T8 Ring-Flash on a Pen F?

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Newbie here, albeit not new to the Olympus line. Happy, (very) owner of a Pen F and a couple of lenses. Not even sure if this is the correct thread to attach this to?

I go through an on an off relationship with the original OM system, and acquired a nice Olympus T8 ring-flash unit recently. I love the style and simple wonderfulness of this macro flash system, truly well ahead of it's time.

The question all this is leading up to has possibly been answered a few time. Can I use this "old" flash with my "new" digital Pen (or any other camera for that matter, Fuji X for example)? Obviously it is plug and play with the OM2/3/4 etc, biut I want to use it for digital if possible.

I read a very through and informative article about "converting" to use with the later digital cameras and controllers, but that is well beyond me, and something I don't really want to do. Using it in manual mode is fine, as long as it doesn't do damage.

I have spoken with a few people that have used them, one especially on a Canon 5D, but I am a tad hesitant to "just try it", as frying my Pen electrics is not an option.

Thanks for any and all help.

Gary
 

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If you're content with manual flash (two supported power levels, two additional un-documented ones) you can use the T-8 with the T Power Control, which you appear to have from the photo.

But if you want full automatic power control, you'll need to do some work, installing a new cable and a trigger coil, so the T-8 will work with the E-System FC-1 flash controller.
 

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Thank you both, greatly appreciated.
Especially you Byte, it was your very informative article that I read recently, got me thinking, but no. I do not have the skill, nor the balls, to tackle this.
I can and will be content with manual operation.
My main concern is this. If I simply turn everything on, as pictured, and fire the shutter, will it fire or fry?
If fire, then away I will go. If fry, then I will not use it, obviously.
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Is it something that Olympus as a company would know, or answer? I must admit to focusing on asking this knowledge base, without even considering asking the actual manufacturer.
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You can measure the trigger voltage with an ordinary digital meter. You set the probes to short the metal contact in the groove on the side of the t power control's shoe, and the large centre flash pin. You get your reading when the flash is triggered as you short them. It may or may not make a difference what power setting is on the t power control - I would try all available just in case.

Then you just need to find out the maximum permissible voltage for the PEN F.

The EM1.2 has a PC socket - it may be designed to tolerate higher trigger voltages than the PEN-F.
 

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Thank you kbouk, to be honest I've done little to nothing with the T8, my OM film gear is gone (apart from the 100/2.8), and I currently don't even have a macro lens.

I'll sort something out with it in the coming weeks/months.

Appreciate all the help.

Gary
 
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