be set. If you set the camera's shooting mode to <...
  • Page 50: Flash Exposure Compensation

    Flash Exposure Compensation With a similar procedure as exposure compensation, you can adjust the flash output. The flash exposure compensation amount can be set up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. Select < > with the joystick.
  • Page 51 Set the flash exposure compensation amount. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to set the amount of compensation, and push the joystick vertically. "0.3" indicates 1/3 stop and "0.7" indicates 2/3 stops. To cancel flash exposure compensation, return the compensation amount to "±0".
  • Page 52: Feb

    You can take three shots while automatically changing the flash output. This is called FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing). The settable range is up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. Select < > with the joystick. Push the joystick downward to select FEB.
  • Page 53 Set the FEB level. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to set the FEB level, then push the joystick vertically. "0.3" indicates 1/3 stop and "0.7" indicates 2/3 stops. When used together with flash exposure compensation, FEB shooting is performed based on the set flash exposure compensation amount.
  • Page 54: Fe Lock

    FE Lock The FE (Flash Exposure) lock locks the correct flash exposure setting for any part of the subject. With < > or < > is displayed in the panel, push the < > or < > (AE lock) and < >...
  • Page 55 Note If a correct exposure cannot be obtained when FE lock is performed, < > blinks in the viewfinder. Move closer to the subject or open the aperture, and perform FE lock again. You can also set a higher ISO speed and perform FE lock again when using a digital camera.
  • Page 56: High-Speed Sync

    High-Speed Sync With high-speed sync, you can shoot with a flash even at shutter speeds that exceed the maximum flash sync shutter speed. This is effective when you want to shoot in the aperture- priority AE < > mode (open aperture) with background blur in locations such as outdoors in daylight.
  • Page 57 Select < >. Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < > to select < > to select, then push the joystick vertically. Check that < > is lit in the viewfinder, then shoot. Caution With high-speed sync, the faster the shutter speed, the lower the guide number becomes.
  • Page 58: Second-Curtain Sync

    Second-Curtain Sync Shooting with a slow shutter speed and second-curtain sync captures the trail of the light sources of a moving subject, such as car lights, in a natural way. The flash fires right before the exposure finishes (shutter closes). Push the joystick vertically.
  • Page 59 Note The second-curtain sync works well when the camera's shooting mode is set to < > (bulb shooting). When the flash mode is set to < >, the flash fires twice. The first flash is a preflash to determine the flash output. It is not a malfunction. To return to normal flash, select <...
  • Page 60: Bounce

    Bounce < > Short Distance Flash Shooting Catchlight Shooting < > Bounce Photography with the Bounce Adapter By pointing the flash head toward a ceiling or wall, the flash light will bounce off the surface before illuminating the subject, making it possible to soften the shadows of the subject for a more natural-looking shot.
  • Page 61 Note If the ceiling or wall to bounce the flash light on is too far away, shooting with the appropriate exposure may not be possible since the bounced flash may be too weak. If the picture appears dark, use a larger aperture opening (smaller f/number) and try again.
  • Page 62 < > Short Distance Flash Shooting When you position the flash head down by 7° while pressing the bounce lock-release button, you can shoot subjects at a short distance in a range of approx. 0.5 to 2 m / 1.6 to 6.6 ft. When the flash head is positioned down by 7°, the display changes to <...
  • Page 63 Catchlight Shooting Using the catchlight panel when shooting a portrait enables you to capture reflected light in a person's eyes and create a more vivid expression. Turn the flash head up 90°. Pull up the wide panel. Pull up the protruding area located in the center of the wide panel. The white catchlight panel is pulled out at the same time.
  • Page 64 Caution Position the flash head toward the front and 90° up. When the flash head is rotated to the left or right, the catchlight is not very effective. To effectively obtain the catchlight in a person's eyes, shoot within approx. 1.5 m / 4.9 ft.
  • Page 65 When shooting portraits, the catchlight effect can also be obtained. Attach the bounce adapter. (1) "Canon" logo Attach the adapter securely to the flash head until it clicks in place, as shown. Check that the display changes to <...
  • Page 66 Take the picture. Take the picture with the flash light bouncing off the ceiling, walls, or the like. Caution When the bounce adapter is attached, or when the bounce adapter and the wide panel are used together, underexposure may result since the guide no. decreases. Take necessary countermeasures such as increasing the ISO speed on the camera or applying flash exposure compensation ( When Quick flash (...
  • Page 67: Set The Flash Coverage

    Set the Flash Coverage Wide Panel Flash coverage (the range covered by the flash light) can be set automatically or manually. When set to < > (automatic setting), the flash coverage is adjusted automatically according to the focal length (shooting angle of view) of the lens in use and the image sensor size ( ).
  • Page 68 Set the flash coverage. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select the flash coverage, then push the joystick vertically. Select < > for automatic setting, or select a value (indicating the focal length mm) for manual setting.
  • Page 69 Wide Panel When you use the flash's built-in wide panel, you can perform flash photography covering the angle of view of an ultra-wide angle lens with focal length as wide as 14 mm. Pull out the wide panel. Pull out the protruding area located in the center of the wide panel. The white catchlight panel is pulled out at the same time.
  • Page 70 Note The flash coverage is set automatically when using the wide panel. It cannot be changed arbitrarily.
  • Page 71: Manual Flash

