ELC 125
ELC 500

Slip out of your comfort zone

Count on Elinchrom’s monolight ELC studio lights, created to last

Rise to the challenge. Brave each new day with confidence. The Elinchrom ELC 125 and ELC 500 studio monolights are built to survive every creative adventure.
Tough and reliable with TTL, Manual Lock, HSS, Smart Pro-Active Cooling and Auto-On, and directly compatible with Elinchrom’s world-renowned light modifiers, they’re essential kit for advanced photographers in rapidly changing conditions.
You’ll be ready to go when the moment of inspiration strikes you.

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Be prepared

Shoot in TTL to speed up your workflow and take control with Manual Lock without losing your exposure settings to make quick adjustments and explore new creative effects.

Keep cool

You’re the boss. Thanks to Smart Pro-Active Cooling, your ELC 125 and ELC 500 learn your shooting style and adapt their cooling cycles around it.
The low-noise speed-controlled fan and cleverly engineered airflow system can handle the heaviest workloads too.

Create magic

Use the bayonet Quick-Lock System to get direct access to Elinchrom’s best light modifiers.
Combined with the ELC’s bright, daylight LED modelling lamp to help pre-visualisation, the potential to evolve your lighting style is endless.

Rest assured

ELCs are built to last. Take them on your next adventure, and the next, and the next…
Each element is rigorously tested and designed to deliver maximum reliability over an extended lifetime.

“With ELCs, you can do so much more in one single location.”

Emily Teague

Evolve your lighting style
Consistently, reliably, endlessly

Let your creativity flow
Seamlessly day after day

Experience uninterrupted creative flow

Infinite styling possibilities and unlimited flexibility with the ELC 125 and ELC 500. Whether you’re experimenting in your living room or working in a big studio, they both acclimate and can be powered down to 7 Ws.
You can count on your ELCs to reach your desired depth of field or add just a hint of light – and thanks to HSS, you can freeze motion, overpower ambient light and darken backgrounds too.

Do more, edit less, deliver faster

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.

Match your ELCs with Elinchrom light modifiers

As important as a solid studio strobe, light modifiers are where the real magic happens and Elinchrom’s are world-renowned. With your ELCs, you get direct access at the click of switch, so push your limits, step out of your comfort zone.

Never let your equipment limit you.

Make the magic happen
with Elinchrom light modifiers

ELC 500 – Kits

Elinchrom ELC 500 - Dual Monolight Kit


ELC 500 Studio Portrait Kit

ELC 500 Studio Portrait Kit


What's included?

ELC 500 – Dual Monolight Kit
2x ELC 500 – EL20619.1
2x  Wide Reflector 16cm (6.3″) – EL26170
1x  Storage Bag – EL33236
2 Year Warranty

What's included?

ELC 500 – Studio Portrait Kit
1x ELC 500 – EL20619.1.XX
1x Transmitter Plus – EL19368
1x Rotalux Deep Octa 100 cm (39”) – EL26648
1x Elinchrom Speedring Rotalux – EL26570
1x Tripod 88-235 cm (2.8-7.7’) – EL30101
1x Elinchrom Hardshell Case – EL33255


ELC 125 / 500 – Single Units

ELC 125 - Monolight


ELC 500 - Monolight



Wide Reflector 16cm (6.3")

EL26170 - Gives a wide even coverage, excellent for copy work, single light source or large groups photography. Ideal when used with an umbrella as this reflector evenly illuminates the umbrella (no central hot spot).

Protective Cap MK-III

EL27125 - The Protective Cap is for storing and transporting units and fits all Elinchrom Monolight flash units and flash heads. 60mm high.

Elinchrom Storage Bag

EL33236 - Storage Bag for Elinchrom monolights with 6 separations.

Glass Dome ELC Transparent


Elinchrom Flashtube 500 J

EL24092 - Replacement plug-in flashtube for ELC 500 Monolights.

