Master your workflow and enjoy total freedom with the ELB 500 TTL.
Designed for adventurous portrait photographers on location or in studio, it sets the light you need for the perfect shot right from the start. Portable and incredibly powerful with a 500 Ws robust battery pack, and complete with TTL, HSS, Active Charging and Full Asymmetry with built-in Skyport receiver.
Following your creative instinct has never been so easy.
Be ready in seconds with beautiful light in any challenging situation. Simply set the light you want with TTL or switch to manual and explore your full potential.
Give maximum expression to your creative ideas on the move. Lightweight and ultracompact, the ELB 500 TTL delivers 400 full power bursts on a single charge.
Streamline your processes thanks to the seamless HSS feature. The ELB 500 TTL works like a fast and efficient assistant for a super smooth creative journey end-to-end.
Explore the infinite fun of flash photography in and out of the studio. Use two asymmetrical flash heads with your portable ELB 500 TTL for thrilling results.
Take your ideas beyond the limits of any given location with the ELB 500 TTL. With 500 Ws and HSS at your disposal, it’s easy to overpower the sun and create dreamy backgrounds to suit your style in any conditions.
Combine it with the ELB 500 range of accessories to generate perfect light distribution, unmatched color quality and exceptional consistency with countless setups wherever you shoot.
Freeze motion in Action Mode or use High Speed Sync.
Darken or outshine the ambient light or use a wider aperture: the Elinchrom Transmitter Pro gives you access to HSS to seamlessly synchronize at speeds up to 1/8000s.
The world’s most powerful portable strobe is the simplest to use too. Just plug into the mains using Active Charge for a studio shoot and rely on the battery for location work.
With 400 full power flashes on a single charge and a 2-second recycling time, it delivers no matter what.
“When I can balance the natural light along with a properly strobed image, the results are magical!” – Tyler Stableford
“The Elinchrom Hi-Sync system is the ultimate solution for a photoshoot like this. It enables to get a complete control over the ambient light”. – Geert Langelaan
ELB 500 TTL To Go
1x ELB 500 Snappy – EL19254
ELB 500 TTL Dual To Go
1x ELB 500 Snappy – EL19254
TTL, HSS and Hi-Sync. This is more than a trigger for flash units, it’s the key to a whole new world of possibilities.
Available in 12 different shapes and sizes, the Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox will quickly become your main light shaper whether you’re in a studio or on location.
Simple and straightforward to use, shallow and deep umbrellas spread soft diffused light over larger surface areas.
Number of flashes
ELB 500 TTL
1m, 100 ISO, reflector 48°
|Power range F-Stop||7|
|Power range display
|0.1 – 6.3|
|Power range||7 to 500 Ws|
|Power distribution||Full asymmetry|
t0.5 min. power – 7.1 Ws/J
|1/20000 (Action mode)|
t0.5 max. power – 500 Ws/J
|1/250 (Action mode)|
|Sync socket||3.5 mm Jack|
|Power stability||+/- 0.5 %|
|Sync voltage||5 V|
|Battery life||28000 (min power) / 400 (full power)|
|Battery recharge time||1.4 h|
|Auto power dumping||Automatic, real-time|
|Battery type||Li-Ion 14.4V / 5Ah / 72 Wh|
|Battery level indicator||On unit and battery|
at max. power
|Color stability||+/- 200 K over 7 F-Stops|
|LED lamp options||On/off, free, prop., VFC, Timer 1 – 60 s.|
|LED modelling lamp
Watt / Lumens
|Dimmable modelling lamp||40 steps|
|Primary color||Dark grey|
|Skyport type||Built-in Skyport 20 channels, 4 groups / Phottix Odin Z|
|Skyport distance range||Up to 200 m|
|HSS / TTL||Yes, with Transmitter Pro|
ELB 500 TTL – Quick Start Guide
Lithium battery airplane transportation regulations.
Quadra / ELB 400 / ELB 500 / 1200 Li-Ion Battery.
This Li-Ion battery is rated with 59 Wh (14.4 V / 4.1 Ah).
Please read below the IATA regulations for travelling by Air with batteries up to 100 Wh.
The following actions will help preserve battery life:
Download the battery guide.
You can use almost any Elinchrom accessory with the Quadra Reflector Adapter MK-II:
Read more about light shapers for the ELB 400 / 500
A list of compatible cameras and flash units with the Transmitter Pro is available here.
Look for regulation PDF documents in the Download Center.
Hi-Sync or HSS mode is detected automatically.
Enabling the Hi-Sync/HSS feature is very simple but different for each camera.
However, some cameras need a specific setup to be able to engage Hi-Sync or HSS.
How to setup hi-sync / hss mode.
We are in a world where we need to work faster with an efficient workflow.
This is why we introduced TTL within our portfolio of products.
Previously, we only introduced products with Hi-Sync as HSS had a substantial disadvantage of power.
With the ELB 500 TTL, we have been able to optimize HSS to the point that it is not dissimilar in power to Hi-Sync, thus making Elinchrom’s HSS the most powerful HSS from comparable powered units on the market to date.
TTL is only here to help you if needed.
If you don’t want TTL, you can just as easily use it in Manual mode.
You can start in TTL, lock exposure, and then switch to manual, we call this Manual Lock.
Only the heads and the batteries are not compatible.
All Q-Mount accessories; light shapers, protective caps, and cables are compatible with the ELB 500 TTL.
Other than the flashtube and electronics, the cable of the ELB 500 head is fixed and offers a more powerful and higher CRI LED.
The power cord is attached to the ELB 500 Head permanently and is not removable.
Active Charge is a feature that enables you to charge while using the unit without damaging its battery.
On Elinchrom TTL units (ELB 500, ELC, ONE) Action ON means that the focus is on providing the fastest flash duration while trading a bit of colour temperature stability.
Action OFF means that the focus is on providing the best possible color temperature stability while trading flash duration speed.
The ELB 500 TTL offers 100 Ws more power, an easy-to-use and large interface, TTL, HSS, full asymmetry, and to do so, a completely new internal circuitry.
The ELB 500 TTL also offers only one type of head to shoot all kinds of various photography possible.
The minimum power is 0.1 / approx. 7.1 Ws.
At this power level, the flash duration in Action mode is 1/20000s.
Measured with an 18 cm Reflector at 2m distance with 100 ISO and F-stop 2.8 at 9/10th.
Note, where very low powers are required, it is still possible to use the daylight-balanced dimmable modeling lamp.
Yes, you can use Elinchrom TTL units together with older Elinchrom flash units, but only in Manual mode, of course.
The ELB 500 TTL integrates 2 remote options:
Proceed as follows:
If you work with Mac, the software may not install. Please go to system preferences and allow to install this application.