The ELB 500 TTL is an incredibly portable and powerful battery pack combining 500Ws of power with a feature set that includes TTL, Manual mode and High Speed Sync with exceptional power delivery up to 1/8000s. Incorporating full asymmetry, built-in Skyport / Phottix Odin II, 400 full power flashes from a single charge, and an Active Charge feature, the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL is designed to empower the workflow of photographers both in studio and on location.
Battery & ELB 500 TTL Head sold separately
The most powerful, portable TTL unit on the market*
Up to 0.5 f-stops more powerful in HSS mode than the competition*
HSS – Synchronise at speeds up to 1/8000s with no gradation
Seamless integration up to 1/8000s with Elinchrom Hi-Sync (HS) compatible units
Amazing 5500K colour and power consistency in both TTL or manual mode
Active Charging – charge the battery as you shoot, perfect for studio work
Built in "Skyport Pro" TTL technology
Update an HS Transmitter to "Pro" by installing the latest firmware
Update an existing Skyport HS Transmitter to "Pro" compatibility by installing the latest firmware
Compatible with Phottix speedlights using Odin II protocol
Flash duration up to 1/20,000s in Action Mode
Video quality dimmable 14w (50w equivalent) daylight LED CRI 90+
400 full power flashes from one charge
72Wh quick release Li-Ion Battery suitable for air travel
Fast recycle from 0.05 to 2.0 seconds.
Super Portable, modular system for easy packing**
- Pack weighs just 2.48kg
- 250g head allow you to place your light in hard to reach places.
Larger OLED display.
3 Year UK Warranty backed up by a trusted UK service centre.
*When tested against other leading 500w/s and 600w/s battery powered TTL units
** Volumetrically, ELB 500 TTL is the smallest 500w/s portable flash on the market
The Most Powerful Portable TTL Light Ever
At 500w/s the ELB 500 TTL may not seem the most powerful portable TTL unit on the market, as there are a variety of other 500 and 600w/s options available. However, when tested against the leading battery powered alternatives the ELB 500 TTL is more powerful in both normal and HSS modes, up to 0.5 f-stops brighter thanks to more efficient electronics! Perfect for overpowering the sun.
Speed & Simplicity with TTL
The ELB 500 TTL is the perfect partner for those time sensitive photo shoots, where speed and convenience are paramount to getting the job done successfully. For manual shooters, the “Manual Lock” function allows you to get an initial “lock” on the exposure in TTL, and then switch to manual mode to make creative adjustments.
Incredible Performance & Portability
Volumetrically the ELB 500 TTL is the smallest 500w/s portable flash unit on the market. At a combined weight of just 2.48kg for the Pack & Battery, and 680g combined for the Head and Cable, the entire package is extremely lightweight. The modular system allows for the most convenient packing into a huge variety of shoulder bags, backpacks, flight cases etc.
The ELB 500 TTL head is smaller than most speedlights and yet delivers on average 10 times the power. Plus, it is lightweight enough to be mounted on a camera bracket or boom arm while on location. Despite its small size and high power, the ELB 500 TTL delivers 400 full power flashes on a single charge and recycles from full power in just 2.0 seconds!
Shooting up to 1/8000s in HSS Mode? Until now High Speed Sync (HSS), whilst offering perfectly even exposures, has suffered from a more significant loss in power than the Hi-Sync (HS) method. With the ELB 500 TTL the power difference between the methods is now a thing of the past, thanks to Elinchrom's enhancements in maximising efficiency in HSS technology.
Convenience & Control with Skyport® Pro or Phottix ODIN II Transmitters
The ELB 500 TTL features built-in Skyport, Elinchrom’s reliable and easy to use wireless system as well as Odin II functionality from Phottix. Integrate existing Elinchrom flashes or Phottix Mitros or Indra units into your workflow seamlessly.
For photographers already using the Skyport Plus HS Transmitter, there’s no need for an additional Skyport Pro Transmitter. Simply update the firmware on your HS module to obtain the latest TTL feature set. At launch the ELB 500 TTL is compatible with Canon and Nikon using the Skyport Pro Transmitter, or Phottix Odin II Transmitter. More compatibility to follow very soon.
The Versatility of HSS, Asymmetry & Active Charging
When used with the Elinchrom Pro or Phottix Odin II Transmitters the ELB 500 TTL is capable of High Speed Sync to seamlessly synchronise at speeds of up to a 1/8000s. Freeze motion, darken and overpower the ambient light or use wider aperture. Creating a dreamy background has never been easier, and not having to worry about flash sync limitations or the time of day makes for a very liberating creative experience.
For the first time in an Elinchrom portable flash unit, full asymmetry provides a broader range of creative control, and active charging provides the freedom to charge the battery while shooting in studio.
Seamless Integration up to 1/8000s with Elinchrom Hi-Sync Compatible Products
For existing ELB 400, Quadra or D-Lite RX 4 shooters, using the Elinchrom Hi-Sync technology - combine the ELB 500 TTL with your setup seamlessly using It’s HSS function to obtain similar power output to your existing kit when shooting above the x-sync. With the ELB 500 TTL the power difference between the HS and HSS methods is now a thing of the past, thanks to Elinchrom's enhancements in maximising efficiency in HSS technology.
"The ELB 500 TTL gives me the freedom to truly connect with my subject.” - Brett Florens
Exceptional Light Quality
With unmatched colour and light consistency, get the perfect shot right from the start. When used with the Elinchrom range of accessories, benefit from perfect light distribution and generate high-end quality with countless creative options, wherever you shoot.
Ease & Intuitiveness of a Brilliant User Interface
When the pressure is on to get the perfect shot, nobody wants to fumble with controls. The large OLED display and intuitive control system of the ELB 500 TTL makes using the pack a delight.
The ELB 500 TTL’s Q-Mount (Quadra Mount) is compatible with a range of Q-Mount specific, super portable accessories. It can also work with any of your favorite full-sized Elinchrom light modifiers when used in conjunction with the Q-Mount to EL Mount Adapter Mk II.
The Heritage, Quality & Value of Elinchrom
The ELB 500 TTL is the latest compact flash solution in a history of innovative and ultra-reliable Elinchrom products that represent a decades-long commitment to crafting the highest quality lighting tools while providing superb value to their customer.
Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL Pack without Battery Full specifications
Size (Pack & Battery)
18.1 x 16.3 x 9.0 cm
TTL Battery Flash Pack
Weight (Pack & Battery)
Power Range (f stops)
Recycling time s
Colour Temp °K
Best Flash Duration
Action: 1/20,000 Normal: 1/3,400s
Flashes from one charge at min. Power
Flashes from one charge at max. Power
Lithium-Ion 14.4 V 72 W/h (Not included)
Yes, +/- 0.5%
Built-In Skyport & Phottix Odin II Radio Receiver, Sync Cord (3.5mm), Optical Slave,
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