    Manual Flash How to Set the Firing Output of the Manual Flash with the FE Memory Function Metered Manual Flash Exposure The flash output can be set in 1/3-stop increments from full flash (1/1) to 1/8192 flash. Use a flash meter (commercially-available) to determine the required flash output to obtain a correct flash exposure.
  • Page 72 Select < > with the joystick. Set the flash output. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to set the flash output, then push the joystick vertically. When you press the camera's shutter button halfway, an indication of the shooting distance (1) and the aperture value (2) are displayed.
  • Page 73 How to Set the Firing Output of the Manual Flash with the FE Memory Function You can set the firing output adjusted in firing mode < > as the firing output of the firing mode < >. Set the FE memory function. Set the P.Fn-05 <...
  • Page 74 Set the flash mode to < >. Select < > with the joystick. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. Check the flash output.
  • Page 75 Caution To fire the flash with the < > setting, do so when the charging lamp is lit in red (fully charged). After shooting with the < > setting, if you make a change in the ISO sensitivity, aperture value or settings related to the firing output such as the light intensity, zoom, etc., we recommend that you shoot with the <...
  • Page 76 Metered Manual Flash Exposure When using an EOS-1D series camera, the flash exposure level can be manually set before shooting. This is effective when you are close to the subject. Use a 18% gray reflector (commercially available) and shoot as follows. Configure the camera and Speedlite settings.
  • Page 77 Set the flash exposure level. Adjust the Speedlite's manual flash output and the aperture so that the flash exposure level aligns with the standard exposure index. Take the picture. Remove the gray reflector and take the picture. Note Metered manual flash exposure is available only with EOS-1D series cameras.
  • Page 78: Stroboscopic Flash

    Stroboscopic Flash How to Determine the Shutter Speed When using stroboscopic flash with a slow shutter speed, you can shoot multiple successive movements within a single picture, similar to stop-motion pictures. With stroboscopic flash, set the flash output, number of flashes, and flash frequency (number of flashes per second = Hz).
  • Page 79 Push the joystick vertically to select an item. Push the joystick up / down / left / right, or turn the < > to choose either the firing frequency (1), firing count (2), or firing output (3), then push the joystick vertically. Set the value.
  • Page 80 How to Determine the Shutter Speed To ensure that the shutter stays open until the end of the continuous flashes for stroboscopic flash, set the camera with a shutter speed calculated with the following equation. Number of flashes ÷ flash frequency = Shutter speed For example, if the number of flashes is set to 10 (times) and flash frequency to 5 (Hz), set the shutter speed to 2 sec.
  • Page 81 Maximum Number of Continuous Flashes When the number of flashes is displayed as "----" (bar display), the maximum number of flashes is as shown in the table below. Flash output / 1/16 1/32 1/64 1/128 1/256 1/512 1/1024 1/2048 1/4096 1/8192 Flash output /...
  • Page 82: Flash External Metering

    Flash External Metering < >: Auto External Flash Metering < >: Manual External Flash Metering The Speedlite's built-in external metering sensor measures the flash light reflected from the subject in real time and automatically stops the flash firing when the standard exposure is reached.
  • Page 83 Set the flash mode to < >. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. When you press the camera's shutter button halfway, the effective flash range (1) is displayed. Note When <...
  • Page 84 < >: Manual External Flash Metering You can manually set the Speedlite with the ISO speed and aperture set on the camera. The flash output is automatically adjusted according to the ISO speed and aperture that you set. Select < >...
  • Page 85 Set the same ISO speed as on the camera. Push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select item (1), then push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < >...
  • Page 86 Set the same aperture as on the camera. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select item (2), then push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < >...
  • Page 87: Continuous Shooting Priority Mode

    Continuous Shooting Priority Mode Depending on the camera, flash shooting may be carried out with the [CSP] (continuous shooting priority mode). In the continuous shooting priority mode, the flash output is automatically lowered by one stop compared to normal flash shooting, and the ISO speed is automatically raised by one stop instead.
  • Page 88: About The Modeling Lamp

    About the Modeling Lamp Press the < > button and the modeling lamp will light up for 5 minutes. Press again to turn off the light. This is useful when you want to check how the subject will cast shadows due to the flash light.
  • Page 89: Modeling Flash

    Modeling Flash When you press the aperture button on the camera, the flash fires continuously for about 1 second. This function is called "modeling flash". This is useful for checking shadows cast on the subject by the flash light and the lighting balance during wireless flash shooting ( Press the depth-of-field preview button on the camera.
  • Page 90: Color Filter

    (orange) incandescent light bulb Dense Strong Attach the color filter. (1) "Canon" logo Attach the filter securely to the flash head until it clicks in place as shown in the figure. Check that the display changes to < >. To remove the filter, follow the procedure in reverse order. Raise the attachment tab on the lower side of the filter and remove the filter from the flash head.
  • Page 91 Take the picture. Set the camera's white balance to < >, then take the picture. With EOS DIGITAL cameras released in and after 2012, you can also set the white balance to < > for shooting (except with EOS REBEL T5/1200D). Check the resulting image and perform white balance correction on the camera as required.
  • Page 92: Clearing Speedlite Settings

    Clearing Speedlite Settings You can revert the settings of the Speedlite shooting functions and wireless shooting settings to their defaults. Press the < > button. Select < >. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select <...
  • Page 93 Clear the settings. Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < > to select < > to select, then push the joystick vertically. The Speedlite settings are cleared, and normal shooting and < > flash mode will be set. Note Even when the settings have been cleared, the transmission channel and wireless radio ID for wireless shooting as well as the settings of the Custom Functions...
  • Page 94: Flash Function Settings With Camera Controls

    Flash Function Settings with Camera Controls This chapter describes how to set the flash functions from the camera's menu screen. Caution When the camera's shooting mode is set to a fully automatic mode or a Basic Zone mode, the operations in this chapter are not available. Set the camera's shooting mode to <...
  • Page 95: Flash Control From The Camera's Menu Screen

