Yeah I've used it messing around. A new Vivitar 285HV. Works fine. Set the auto flash to the right settings and shoot at away. Also used it on my Canon 1V at really dark concerts. Works exactly the same.
I don't know if it will worth to you but even that I work with a M6 TTL some time and latter a M7 I never used them TTL. I rather work with any flash that have the auto option. The reason is that I personally achived more control in the ratio natural/flash light.
About the common idea that it's a sin to use a flash with a Leica, I like to think as Eugene Smith, I work with "all" the "available" light.
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If you need to use a flash with a Leica the 1/50th of a second is not a liability since there isn't any light anyway, right? I say go for it. Get a small flash. You usually don't need something as large as a 283. I have many shoe mount flashes but I have found that small flashes work great. I have a Voigtlander flash that is almost as small as a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. Works beautifully out to about 15 ft. Vivitar made many small flashes as well and those are automatic for the most part. You just set your aperture and go.
Don't listen to the naysayers. Do whatever the hell you want. They are your pictures after all and no one that matters will ever ask you why you used a flash on a Leica. I think you get my drift.