Since the launch of the EOS R system, the Speedlite situation for the system has been a bit of a mess.

Currently, the flagship Speedlite EL-1 isn't expected to ship again until May of 2024, while it's compatible the entire EOS R lineup, it's also prohibitively expensive for a lot of shooters. The Speedlite EL-5 isn't compatible with the EOS R5, but works with the EOS R3, EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R7 and EOS R10.

The EL-100? It doesn't really check all the boxes for a lot of shooters, but compatibility isn't an issue with the EOS R system.

We have no idea what the ongoing issues are with Canon Speedlites, the EL-5 was delayed for more than 6 months and the EL-1 stock levels remain inconsistent. The EL-5 is easy to come by, but we think it would be far more popular if it was compatible with the EOS R5.

We are now being told that the EL-1 “may never be available again” and that Canon is “revamping the entire Speedlite line next year”. What that means, we're not 100% sure, but it would make sense to address it with the expected EOS R1 and EOS R5 Mark II launches next calendar year.

We previously reported than Speedlite EL-10 was on the way, and apparently that is still going to be happening. While it was rumoured to appear late this year, that didn't come to pass. With the issues surrounding Speedlite's for EOS R, we're not surprised things have been bumped…… again.

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  1. The soon to be released R5 Mk2 will be compatible with the EL-5. I believe that the Canon RP and Canon R5 are the only two Canon cameras currently in production that are not compatible with the EL-5.

    Just FYI the EL-5 is a great flash even though I use it infrequently.
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  2. I'd guess that global shutters are coming from Canon as well, and that
    might require a redesign towards shorter discharge durations in order to
    cram that into the exposure times and make a difference.

    Other than that, the Godox X system does everything one needs - and more.
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  3. Most people got rid of Canon speedlights and adopted third-party options like Godox. The only difference the new shoe mount has is a mic jack, which I personally don’t care about. I’ve seen people with R6 II come into the studio and be surprised that it won’t work with a universal trigger.
    EL-5 me bolox
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  4. … We are now being told that the EL-1 “may never be available again” and that Canon is “revamping the entire Speedlite line next year”. What that means, we're not 100% sure, but it would make sense to address it …
    I must admit, that I didn‘t fully understand the Canon strategy behind the new EL SLs - of there is any consistent one at all.
    So either there is one or not, it seems that it didn‘t fit grip at the market.
    So starting again seems to be a possible choice.
    Right now, I see no reason to abandon my old EX SL.
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  5. The EL-5 should work the the R8 as well. But I'm going to keep using my trusty EL-100 :)
    I like mine too, and, since I dislike flash photography anyway (or have no use for it), the EL 100 is all I need. Small, reliable and lightweight for the rare cases I need a flash.
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  6. I\'m not a huge Speedlite shooter. I have two 600EX-RT II Speedlites and use them periodically. I rented the EL-1 for a shoot as a companion/comparison on my R5 body. Nice flash, fast recycle and it works with an external pack. That said, it\'s not worth $1000! No way. I use an Elinchrom ELB500 and also an Elinchrom 1 for my location work since I rarely use on-camera flash. I\'m considering an Elinchrom 3 now. All of these are roughly the same price or less than the EL-1 but with more versatility (though granted, not on camera). The problems with Canon Speedlites are 1) exorbitantly expensive (as even the 600EX-RT are), and 2) non-functional with even somewhat newer cameras like the R5.
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  7. Most people got rid of Canon speedlights and adopted third-party options like Godox.
    Welcome to the CR forum! It's always great when we have forum members with access to accurate global market research, so they can tell us all what 'most people' do and think.
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  8. - Last-gen Speedlites do the job fine for most people
    - Canon Speedlites are way too expensive
    - Third party flashes do the job at a much lower price point

    Unless Canon can sell a competitively priced flash that offers a tangible benefit to flash shooters they'll continue to be overrun by third parties. Until then I'll stick with my first-gen 430EX when I need TTL, and my set of Yongnuo YN560-III when I'm doing studio stuff.
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  9. Welcome to the CR forum! It's always great when we have forum members with access to accurate global market research, so they can tell us all what 'most people' do and think.
    I was wondering where the poll was that asked how many people got rid of their Canon Speedlites. :LOL:
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  10. - Canon Speedlites are way too expensive
    - Third party flashes do the job at a much lower price point
    Well yes, but...
    So many people say you can buy 4 (Godox/Yongnuo/etc.) for the price of an EL-1. Read the reviews of the Godox V1 on B&H. Tons of reviews saying it broke after the 1st event, especially the foot. One reviewer said he was on his 5th(!) V1.
    At that point, he's spent more money on his 5 V1s than if he just bought an EL-1.

    "Buy nice or buy twice..."
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  11. Canon attempted too many tricks with the flash shoe - from removing the standard hotshoe pin from economic cameras, and then creating a whole new interface - but not before rolling out one of its flagship camera models. I understand flash units are a way to increase revenues, but irritating users is not a good way. Hope they rethink their strategy in a more coherent and backward-compatible way...
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  12. Well yes, but...
    So many people say you can buy 4 (Godox/Yongnuo/etc.) for the price of an EL-1. Read the reviews of the Godox V1 on B&H. Tons of reviews saying it broke after the 1st event, especially the foot. One reviewer said he was on his 5th(!) V1.
    At that point, he's spent more money on his 5 V1s than if he just bought an EL-1.

    "Buy nice or buy twice..."
    I've two speedlites (580 EX II) and 4 Yongnues. I don't see any quality difference except the Yongnues are smarter and I can trigger Multiples ones with a trigger. I'm at the point where I wouldn't even consider buying a El-5 or El-1, just would not be worth the price point. Crazy to have compatability issues with an R5. Godox V1 seems a very popular ( I see the reviews, not sure how common that issue is with the foot - weak design or manufacturing issue perhaps - Godox are generally very well made (I've AD200's and a AD100 both excellent).
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  13. I have 2 AD200s, and they are fantastic. I think the V1s in particular just have an issue.

    And I'm not trying to beat a dead horse, but sort the reviews by "worst reviews," and you'll see what I'm talking about:

    No it's a valid comment, you see the same complaint on some of the Amazon reviews. There are so many positive reviews on both its hard to tell how common an issue it is. You'd almost need to see a break down to see how fragile is it really. There are always monday morning products and you can be unlucky but its a well to read bad reviews before buying.
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  14. Canon changed the flash hot shoe in the worse timing possible... EL-1 is using traditional, which should have been digital like EL-5 as well.

    Which leaves R RP R5 R6 in the dust... And the adapter is too expensive for what it is.
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