    Flash Control from the Camera's Menu Screen Flash Function Settings Settings Available on the Flash Function Settings Screen Flash C.Fn Settings When using EOS DIGITAL cameras released in and after 2007, you can set flash functions or Custom Functions from the camera's menu screen. For camera operations, refer to the camera's Instruction Manual.
  • Page 96 Set the function. The setting screen and items displayed vary depending on the camera. Select an item and set the function. Example 1 Example 2...
  • Page 97 Settings Available on the Flash Function Settings Screen EOS DIGITAL cameras released in and after 2012 On the camera's [Flash function settings] or [External flash func. setting] screen, you can configure normal shooting, radio transmission wireless shooting, or optical transmission wireless shooting settings. * Although the EOS REBEL T100/4000D/3000D, EOS REBEL T7/1500D/2000D, EOS REBEL T6/1300D and EOS REBEL T5/1200D was released from 2012 onwards, the settable functions are the same as with the EOS DIGITAL cameras released from 2007 to 2011.
  • Page 98 E-TTL balance You can set the finish (taste) of the flash photo according to your preference. Depending on the settings, you can change the flash ratio between the ambient light and flash light. E-TTL II meter. When this is set to [Eval (FacePrty)], the flash is adjusted to suit the subject. The continuous shooting speed during high-speed continuous shooting is lower than [Evaluative] or [Average].
  • Page 99 Shutter synchronization You can select the flash firing timing / method from [First-curtain synchronization], [Second-curtain synchronization], or [High-speed synchronization]. To perform normal flash shooting, set [First-curtain synchronization]. Flash exposure compensation With a similar procedure as exposure compensation, you can adjust the flash output. The flash exposure compensation amount can be set up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
  • Page 100 Flash C.Fn Settings You can set Custom Functions for the flash from the camera's menu screen. The details displayed vary by the camera used. If C.Fn-21 to 23 are not displayed, set them by operating the Speedlite. For custom functions, refer to "Settings that can be changed with Custom Functions".
  • Page 101 Set the Custom Function. Select the Custom Function number (1), then set the function. To clear all the Custom Function settings, select [Clear settings] in step 1, and select [Clear all Speedlite C.Fn's] or [Clear ext. flash C.Fn set.]. Caution When using a camera released in 2011 or earlier, or with EOS REBEL T100/4000D/3000D, EOS REBEL T7/1500D/2000D, EOS REBEL T6/1300D or EOS REBEL T5/1200D, the C.Fn-21 to 23 settings are...
  • Page 102: Radio Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting

    Radio Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting This chapter describes how to use strobe shooting using the radio transmission wireless sender / receiver function. See the system map ( ) for the accessories required for radio transmission wireless flash shooting. Caution When the camera's shooting mode is set to a fully automatic mode or a Basic Zone mode, the operations in this chapter are not available.
  • Page 103: Radio Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting

    Group Control Restrictions on Functions Depending on the Camera Used Using a Canon Speedlite with a radio transmission wireless shooting function, you can easily perform wireless multiple flash shooting in the same way as normal E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash strobe photography.
  • Page 104 Positioning and Operation Range Automatic Flash Photography with 1 Flash Receiver ( EL-1 EL-1 (3) Transmission distance: Approx. 30 m / 98.4 ft.
  • Page 105 Automatic Flash Photography with Receivers divided into Groups You can divide the receiver units into two or three groups and perform E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash shooting while changing the flash ratio (flash output rate). (1) 2 (A, B) groups (2) 3 (A, B, C) groups Caution Before shooting, perform a test flash (...
  • Page 106 Shooting in a Different Flash Mode for Each Group ( * The flash mode settings are indicated only as an example. (1) E-TTL II (2) E-TTL II (3) Manual flash (4) Ceiling (5) Manual flash (6) Manual flash...
  • Page 107 Difference between Radio Transmission and Optical Transmission Wireless shooting using radio transmission provides some advantages over wireless shooting using optical transmission, such as less interference from obstacles and not having to point the receiver's wireless sensor toward the sender unit. The main functional differences are as follows.
  • Page 108 Group Control Firing group A If you need more flash output or wish to perform more sophisticated lighting, you can increase the number of receiver units. Simply set an additional receiver unit to the firing group (A, B, or C) whose flash output you want to increase. For example, if you set a firing group with three receiver units to <...
  • Page 109 Restrictions on Functions Depending on the Camera Used Depending on the camera, functions in radio transmission wireless strobe photography may be limited. EOS DIGITAL cameras released in and after 2012 When using the flash with EOS DIGITAL cameras released in and after 2012, you can shoot without any restrictions on the flash mode and flash synchronization speed, etc.
  • Page 110: Radio Transmission Wireless Settings

    Radio Transmission Wireless Settings Sender Settings Receiver Settings Setting the Transmission Channel / Wireless Radio ID < > Lamp and Connection Indication Sender Unit(s) Flash Firing ON / OFF Memory Function E-TTL II / E-TTL During radio transmission wireless shooting with autoflash photography, use the following steps to set the sender and receiver.
  • Page 111 Set to < >. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. Select the firing method. Push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < >...
  • Page 112 Receiver Settings Set to < >. Operate and set the flash you want to set as the receiver unit. Select < > in the same way as for the sender unit setting. Caution To perform normal flash shooting, select < >...
  • Page 113 Setting the Transmission Channel / Wireless Radio ID Use the following procedure to set the transmission channel and wireless radio ID of the sender unit. Set the same channel and ID for both the sender unit and receiver unit. For details on the receiver operation procedure, refer to the Instruction Manual of the Speedlite equipped with the radio transmission wireless receiver function.
  • Page 114 Set a transmission channel. Press the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select from < > or Ch.1 to 15, then push the joystick vertically. Select Item (2). Select the ID item using the same operation as the transmission channel setting, then push the joystick vertically.
  • Page 115 Set the wireless radio ID. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to select the position (digit) to set, then push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick up or down or turn < > to select a number from 0 to 9, then push the joystick vertically.
  • Page 116 Scanning and Setting the Sender Unit Transmission Channels You can scan the radio reception status and set the sender unit's transmission channel automatically or manually. When the channel is set to "AUTO", the channel with the best reception signal is reset automatically. When setting the channel manually, you can reset the transmission channel while referring to the scan results.
  • Page 117 Scanning when a channel between Ch. 1 and 15 is set Press the < > button. Run the scan. • Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. •...
  • Page 118 Set the channel. • Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select from Ch.1 to 15. • Push the joystick vertically to set the channel.
  • Page 119 < > Lamp and Connection Indication You can check the transmission status by the lighting status of the < > lamp or the icon on the LCD panel. Status Description Action Transmission OK – Not connected Checking the channel and ID Too many units Set the total number of sender and receiver units to 16 or less.
  • Page 120 Sender Unit(s) Flash Firing ON / OFF You can set whether or not to fire the sender unit as a wireless flash that controls the receiver unit. When sender flash firing is turned ON, the flash fires as firing group A. Push the joystick vertically.
  • Page 121 Set sender flash firing. Turn < > to select sender flash firing ON / OFF, then push the joystick vertically. • < >: Sender flash firing ON • < >: Sender flash firing OFF...
  • Page 122 Memory Function You can save the wireless settings to the sender unit and receiver unit and recall the settings later. Operate each sender or receiver unit individually to save or recall its settings. Press the < > button. Select < >.
  • Page 123 Save or load the settings. Save Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < > to select < > to select, then push the joystick vertically. Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < > to select < >...
  • Page 124: Automatic Flash Photography With 1 Flash Receiver

