So, I have an EPL1. Every EPL1 owner knows that it poops out fine pictures when there's plenty of light not requiring a flash. But when it just that bit dark, the built-in flash is but so much. Money is an issue for right now at least, hopefully. Otherwise I would buy the FL50R or the Metz 50 in a heartbeat and have a heart attack. My dad used to be into cameras, not much anymore. So I have a 40 year old Vivitar 283 with the auto thyristor and the old Braun RL 515 flash. I can't use the Braun RL 515, the battery for that is the Eveready No.497 510V battery. I can find them, $140+.... 510V.... a few of those, I can make my 32" LCD flatscreen and Xbox 360 portable, maybe a fridge and a microwave too. I read online that the old Vivi 283 puts out up to 280V at the hot shoe which will fry the EPL1 or any digital camera for all that matters. You know, before I did this bit of research, I actually slid the 283 onto my EPL1 hot shoe and snapped 5 test shots... the flash did not fire, not sure why, it should've flashed since it was a hot shoe but maybe it did require the PC shutter cord or maybe a setting? Bad internal wiring? But fortunately, it didn't. So, 283 throws out a voltage a digital camera cannot take. Well, I found this little guy after further research: Wein PC Safe Hot Shoe to Hot Shoe with a PC shutter cord input whatever whatever. eBay, up to $50. They have a circuit within them that reduces the super voltages from ancient flashes to a small voltage that pussy, little [or big] digital cameras can handle. Before I go buying the Wein adapter and try using the Vivitar 283 again risking a camera-turned charcoal... Anyone use, or used, the Wein adapter? If this works, I have plans on using this flash off the camera. I can utilize the flash bracket from the Braun flash so I still have full use of the hot shoe on the camera so I can use my VF2 AND the 283 flash. I read some where that I can take two small wires, tape them to the appropriate hot shoe leads and slide the VF2 right over it. What the heck was Oly thinking putting the accessory port under the hot shoe. I'm quite surprised, although the accessory port is proprietary, that no one in China has made a cable for it. Then we'll all be able to use the VF2 five feet or whatever away from the camera. I hope I can get this 283 to work nicely with my EPL1.