Regarding the “Speedlite EL-2022”, which was announced on November 11, 2 and scheduled to be released in March 2023, due to production reasons, we have decided to postpone the release to around the summer of 3 because we cannot prepare a sufficient supply for the release.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Scheduled release date
(Before change) Scheduled to be released in March 2023
(After change) Scheduled to be released around summer 2023
We will announce the release schedule in early June.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our customers who are waiting, but we will do our utmost to launch it, and we appreciate your continued patronage.
It feels strange that a relatively high-end product that only works with a tiny subset of their cameras is so popular.
Also Canon customers: why is everything sold out!
As the new bodies are slowly coming out with the interface shoe, it's not exactly a dire need yet.
Think of how many R5 owners cannot use it.
Yep, also some of the high priced Canon lenses also come with unwanted "features" as well.
At this point, the only camera that actually 'needs' the EL-5 is the R50 ('needs' is relative, since the current flashes will work with the R50 by using the AD-E1 adapter, and the R50 has an onboard flash meaning few buyers will likely want to add a Speedlite). The current flash lineup mounts directly in the new multifunction shoe of the other recent R bodies, although the connection is not weather sealed without the AD-E1 adapter.
Practically speaking, I won't replace my godox v860C II till it breaks and I don't expect to go for an EL-5, unless it turns out to have really cool features that I actually use. Like a modeling light for macro :)
Good point, a use case I hadn't considered.
Not sure what you mean by "unwanted" features? I'd be more concerned about "missing" features, e.g. no function button on the RF100-500mm.
New outer housing, new hot shoe, new main board to offer data to the new hot shoe, new firmware, might as well just buy a new camera lol
I don't think Canon will make one, but I think it would be easy for them to do so.