    Automatic Flash Photography with 1 Flash Receiver About the LCD Panel Illumination Multiple Flash Photography with Wireless Functions About Sender Unit(s) This section describes basic fully automatic wireless shooting when using a EL-1 attached to the camera (sender) and a EL-1 set as a receiver unit. Set the sender unit.
  • Page 125 Set the receiver unit. Set the EL-1 to be controlled wirelessly from the sender as the receiver unit ( You can also use other EX-series Speedlites that are equipped with a radio transmission wireless receiver function. Check the channel and ID. If the transmission channels and wireless radio IDs of the sender unit and receiver unit are different, set them to the same settings ( Position the camera and flash.
  • Page 126 Set the flash mode to < >. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. The receiver unit is set automatically to < > during shooting, controlled by the sender unit. Check that the firing group control is set to <...
  • Page 127 Check transmission status and charging. Check that the < > lamp is lit in green. When the receiver flash is ready, the AF-assist beam emitter blinks at approx. 1-second intervals. When the sender unit is set to P.Fn-06-0 ( ), the sender unit's beep will sound when recharging of all flash units is completed.
  • Page 128 Check the operation. Press the sender unit's test flash button. The Speedlite will fire. If it does not fire, check that it is placed within the transmission range ( Take the picture. Set the camera and take the picture in the same way as with normal flash shooting.
  • Page 129 Note The flash coverage of the sender unit and receiver unit is set to 24 mm. You can also set the flash coverage manually. It can also fire a flash on the sender ( You can press the depth-of-field preview button on the camera to fire the modeling flash ( When set as the sender unit, the time until auto power off takes effect is approx.
  • Page 130 About the LCD Panel Illumination During radio transmission wireless shooting, the light on the sender's display panel will either be on or off according to the charge status of the sender and receiver (flash group). The sender unit's LCD panel illumination is lit when the sender unit and receiver units are not fully charged.
  • Page 131 Multiple Flash Photography with Wireless Functions Since the following functions set on the sender unit will be set automatically to the receiver units on this wireless system, you do not need to operate the receiver unit(s). For this reason, you can perform wireless flash photography in the same way as normal flash photography.
  • Page 132 About Sender Unit(s) You can designate two or more sender units. When using multiple cameras with senders attached, you can switch cameras in wireless strobe shooting using the same lighting (receivers). When two or more sender units are used, < >...
  • Page 133: Automatic Flash Photography With Receivers Divided Into 2 Groups

    Automatic Flash Photography with Receivers divided into 2 Groups You can adjust the lighting balance (flash ratio) with receivers separated into 2 groups, A and B. The total (sum) of light from firing groups A and B is automatically controlled to a achieve standard exposure.
  • Page 134 Set the receiver firing group to (1). Select either < > or < > for the firing group. Set 1 receiver to < > and the other to < >. Set the sender firing group (2). Operate the sender to set steps 3-5. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn <...
  • Page 135 Set the A:B flash ratio. Push the joystick vertically to select an item in the figure. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to set the amount of compensation, and push the joystick vertically. Take the picture. The receiver will fire at the set flash ratio.
  • Page 136: Automatic Flash Photography With Receivers Divided Into 3 Groups

    Automatic Flash Photography with Receivers divided into 3 Groups You can perform multiple flash shooting by adding firing group C to firing groups A and B. For an overview of flash control, see "Group Control". C is useful when you want lighting that eliminates the subject's background shadow. Push the joystick vertically.
  • Page 137 Select an item in (1). Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select an item, and push the joystick vertically. Set to < >. Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < >...
  • Page 138 Set the A:B flash ratio. Push the joystick vertically to select an item in the figure. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to set the amount of compensation, and push the joystick vertically. Setting the exposure compensation amount for firing group C. Push the joystick vertically to select an item in the figure.
  • Page 139 Check transmission status and charging. Check that < > is not displayed on the sender unit's LCD panel. Check that the < > icon indicating that receiver charging is completed is lit on the sender unit's LCD panel (< > is not displayed). For details of the LCD panel illumination of the sender unit, see "About the LCD Panel...
  • Page 140 Take the picture. Set the camera and take the picture in the same way as with normal flash shooting. Caution When < > is displayed on the LCD panel, radio transmission cannot be performed. Check the transmission channels and wireless radio IDs of the sender unit and receiver unit again.
  • Page 141: Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting With A Set Flash Ratio

    Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting with a set Flash Ratio This section describes wireless multiple flash shooting using manual flash. You can set the flash output in 1/3-stop increments for shooting in the range from full flash (1/1) to 1/8192 flash for each firing group. Set all the parameters on the sender unit. Select <...
  • Page 142 Select an item in (1). Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select an item, and push the joystick vertically. Set the firing group. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < >...
  • Page 143 Select a firing group. If you selected < > or < > in Step 2, push the joystick vertically and then push the joystick up and down, or turn < > to select the group to set the flash output. Set the flash output.
  • Page 144 Note When < > is set, set A, B, or C as the firing group for the receiver units. The flash will not fire if it is set to D or E. To fire multiple receiver units with the same flash output, select < >...
  • Page 145: Shooting In A Different Flash Mode For Each Group