Elinchrom Flashtube 125 J

EL24091 - Replacement plug-in flashtube for ELC 125 Monolights.


Flash output

125 or 500 Ws

Power range

5 and 7 F-Stop

Flash modes

Standard, HSS, TTL

Modelling lamp

120 W ≃ LED


ELC 125

ELC 500

Energy 131 Ws/J 522 Ws/J
1m, 100 ISO, Reflector 48°
45.4 90.4
Power range display
F-Stop equivalent
0.1 – 4.3 0.1 – 6.3
Power range 7 to 131 Ws 7 to 522 Ws
F-Stop steps 5 7
Flash duration
t0.1 min. power (Action mode)
1/7750 1/9430
Flash duration
t0.1 max. power (Normal mode)
1/625 1/250
Sync socket 3.5 mm
Power stability +/- 0.5%
Recycling time 230 V
Fast mode
0.06 to 0.45 s 0.06 to 1.1 s
Recycling time 115 V
Fast mode
0.1 to 0.8 s 0.09 to 1.9 s
Sync voltage 5 V
Auto power dumping Automatic, Real-time
Max. power consumption
230V / 50Hz
300 W / 3 W in standby 460 W / 3 W in standby
Max. power consumption
115V / 60Hz
180 W / 2 W in standby 260 W / 2 W in standby
Voltage 100 – 240
Length 230 mm 280 mm
Width 167 mm
Height 263 mm
Weight 2 kg 2.5 kg
Flashtube Plug-in
Glass dome Transparent, screwed Torx TX10
Tilt head adapter Metal, two way fixing, incl. umbrella fitting
Umbrella fitting Centred umbrella fitting 7 – 8 mm
Fan cooled Smart pro-active cooling
Supplied with Mains cable, flashtube, glass dome, Reflector 16 cm
Colour temperature
at max. power
5600 K
Color stability +/- 150 +/- 200 K
LED lamp options On/off, free, prop., VFC
LED modelling lamp
Watt / Lumens
20 W – equivalent to 120 W – 3000 Lm
Material Heat and bump poof ABS plastics
Primary color Dark grey
Secondary color Black
Skyport type Built-in, 20 freq. channels, 4 groups
Skyport distance range 200 m
HSS / TTL Yes, with Transmitter Pro


ELC 125 / ELC 500 – Quick Start Guide

Quick Start Guide for the ELC 125 (20618.1) and ELC 500 (20619.1)



ELC 125 / ELC 500 – User Manual

ELC 125 / ELC 500 – Brochure – 2020

ELC 125 / ELC 500 Brochure
PDF file version 01.2020

English Spanish


ELC 125 / 500

ELC 125 / 500 firmware update

How to update the firmware of the ELC 125 and ELC 500

  1. Download the latest EL-Updater.
  2. Remove the mains cable of the unit.
  3. Connect the USB cable.
  4. Reconnect the mains cable.
  5. Start the EL-Updater.
  6. Follow the instructions.

Read more about firmware updates.


Transmitter Pro and unit compatibility

A list of compatible cameras and flash units with the Transmitter Pro is available here.

How to setup Hi-Sync/HSS ?

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.


Switch from TTL to manual

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.

Why HSS on Elinchrom 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.

Why TTL on Elinchrom products?

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.

Elinchrom TTL units in a classic Elinchrom setup

Yes, you can use Elinchrom TTL units together with older Elinchrom flash units, but only in Manual mode, of course.

What is Action Mode?

On Elinchrom TTL units (ELB 500, ELC, ONE, THREE) 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 ELC Pro HD is Elinchrom’s top-of-the-range compact unit.
The ELC Pro HD offers a more powerful halogen modelling lamp, faster recycling times and is available with more power if necessary but cannot achieve TTL and HSS.
The ELC 125/500 on the other hand offers TTL, HSS, and an LED modelling lamp.

Are TTL and HSS available for the ELC 125/500?

Yes, TTL and HSS features are implemented in the ELC 125 and the ELC 500.


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