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This is a known fault with this retro model, I'm afraid - over time, the plastic gears get worn, and eventually fail. Solutions are mentioned on the Pentax Forums.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Aug 19, 2017


Take the lens to a repair facility. When you've recovered from the shock of the cost, look on Ebay for a replacement. FYI, it may be better to get an f1.7 lens instead - far far cheaper, and the f1.4 was notorious for less than optimum optics wide open. You'll only lose half a stop or so, which is negligible.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Mar 05, 2017


There is not any in camera developing. This is not a digital camera it is a film camera wherein we put a film cartridge with a specified number of shots into the camera then thread the film leader to the takeup spool, close the camera advance the film a few frames, then we are ready to shoot. After the specified number of shots, 24 or 36, film is rewound into the canister, camera back opened film canister removed then taken to the lab for processing.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Nov 28, 2016


Take the lens off, is the mirror stuck up? If it is then thats why you cant see through the view finder. It should come down after you take a photo.You can try to gently push the mirror down. This is caused by the mirror box warping due to heat or being dropped. Try it a few times and if it still sticks, more expensive to get fixed than the camera is worth so look for a 'new' camera on ebay. do not spray anything like CRC or WD40 into it, makes things worse.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Feb 03, 2016


I really loved your camera type though it was 35 years ago I had one. I envy you.

Not sure why you should be having trouble unless you have a bad film. Have you tried more than one film?

If the film cassette has dropped in properly and is laying flat, the film rewind has to be raised, I think, to allow that and the sprocket holes in the film are properly engaged with the sprockets and the free end of the film engaged onto the film wind-on reel then everything should be well below the door aperture.

I would wind on maybe a frame and fire the shutter prior to closing the film door just to observe everything moving as it should and then close the door.
The last quarter inch the door must be closed against the pressure of a spring but if the little spring-loaded device behind the door which is intended to keep the film perfectly flat against the camera body is working correctly only a light pressure will be needed to compress those springs and close the door.
Perhaps something is wrong there?

I don't remember any problems closing the film door.
I hope this helps but if it doesn't please come back again and describe your actions and the feel of the door more fully.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Feb 05, 2015


Pull the dial round button up

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on May 04, 2013


Any Pentax K-mount lens will fit any Pentax DSLR. The DSLR will fire the shutter.  There is a menu setting (RTFM) which allows the use of older lenses, but you will lose some of the automation (again RTFM). Remember to allow that the effective focal length when using a "film" lens on a DSLR body goes up by 50%.
A standard 50mm lens becomes a 75mm equivalent, but stays a large aperture.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Jan 21, 2013


Push the lever on the front of the camera counterclockwise until it stops. To start the self-timer, push up slightly on the lever.

If you need a manual, you may download a copy from here.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Jul 29, 2012


oh dear,, the internal mirror is stuck in the up posishion blanking out the vuew finder, take the lens off and very gently pull it back down with your finger,,, warning be gently with it and dont tuch the mirror at all if you can help it they can stick up but i gess its time it was serviced, if this happens with a film in it so long as the shutter is closed you can still pull it back down without messing up the photo

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Apr 20, 2012


Unless you have experience repairing cameras, this is not a DIY fix. Take your camera to a reputable camera shop and have a trained professional look at it.

Pentax ME Super... | Answered on Feb 03, 2012

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