    Shooting in a Different Flash Mode for Each Group (1) Ceiling When using an EOS DIGITAL camera released in and after 2012, you can shoot in a different flash mode set for each firing group with up to 5 groups (A, B, C, D, and E). The flash modes that can be set are (1) E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash, (2) manual flash, and (3) auto external flash metering.
  • Page 146 Set the flash mode to < >. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. The receiver unit's flash mode is set automatically during shooting, controlled by the sender unit. Set the firing group of the receiver unit.
  • Page 147 Set each firing group. Set the flash mode of each firing group by operating the sender unit. Push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select a firing group, then push the joystick vertically. Setting the flash mode Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn <...
  • Page 148 Setting the flash output and flash exposure compensation amount Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select an item, and push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < >...
  • Page 149 Caution When setting the flash mode to < >, make sure the receiver units are Speedlites supporting auto external flash metering. Firing in this flash mode is not possible if auto external flash metering is not supported. When the flash mode is set to < >...
  • Page 150: Test Flash / Modeling Flash From A Receiver Unit

    Test Flash / Modeling Flash from a Receiver Unit During radio transmission wireless shooting, test flash and modeling flash ( ) can be performed from the EL-1 set as the receiver unit. Push the joystick vertically. Fire the flash. [Test flash firing] Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn <...
  • Page 151 Caution Modeling flash is not possible from a receiver unit with cameras released up to 2011 or with EOS REBEL T100/4000D/3000D, EOS REBEL T7/1500D/2000D, EOS REBEL T6/1300D or EOS REBEL T5/1200D. For the precautions related to modeling flash, see "Modeling Flash".
  • Page 152: Remote Release From A Receiver Unit

    Remote Release from a Receiver Unit When using an EOS DIGITAL camera released in or after 2012, you can perform remote release (remote control shooting) from an EL-1 set as a receiver unit during radio transmission wireless shooting. Push the joystick vertically. Take the picture.
  • Page 153 Note Remote release is performed with "Single shooting" regardless of the camera's drive mode setting. If there are two or more sender units ( ), the flash signal is sent to the main sender. During remote release from the receiver, < >...
  • Page 154: Linked Shooting With Radio Transmission

    Linked Shooting with Radio Transmission When using an EOS DIGITAL camera released in or after 2012 (except EOS REBEL T100/4000D/3000D, EOS REBEL T7/1500D/2000D, EOS REBEL T6/1300D and EOS REBEL T5/1200D), you can perform linked shooting, which automatically releases the shutter of a receiver camera unit by linking it to the sender camera unit. You can perform linked shooting with up to 16 units, including both sender units and receiver units.
  • Page 155 Before performing the operations below, attach a Speedlite or transmitter to all the cameras to be used for linked shooting. For details on setting other devices, refer to the Instruction Manual of the devices. Select < > with the joystick. Set to normal shooting mode.
  • Page 156 Set as sender unit / receiver unit. Press the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select < > or < >, then push the joystick vertically. Set the transmission channel and wireless radio ID. Refer to "Setting the Transmission Channel / Wireless Radio ID"...
  • Page 157 Take the picture. Check that the < > lamp of the sender unit is lit in green and take the picture. The receiver camera units are released with the release of the sender camera unit. Receiver units for which linked shooting has been performed are indicated by a <...
  • Page 158 Caution Setting the focus mode switches of the lenses attached to the receiver camera unit to < > and taking the picture with manual focusing is recommended. If focus cannot be achieved with autofocus, linked shooting is not possible with the corresponding receiver camera unit.
  • Page 159: Optical Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting

    Optical Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting This chapter describes how to use strobe shooting using the optical transmission wireless sender / receiver function. See the system map ( ) for the accessories required for optical transmission wireless flash shooting. Caution When the camera's shooting mode is set to a fully automatic mode or a Basic Zone mode, the operations in this chapter are not available.
  • Page 160: Optical Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting

    Optical Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting Positioning and Operation Range Group Control Using a Canon Speedlite (receiver) with an optical transmission wireless shooting function, you can easily perform wireless multiple flash shooting in the same way as normal E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash strobe photography.
  • Page 161 Positioning and Operation Range Automatic Flash Photography with 1 Flash Receiver ( (1) Indoors (2) Outdoors (4) About 80° (5) Transmission range (6) About 8 m / 26.2 ft. (7) About 12 m / 39.4 ft. (8) About 10 m / 32.8 ft. (9) About 15 m / 49.2 ft.
  • Page 162 Automatic Flash Photography with Receivers divided into Groups You can divide the receiver units into two or three groups and perform E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash shooting while changing the flash ratio (flash output rate). (1) 2 (A, B) groups (2) 3 (A, B, C) groups Caution If you shoot with firing group C pointing directly toward the main subject,...
  • Page 163 Group Control Firing group A If you need more flash output or wish to perform more sophisticated lighting, you can increase the number of receiver units. Simply set an additional receiver unit to the firing group (A, B, or C) whose flash output you want to increase. There is no restriction on the number of units.
  • Page 164: Optical Transmission Wireless Settings

