I have a pentax ME super and the light meter isn't showing up? I recently went to Ritz or wolf camera or whatever and they put in new batteries because it didn't have any since my grandpa gave it to me. I don't know what to do.
Any Ideas on what I could to?
Please and thank you!!
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Re: Light meter not showing up
The little switch which activates the meter is commonly at fault here. There is an adjustment for this inside the camera, and it is just possible to do this yourself.
To learn how to fix probelms with this camera there is a camera repair site where an ME Super is dismantled step by step. The site owner is happy to answer specific questions, and if you do not wish to attempt the repair yourself offers a very competetive repair service for these cameras. Contact him if you want an estimate.
Have the old batteries leaked and left acid corrosion on the battery teminals?
Firstly i would clean the battery termainals in the camera (remove the battery lid and batteries and with a small screw driver gentally scrap the battery connection in the body) then make sure you refit the batteries correctly. if this still has not rectified you issue the camera will need to be repaired.
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there are three different possibilities. remove three screws, take off bottom cover. remove three screws of battery holder, lift to see if the battery wire has corroded or broken off. solve by extending wire and resoldering. the next involves removing the top cover to see if the meter coil is dead,if this is the case it needs to be replaced, or there is a broken lead somewhere. usually it is cause no. 1.
If the focus ring is not working then there is serious damage inside the lens. This cannot be repaired easily and must be taken in for repair.
As for the light meter, this is slightly more worrying as it is damage inside the body. It could be something as simple as the battery contact. But it could also be somehting more serious.
I would recommend taking it for repair.
If repair turns out to be too expensive I suggest you have a look on ebay. Pentax cameras are available with a wide range of prices and so are compatible lenses. A good upgrade would be a Pentax MX or even an LX if you can afford it. The ME super is also an excellent model if you want soemthing simpler.
It almost certainly is due to sticky dried-out lubricant inside the camera. If the camera has never been serviced then it's been drying out since at least 1984 when Pentax ceased production of the ME Super.
It probably just needs a professional CLA service (Clean Lubricate Adjust) which will then keep it going for a few more years. It's also worth paying a one-off fee to have the foam light seals replaced as they will be on the way to becoming a corrosive black goo by now.
Although most 35mm SLR cameras are near worthless, a recently serviced and foam replaced ME Super will definitely be worth reasonable money. Still not quite as much as you'll have spenton servicing though so only get the servicing done if you intend to use the camera for at least a year to get your money's worth.
DO NOT try to take a cheap shortcut by squirting WD40 inside. You'll instantly ruin your camera.
First, check that you've inserted the batteries the correct way up. the positive terminals face down as you hold the camera inverted. Also check that the camera's battery terminals are bright and clean.
With the batteries inserted and the battery cover in place, set the camera mode selector to Auto or M (manual) and lightly press the shutter whilst looking into the viewfinder. If the batteries are good one of the LED's from 4s to 2000 will light steadily. If they don't then you have a faulty camera and ME Supers are not easy to fix and the electronic parts which usually let them down are very hard to obtain. It's perhaps forgiveable when you think that these cameras are nearly 30 years old now... Not really a problem though as there were so many sold that it's usually fairly easy to obtain another for free (good old FreeCycle and Freegle) or very cheap, but a bit more difficult to find one which still works correctly in all respects.
The ME Super is very limited without batteries as the light meter won't work. By setting the mode selector dial to 125X you get the single mechanical shutter speed of 1/125 of a second.
If you want a free download of the user manual, it's in two parts as a pdf file on the Norman Butkus website
clean the battery cap and contacts with a pencil eraser including the cap threads. rotate the select knobs a few times to clean the internal contacts.
there are no new parts available for this model Pentax, so any repairs with good used parts could be expensive.
clean the battery cover and contact with a pencil eraser making sure the cap threads are also clean.
this is a fairly expensive repair if the meter or circuit board needs replacing ( no new parts are available ).
if the meter still does not work, and the K1000 is in good working order buy a inexpensive hand held light meter.
It doesn't need batteries to shoot. You can use it on manual without batteries, but the exposure meter won't work (if you know what you're doing you can go by). But the stuck mirror should be fixed. It could be just plain dirty/rusty/bent etc. The advance lever might be gone since it won't 'click'. A professional shop can fix it, but the one you tried doesn't sound very professional...
Yes, the Pentax ME Super has a built-in light meter. It is used by the ME Super in order to determine the correct exposure settings when the camera is used in the "A" (Autoexposure) & "AV" (Aperture-priority) exposure modes.
I don't mean to insult you, but have you tried new batteries?
Sometimes the meter fails when the batteries don't have enough juice.
Take lens off to check the lens/light-meter coupler situated inside the lens mount at the top part of the mount at 'one o'clock' . First see if it moves freely ,clock wise. Then -with the lens off- look through the view finder while you activate the coupler : moving it should make the l.meter lights move up and down. If you are not getting any joy the connection between the coupler and the board needs re-soldering ( dry joints ) : remove top cover and resolder two blue wires on left hand side of the board . This should do the trick.
Set your camera to B and release the shutter ( camera will work in this mode without batteries ) if you can wind ok and release shutter fine then all you need is new batteries.
If however your camera is not working when set to B then it is either the shutter or the transport mechanism that need looking at.
From experience ( have repaired 100s of Me-supers ) it is likely that your shutter needs attention : rubber components ( and foam rubber ) inside the shutter ( and the mirror box locking mechanism especially ) have perished and need replacing.