ELC 125
ELC 500

Slip out of your comfort zone

Elinchrom ELC Studio Lights: Engineered for Creativity and Durability

Redefine Your Photography with Elinchrom ELC 125 and ELC 500 Monolights

Embark on a journey of creative exploration with the Elinchrom ELC 125 and ELC 500 studio monolights. Crafted for photographers who face dynamic and challenging conditions, these lights offer the resilience and versatility you need to capture your vision without compromise.

Featuring advanced technologies like TTL, Manual Lock, High-Speed Sync (HSS), Smart Pro-Active Cooling, and Auto-On, along with compatibility with Elinchrom’s acclaimed light modifiers, the ELC series is your companion for relentless creativity.

Why Elinchrom ELC is Your Creative Ally:

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Rapid Workflow Optimization

Utilize TTL for swift setups and Manual Lock to refine your lighting without losing initial exposure settings, empowering you to experiment and uncover new creative dimensions.

Cool Under Pressure

With Smart Pro-Active Cooling, the ELC 125 and ELC 500 adapt to your shooting rhythm, ensuring performance stability even under the most demanding conditions.

Access to Premium Light Modifiers

The bayonet Quick-Lock System offers instant connection to Elinchrom’s superior range of light modifiers, enhancing your ability to sculpt light precisely for any scene.

Unmatched Durability

Venture into any creative project with confidence, knowing your ELC monolights are constructed to withstand the rigors of intensive use, ensuring they’re a lasting investment in your photography career.

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

Emily Teague

Discover the Elinchrom ELC 125 and ELC 500
Built for Every Creative Adventure


Unleash Unbounded Creativity 
Consistently, reliably, endlessly

Seamless Integration, Infinite Possibilities

Whether in a cozy home setting or a large studio, the ELC series adapts seamlessly, offering flexibility from 7 Ws to full power. Embrace the freedom to perfect your depth of field or introduce subtle lighting effects. With HSS, effortlessly freeze motion, control ambient light, or achieve the perfect background blur, all while maintaining exquisite illumination.

Efficiency in Action

Achieve more with less effort. The ELC series, especially in Action mode or when utilizing HSS with the Elinchrom Transmitter Pro, allows for synchronization at speeds up to 1/8000s, enabling you to capture the moment with precision and ease.

Expand Your Creative Reach with Elinchrom Light Modifiers

Elevate your lighting with Elinchrom’s renowned light modifiers, easily attached to your ELCs, and push the boundaries of what you thought possible in photography.

Transform Your Photographic Approach

A symphony of quality, innovation, and versatility, the ELC studio lights paired with Elinchrom light modifiers open new horizons for your photography, ensuring you never face creative limitations again.


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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