    Optical Transmission Wireless Settings Sender Settings Receiver Settings Setting the Transmission Channel Sender Unit(s) Flash Firing ON / OFF Memory Function E-TTL II / E-TTL During optical transmission wireless flash shooting with autoflash photography, use the following steps to set the sender and receiver. Sender Settings Select <...
  • Page 165 Select the firing method. Push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select item (1), then push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick to the left or right, turn < >...
  • Page 166 Receiver Settings Set to < >. Operate and set the flash you want to set as the receiver unit. Select < > in the same way as for the sender unit setting. Caution To perform normal flash photography, select < >...
  • Page 167 Setting the Transmission Channel Follow the procedure below to set the communication channel of the sender unit. The channel set should be the same for the sender unit and receiver unit. For details on the receiver operation procedure, refer to the Instruction Manual of the Speedlite equipped with the optical transmission wireless receiver function.
  • Page 168 Caution If the transmission channels of the sender unit and receiver unit are different, the receiver unit will not fire. Set both to the same number.
  • Page 169 Sender Unit(s) Flash Firing ON / OFF You can set whether or not to fire the sender unit as a wireless flash that controls the receiver unit. When sender flash firing is turned ON, the flash fires as firing group A. Push the joystick vertically.
  • Page 170 Set sender flash firing. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to select sender flash firing ON / OFF, then push the joystick vertically. • < >: Sender flash firing ON • < >: Sender flash firing OFF Caution Even when sender flash firing is set to OFF, the flash firing for controlling the receiver unit (optical transmission) is performed.
  • Page 171 Memory Function You can save the wireless settings to the sender unit and receiver unit and recall the settings later. Operate each sender or receiver unit individually to save or recall its settings. Press the < > button. Select < >.
  • Page 172 Save or load the settings. Save Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < > to select < > to select, then push the joystick vertically. Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < > to select < >...
  • Page 173: Automatic Flash Photography With 1 Flash Receiver

    Automatic Flash Photography with 1 Flash Receiver Autoflash Photography Using Multiple Receiver Units Multiple Flash Photography with Wireless Functions About Sender Unit(s) This section describes basic fully automatic wireless shooting when using a EL-1 attached to the camera (sender) and a EL-1 set as a receiver unit. Set the sender unit.
  • Page 174 Set the receiver unit. Set the EL-1 to be controlled wirelessly from the sender as the receiver unit ( You can also use other EX-series Speedlites that are equipped with an optical transmission wireless receiver function. You can use any of A, B, or C as the firing group (1). Check the channel.
  • Page 175 Set the flash mode to < >. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. The receiver unit is set automatically to < > during shooting, controlled by the sender unit. Check that the firing group control is set to <...
  • Page 176 Check the operation. Press the sender unit's test flash button. The Speedlite will fire. If it does not fire, check that it is placed within the transmission range ( Take the picture. Set the camera and take the picture in the same way as with normal flash shooting.
  • Page 177 Note The flash coverage of the sender unit and receiver unit is set to 24 mm. You can also set the flash coverage manually. It can also fire a flash on the sender ( You can press the depth-of-field preview button on the camera to fire the modeling flash ( If the receiver unit's auto power off takes effect, press the sender unit's test flash button to turn on the receiver unit.
  • Page 178 Autoflash Photography Using Multiple Receiver Units When you need more flash output or you want to perform lighting more easily, you can increase the number of receiver units and fire them as a single flash. Add a receiver, and follow the same procedure listed in "Automatic flash photography with 1 flash receiver"...
  • Page 179 Multiple Flash Photography with Wireless Functions Since the following functions set on the sender unit will be set automatically to the receiver units on this wireless system, you do not need to operate the receiver unit(s). For this reason, you can perform wireless flash photography in the same way as normal flash photography.
  • Page 180 About Sender Unit(s) You can designate two or more sender units. When using multiple cameras with senders attached, you can switch cameras in wireless strobe shooting using the same lighting (receivers).
  • Page 181: Automatic Flash Photography With Receivers Divided Into 2 Groups

    Automatic Flash Photography with Receivers divided into 2 Groups You can adjust the lighting balance (flash ratio) with receivers separated into 2 groups, A and B. The total (sum) of light from firing groups A and B is automatically controlled to a achieve standard exposure.
  • Page 182 Set the receiver firing group to (1). Select either < > or < > for the firing group. Set 1 receiver to < > and the other to < >. Set the sender firing group (2). Operate the sender to set steps 3-5. Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn <...
  • Page 183 Set the A:B flash ratio. Push the joystick vertically to select an item in the figure. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to set the amount of compensation, and push the joystick vertically. Take the picture. The receiver will fire at the set flash ratio.
  • Page 184: Automatic Flash Photography With Receivers Divided Into 3 Groups

    Automatic Flash Photography with Receivers divided into 3 Groups You can perform multiple flash shooting by adding firing group C to firing groups A and B. For an overview of flash control, see "Group Control". C is useful when you want lighting that eliminates the subject's background shadow. Push the joystick vertically.
  • Page 185 Select an item in (1). Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select an item, and push the joystick vertically. Set to < >. Press the joystick to the left or right, turn < >...
  • Page 186 Set the A:B flash ratio. Push the joystick vertically to select an item in the figure. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to set the amount of compensation, and push the joystick vertically. Setting the exposure compensation amount for firing group C. Push the joystick vertically to select an item in the figure.
  • Page 187 Check the operation. Press the sender unit's test flash button. Firing groups A, B, and C will fire. If it does not fire, check that it is placed within the operation range. Take the picture. Set the camera and take the picture in the same way as with normal flash shooting.
  • Page 188: Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting With A Set Flash Ratio

    Wireless Multiple Flash Shooting with a set Flash Ratio This section describes wireless multiple flash shooting using manual flash. You can set the flash output in 1/3-stop increments for shooting in the range from full flash (1/1) to 1/128 flash for each firing group. Set all the parameters on the sender unit. Select <...
  • Page 189 Select an item in (1). Push the joystick up / down / left / right or turn < > to select an item, and push the joystick vertically. Set the firing group. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < >...
  • Page 190 Select a firing group. If you selected < > or < > in Step 2, push the joystick vertically and then push the joystick up and down, or turn < > to select the group to set the flash output. Set the flash output.
  • Page 191: Manual Flash / Multiple Flash Set In The Receiver Unit

    Manual Flash / Multiple Flash set in the Receiver Unit Manual Flash Stroboscopic Flash You can directly operate the receiver unit to manually set the manual flash or stroboscopic flash. This function is called "individual receiver". This is useful when, for example, you use the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 (sold separately) to perform wireless manual flash or stroboscopic flash.
  • Page 192 Set the flash mode. Select < > with the joystick. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to select < > or < >, then push the joystick vertically. Manual Flash Set the manual flash output. For details on the setting procedure, see "Manual Flash".
  • Page 193 Stroboscopic Flash Set the stroboscopic flash settings. For details on the setting procedure, see "Stroboscopic Flash". Caution The flash frequency when performing stroboscopic flash during optical transmission wireless shooting can be set from 1 Hz to 199 Hz (settings from 250 Hz to 500 Hz are not available).
  • Page 194: Customizing The Speedlite

