500 / 1000

Awaken your vision, fast

Push boundaries with a high-performance solution for professionals

Create your next adventure with the ELC Pro HD 500 and ELC Pro HD 1000, the highest-performing monolight studio flash on the market today.
Delivering the widest power range, fastest flash duration, and perfect color and exposure accuracy, it’s the ultimate solution for demanding creative professionals with action-packed stories to tell. Thanks to a simple user interface and the Creative Suite including stroboscopic, sequence, and delay modes, you’ll be bringing your wildest ideas to life in no time.

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“Gone are the days when studio lights could scare you with their complexity”

Philippe Echaroux

Illuminate your wildest ideas
With infinite creative possibilities

Turn your dream images into real life adventures with the fastest studio light ever.


The most professional monolight unit

Are you constantly thinking about new images you want to create? Something bigger, better, and more stunning than your last one. Simple. Create your next adventure with the ELC Pro HD 500 or 1000, the most professional studio monolight unit from Elinchrom. Use flash in burst mode like Tom Bol in his BMX series, create a world of moving color like Phillipe Echaroux in “The Pigments” or invent your own fantastic lighting universe fast from scratch: the ELC Pro HD Dual Kits are all you need.

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Take full control with the Elinchrom Transmitter Plus

Strong and robust with extra range, the latest version of the Elinchrom Transmitter Plus lets you simply trigger and adjust flash power at up to 200 m (656 feet) away – and you can optimize reception using the swivel function. It’s a must-have, now included in the To Go Set.

Shape your next adventure with Elinchrom Light Shapers

Take your next adventure to a new level. Whether you’re looking for more depth, intensity, reflection or spread, you can transform your lighting to suit your needs with the full range of Elinchrom Light Shapers.

Get set for your next adventure.

ELC Pro HD – Kits

Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 500 - Dual Monolight Kit


Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 - Dual Monolight Kit


What's included?

ELC Pro HD 500 – Dual Monolight Kit 
2x ELC Pro HD 500 – EL20613.1
2x Glass Dome Transparent – EL24930
1x Transmitter Plus – EL19368
1x Wide Reflector 16cm (6.3″) – EL26170
1x Storage Bag – EL33236

What's included?

ELC Pro HD 1000 – Dual Monolight Kit 
2x ELC Pro HD 1000 – EL20616.1
2x Glass Dome Transparent – EL24930
1x Transmitter Plus – EL19368
1x Wide Reflector 16cm (6.3″) – EL26170
1x Storage Bag – EL33236


ELC Pro HD – Single Units

ELC Pro HD 500 - Monolight


ELC Pro HD 1000 - Monolight



Elinchrom Storage Bag

EL33236 - Storage Bag for Elinchrom monolights with 6 separations.

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.

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).

Glass Dome for ELC Pro HD


Elinchrom Flashtube 3000 J



Flash output

500 or 1000 Ws

Power range

7 or 8 F-Stop

Recycling time

0.6 or 1.2 s

Creative Suite

Strobo, Delay, Sequence


ELC Pro HD 500

ELC Pro HD 1000

500 Ws/J 1000 Ws/J

1m, 100 ISO, Reflector 48°
64.8 90.8

Power range
7 8

Power increments
in F-Stop
Adjusted by precise multifunctional power knob in 1/10 steps  

Power range display
F-Stop equivalent
0.3 – 6.3 0.3 – 7.3

Power range
7 to 500 Ws 8 to 1000 Ws

Max. flash per sec.
at min. power

Best flash duration
t0.5 at power
1/5000s at 3.1 1/5260s at 3.6

Flash duration
t0.5 at min. power
1/2940 1/2780

Flash duration
t0.5 at max. power
1/2330 1/1430

Sync socket
3.5 mm Jack  

Power stability
± 0.1%  

Default mode
0.75 s 1.5 s

Eco mode
2.0 s 4.0 s

Recycling time 230 V
Fast mode
to 0.6 s to 1.2 s

Recycling time 115 V
Fast mode
to 0.7 s to 1.4 s

Sync voltage
5 V  

Auto power dumping
Adjusts power settings automatically  

Max. power consumption
230V / 50Hz
Slow: 350 W // Default: 700 W // Fast: 875 W  

Max. power consumption
115V / 60Hz
Slow: 250 W // Default: 500 W // Fast: 625 W  

90 – 260 90 – 260

315 mm  

140 mm  

210 mm  

2.35 kg 2.9 kg

S-Type, Omega plug-in, user-replaceable – 24084  

Glass dome

Glass dome frosted
Art. N° 24917 / optional  

Umbrella fitting
Centred tube for EL-Umbrellas ø 7 mm stand bracket with extra fitting for larger umbrella shafts  