    Customizing the Speedlite This chapter describes how to customize the Speedlite with the Custom Functions (C.Fn) and Personal Functions (P.Fn). Caution When the camera's shooting mode is set to a fully automatic mode or a Basic Zone mode, the operations in this chapter are not available. Set the camera's shooting mode to <...
  • Page 195: Setting Custom And Personal Functions

    Setting Custom and Personal Functions : Custom Functions : Personal Functions Custom Function List Personal Function List Clearing all Custom / Personal Functions You can make precise adjustments to various flash functions to suit your picture-taking preferences with Custom Functions. The functions used to do this are called the Custom Functions and Personal Functions.
  • Page 196 : Custom Functions Press the < > button. Display the Custom Functions screen. Press the joystick up, down, left, or right, or turn < > and select < >, then press the joystick vertically. The Custom Functions screen is displayed.
  • Page 197 Select an item to set. Push the joystick to the left or right or turn < > to select the item (number) to set. Change the setting. Push the joystick vertically. Push the joystick up or down or turn < >...
  • Page 198 : Personal Functions Press the < > button. Display the Personal Functions screen. Select < > by following the same procedure as Step 2 of the custom functions, then push the joystick vertically. Set the function. Set the Personal Functions in the same way as steps 3 and 4 for the Custom Functions.
  • Page 199 Custom Function List Number Item C.Fn-00 Distance indicator display < > C.Fn-01 Auto power off < > C.Fn-02 Modeling flash < > C.Fn-03 FEB auto cancel < > C.Fn-04 FEB sequence < > C.Fn-08 AF-assist beam firing < > C.Fn-10 Receiver auto power off timer <...
  • Page 200 Personal Function List Number Item P.Fn-01 AF-assist beam firing method < > P.Fn-02 Quick flash < > P.Fn-03 Flash firing during linked shooting < > P.Fn-04 Change settings with dial < > P.Fn-05 FE memory < > P.Fn-06 Beep < >...
  • Page 201 Clearing all Custom / Personal Functions Select < > or < > on the screen above and select < > to cancel all custom functions or personal functions. Caution Even if you clear all Custom Functions, C.Fn-00 will not be cleared. Note You can set or clear all Custom Functions of the Speedlite on the camera's menu screen (...
  • Page 202: Settings That Can Be Changed With Custom Functions

    Settings that can be changed with Custom Functions C.Fn-00: (Distance indicator display) You can select meters or feet for the distance indicator display on the LCD panel. 0: m (Meters (m)) 1: ft (Feet (ft)) Note When the effective flash distance exceeds 18 m / 60 ft., the right end of the effective flash range on the LCD panel changes to <...
  • Page 203 C.Fn-03: (FEB auto cancel) You can set whether or not to cancel FEB automatically after shooting three shots with FEB. 0: ON (Enabled) 1: OFF (Disabled) C.Fn-04: (FEB sequence) You can change the FEB shooting sequence. 0: Standard exposure, –: Decreased exposure (darker) and +: Increased exposure (brighter).
  • Page 204 C.Fn-11: (Receiver auto power off cancel) In radio transmission / optical transmission wireless shooting, when you press the test flash button of the sender unit, you can turn on the receiver units that are in the auto power off status. You can change the time for the receiver units in auto power off status to accept this function.
  • Page 205 C.Fn-21: (Light distribution) You can change the light distribution (flash coverage) characteristic of the flash relative to the shooting angle when the flash coverage is set to < > (automatic setting). (Standard) The optimum flash coverage for the shooting angle of view is set automatically. (Guide number priority) Although the periphery of the picture is slightly darker than the 0 setting, this is effective when you want to give priority to the flash output.
  • Page 206: Settings That Can Be Changed With Personal Functions

    Settings that can be changed with Personal Functions P.Fn-01: (AF-assist beam projection method) You can select the AF-assist beam projection method. (Infrared AF-assist beam) (Intermittent flash firing method) Fire the AF-assist beam using the intermittent flash firing method ( Caution The AF-assist beam is not projected during live view shooting.
  • Page 207 P.Fn-03: (Flash firing during linked shooting) When performing linked shooting ( ), you can set whether or not to fire the flash attached to the camera. Set it on each flash to be used in linked shooting. 0: OFF (Disabled) The flash does not fire during linked shooting.
  • Page 208 P.Fn-04: (Change settings with dial) Push the joystick vertically to display the setting screen as shown in the figure and turn < > to select whether to allow the following functions to be set directly. 0: OFF (Disabled) This is the normal operation method. 1: ON (Enabled) You can select the items "flash exposure compensation amount", "manual flash output", "firing group control", "flash ratio", "firing mode during group firing", "firing group of...
  • Page 209 P.Fn-05: (FE memory) You can select whether to update the manual mode flash output being maintained according to the flash output fired by the ETTL. 0: OFF 1: ON 2: ON / Note When P.Fn-05-2 is set, even if you push the joystick down to choose < >, the mode will not change to a mode other than <...
  • Page 210 P.Fn-07: (Fan) You can set whether to operate the fan. 0: ON 1: OFF Caution If the fan breaks down or the rpm is high, a warning is displayed and the fan stops. When shooting a video with the flash connected to the camera, the fan actuation sound may be recorded.
  • Page 211 P.Fn-08: (Modeling lamp (brightness, color)) You can set the color and brightness of the modeling lamp. Use the joystick to select < > or < >. Turn < > to select your desired setting, then push the joystick vertically. (1) Selected cursor position (2) Default indicator : Push the joystick to the left or right or turn <...
  • Page 212: Reference

    Reference This chapter describes the flash system and lists down some of the frequently asked questions. • EL-1 System • Flash Firing Restriction due to Temperature Increase • Troubleshooting • Specifications • Accessories...
  • Page 213: El-1 System

    EL-1 System Wireless flash shooting Speedlite / Transmitter equipped with a sender Speedlite equipped with a receiver function function Radio transmission Camera / Speedlite / Transmitter equipped with Speedlite equipped with a receiver function sender function Optical transmission (3)(4) (10) (11)
  • Page 214 EL-1. Caution Using an external power source of a brand other than Canon may result in a malfunction. When using one of the Speedlites in (9) that does not have a function for switching...
  • Page 215: Flash Firing Restriction Due To Temperature Increase

    Flash Firing Restriction due to Temperature Increase Temperature Increase Warning Number of Continuous Flashes and Rest Time When continuous flash, stroboscopic flash, or modeling flash is repeatedly fired in short intervals, the temperature of the flash head, batteries, and the area near the battery compartment may increase.
  • Page 216 If the ambient temperature of the modeling lamp becomes too high, the lamp may dim or turn off. Display Level 1 Level 2 Icon Brightness When setting maximum brightness: dimmed Battery temperature increase warning The mark below appears when the temperature of the battery rises. Subsequently, the display returns to the same state as the temperature increase warning (...
  • Page 217 Number of Continuous Flashes and Rest Time The following table shows the number of continuous flashes until the warning (level 1) is displayed, and the necessary rest time (guideline) until normal flash photography can be performed. Number of Continuous Flashes to Reach Level 1 Warning (Guideline) Necessary Interval Function...
  • Page 218 Caution Do not open or close the battery compartment cover while flash firing is being restricted. Doing so is very dangerous since the flash firing restriction is canceled. Even when level 1 warning is not displayed, the firing interval will be extended as the flash head begins to heat up.
  • Page 219: Troubleshooting

    If (1) the battery charger or battery has a problem or (2) communication with the battery failed (with a non-Canon battery pack), the protection circuit will stop charging, and the charge lamp will blink in orange at a constant high speed. In the case of (1), unplug the charger's power plug from the power outlet.
  • Page 220 [Cannot communicate with battery Use this battery?] appears. The battery pack may be faulty. If it is faulty, replace it with a new battery pack. For safety, we recommend using LP-EL, genuine battery pack. If you continue using a battery pack that is no longer capable of communicating, the flash recharge time will increase for safety reasons.
  • Page 221 Normal Shooting The power does not turn on. Check whether the battery compartment cover is closed ( Replace the batteries with new ones. The Speedlite does not fire. Insert the mounting foot into the camera's hot shoe all the way, slide the lock lever to the right, and secure the Speedlite to the camera ( If the <...
  • Page 222 Set the Speedlite's power switch to < > instead of < > ( Modeling lamp does not light up. Rest the unit for 30 minutes if the modeling lamp goes off. If the problem persists, contact your nearest Canon Service Center.
  • Page 223 Radio Transmission Wireless Flash Shooting The receiver unit does not fire or unexpectedly fires at full output. Set the sender unit to < > and the receiver unit to < > ( Set the transmission channels and wireless radio IDs of the sender unit and receiver unit to the same number ( Make sure the receiver unit is within the transmission range of the sender unit ( Run the transmission channel scan and set the channel with the best reception signal...
  • Page 224 Linked Shooting Standard exposure is not obtained. / Uneven exposure occurs. If you fire multiple Speedlites simultaneously during linked shooting, the appropriate exposure may not be obtained or uneven exposure may result. It is recommended to set only one Speedlite to fire or to use a self-timer to space out the timing of firing. The unit cannot be used as a receiver camera unit.
  • Page 225: Specifications

    Shoe-mount E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash Speedlite Compatible EOS series supporting E-TTL II / E-TTL autoflash cameras * For details, refer to the Canon website. Flash head Normal flash guide number Maximum guide number (at approx. ISO 100) Flash coverage...
  • Page 226 Manual flash guide number Maximum guide number (at approx. ISO 100) Flash coverage Flash output Unit 14mm 24mm 28mm 35mm 50mm 70mm 80mm 105mm 135mm 200mm 14.1 27.3 27.9 31.9 36.6 42.9 46.9 51.1 54.0 60.0 10.0 19.3 19.7 22.6 25.9 30.3 33.2...
  • Page 227 Normal flash Flash output Flash duration (Approx., sec.) Flash output Flash duration (Approx., sec.) 1/960 1/128 1/37020 1/1200 1/256 1/46840 1/2600 1/512 1/57000 Flash duration 1/4790 1/1024 1/80300 1/16 1/8510 1/2048 1/82670 1/32 1/14750 1/4096 1/91520 1/64 1/26790 1/8192 1/107800 Color temperature information Supported...
  • Page 228 Optical transmission Manual flash ○ ○ (Sender) Stroboscopic flash ○ * 1: For details on cameras that support this feature, refer to the Canon website. Modeling lamp Supported Supported Modeling flash * Flash fires continuously for approx. 1 sec.
  • Page 229 Normal flash Quick flash Recharge time Battery Pack LP-EL 0.1 - 0.9 sec. 0.1 - 0.8 sec. 335 - 2345 * Based on Canon testing standards Normal flash (fully Quick flash Charging in progress charged) Flash-ready lamp Lit in red...
  • Page 230 Wireless functions for radio transmission Supported Sender * Secondary and additional units serve as sub-senders and display a “SUB SENDER” icon Wireless settings * Sub-senders cannot be remotely controlled by a receiver unit Receiver Supported Compliance standards IEEE 802.15.4, ARIB STD-T66 Primary modulation: OQPAK Communication method Secondary modulation: DS-SS...
  • Page 231 572 g / 20.18 oz. Operation environment Working temperature 0 - 45°C / 32 - 113°F range Working humidity 85 % or less All specifications above are based on Canon's testing standards. Product specifications and the exterior are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 232: Accessories

    Therefore, using this product with genuine accessories is highly recommended. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and / or accidents such as malfunction, fire, etc. caused by the failure of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery).

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