Fan cooled
Smart pro-active cooling  

Supplied with
Main and sync cables, flashtube, modelling lamp, glass dome, protective cap, reflector 16 cm 90°  

Pure sine battery
Converter DC/AC: Slow charge (W)
600 with halogen  

Colour temperature
at max. power
5600 K  

Modelling lamp
300 W / GX 6.35 – 23030  

Modelling lamp
300 W / GX 6.35 – 23022  

Modelling lamp mode
On/off, free, proportional  

Heat and bump poof ABS plastics  

Primary color
Dark grey  

Skyport type
Integrated transceiver, 20 Freq. Channels, 4 Groups  

Skyport distance range
100 m  

Hi-Sync / HSS
Not compatible  



What is standby mode on the ELC Pro HD

The standby function is an energy-saving mode, which cuts off the capacitors from level charging.
The cooling will be active in case the unit has been heavily used.

Color temperature and consistency output

All flashes are extremely consistent in flash power output and may vary due to the glass flash tube by a 1/10th of an F-Stop or even less.
The color temperature is stable. The color shifts over 3 f-stop flash power regulation is about 200 – 300 Kelvin or even less, but when set to a certain flash power output each flash is consistent.
At minimum power, the flash color temperature tends to be warmer. At full power, it tends to be cooler, due to the voltage regulation of the capacitor for different flash power outputs.
This will not affect the image result, since studio lights are a mix of old and new units at different power levels with silver and white reflectors or Softboxes of different brands and fabrics.
The difference between a silver reflector and a softbox can show a gap in the color temperature, maybe 500 K or more.
The flash duration and specifications at full power you find in the user manuals.

ELC Pro HD firmware update

Proceed as follows: 

  1. Download the latest EL Updater.
  2. Set the ELC Pro HD flash unit into firmware update mode:
    • Switch the flash unit OFF.
    • Hold the USER button and press ON.
    • The display shows “Firmware update”.
  3. Start the EL Updater.
  4. Click “Update” and follow the messages in the updater window.

Read more about firmware updates.

ELC Pro HD and Hi-Sync

ELC Pro HD is not optimized for Hi-Sync.
Hi-Sync works particularly well with slower flash durations but the ELC Pro HD was built to have fast flash durations.
The ELC Pro HD 1000 will produce better results at full power than the ELC Pro HD 500.
On the display of the ELCs, you can see the flash durations for each power level, please pick up the lowest flash duration for better results.

Transmitter Pro and unit compatibility

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

ELC Pro HD power inconsistency

Due to a bug in the ELC Pro HD firmware (v.16), this may happen. 
Please, update your unit to resolve this.

Impossible to go higher than 1/200s shutter speed

Hi-Sync or HSS mode is detected automatically with compatible units.
However, some cameras need a specific setup to be able to engage Hi-Sync or HSS:

How to setup hi-sync / hss mode.

  • Always check if you have the latest firmware installed.
  • If you use higher shutter speeds 1/400s and more, you should see a little “HS” symbol in the upper bar of the Transmitter Pro; this indicates that hi-sync is active.
  • Try different shutter speeds.
  • A decent grading over the image is unavoidable; this is the relation between camera chip size and the flash duration of the unit.
  • Try to use lower flash power settings. Hi-Sync requires a longer flash duration.
  • On the Transmitter  Pro, you find the ODS settings. Try to play with this setting to shift the exposure window to the best possible sync result.

ELC Pro HD flash before ready

When the unit is OFF, press and hold ON + knob button (S) until the message “ENABLED” is shown.
To return to “DISABLED” repeat the procedure.
The shown value is automatically saved as the standard setting for the unit.
Please note: this feature is only available since firmware 26.17


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 on the ELC Pro HD?

No, TTL and HSS are not available for the ELC Pro HD.
Please refer to the ELC 125 / ELC 500 if TTL and HSS maters.

Read more


ELC Pro HD – User Manual

ELC Pro HD – Quick Start Guide

ELC Pro HD 500 / 1000 Quick start guide