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How to replace back ''door'' on Pentax ME super

I have a pentax me super which has given me trouble with light leakage from the back cover door for ages (I have been holding it tightly closed with gaffer tape for years!) This is despite having been "repaired" several years back. Long story short I bought another body and want to exchange the door unit so that my old camera has the door from the one I purchased. Is this possible? Would I need any special tools?
Thanks, Cara

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  • caragreg Nov 24, 2008

    Wow! That was easy :o) Hopefully the "new" film door will fix the problem of the light leak. Thanks so much for you help!

    Cara


  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    Any clue how to replace Pentax K1000 back door? There is nothing about it even in the Service Manual. Thanks.

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No, you won't. Open the back and look at the hinge of the film door. There is a small screw near the top that sticks out. push it down with your finger to release the upper door pin. Your light leak is likely coming from that area too. A bad seal on the hinge is the usual suspect.

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Go to eBay. Look-up sales from user 'interslice' buy the camera light seal kit.

Alternatively contact 'alchmicphoto' who will fit new seals for you. (Check the eBay classified under 'local services'.)

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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I have a Pentax ME super and the film door will close when there is no film but when i load it with film its not closing properly?


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.

Feb 04, 2015 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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I would like to buy spares for pentax me super camera


Please state which specific parts you require.

In reality, almost no spare parts are available and all that you can get are either NOS (New, Old Stock) or second-hand parts from dismantled bodies which are usually available at camera fairs or on some auction websites. Long established camera repair shops may also have them gathering dust at the back of their shelves, although most such shops have a regular clear out of old parts once the demand for professional repairs for any given model has ceased. The ME Super ceased production in 1984 so remaining examples are generally completely uneconomic to repair professionally.

No new spares are available other than minor generic items such as screws, straps, covers and caps and most of those will not be Pentax originals.

As the cameras are still plentiful and many were hardly ever used it's still usually easier and cheaper to replace a broken ME Super with a complete working second-hand replacement, although it's wise to immediately send such cameras for a professional CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) as years of infrequent or even non-use will have caused internal lubricant films to dry out and they can rapidly turn a working camera into a scrap item. It's usual when you do this to pay extra to have the foam light seals replaced as well as they degrade into a corrosive sticky goo. Once serviced, your camera should be good for many more years but if you use it heavily then consider getting a CLA done every year or two.

May 20, 2010 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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I just fixed a me super but the frame counter doesn t reset when the 36st is reached or when I attempt to open the camera. HOW DO I RESET IT without openning it?


By opening, do you mean the back cover or the top cover?
after rewinding the film opening the back door will reset the counter. if it does not reset, try firing the shutter with the back door opened a few times. this counter is mostly plastic.
with the back door opened try taping the top cover over the counter to free the counter gear.
if it still wont reset the top cover will have to be removed and the counter repaired.
there are no new parts available for this model Pentax so a good used counter could be expensive.
if you take the top cover off, usually the pointer plate on the right side of the counter is rubbing on the counter preventing it from resetting.

Oct 15, 2009 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax ME Super Shutter and Rapid Wind Button...


anmolag,

it could be the rubber bumper next to the fresnel lens has become sticky. very gently ( after removing lens ) try to bring mirror down without forcing it. it should release easily.
if not, rotate the select knob off auto. open film door and check that the shutter is fully deployed, shutters should not be overlapping.
remove screws from bottom cover and remove cover, keep camera up side down so that re-wind button stays put. there is a locking lever under the take up spool ( gray ) . with a pin move lever toward film door and bring advance lever fully to the right , then let it go so it returns quickly.
the shutter should have fired. if not the camera will need to be repaired. get an estimate first as there are no new parts available.

Dec 24, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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What film? Where from?


Hi - You can download the manual by clicking the link underlined in blue below:

Pentax > ME Super

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Camera takes a standard 32mm roll film available at any high street shop:

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Sep 06, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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How do i open it?


pull up on the round button on the left..

Jun 27, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Hi could you answer a question for me about the pentax mv


The Pentax MV has a similar body and uses the same lenses as the Pentax ME Super, but it is a fully "Auto Exposure" camera. It does not have manual override or shutter-priority modes. It is a good camera to take pictures, but not if you want to have full manual / creative control over the camera.

Take care & Happy Imaging!
Glen
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Jun 18, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax Super ME


Yes, the ME super has an electronic shutter that works in conjunction with the LEDs. Purchase some fresh S76 button cells, A76 will work, but the will not last as long. Make sure the battery cover is corrosion free and install the batteries so both cells face positive toward the cover.

Jan 17, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR


Did you Google it? I did and found it on the 1st page. Try it and I bet you find it. Good Luck.
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Jan 08, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax ME


A simple fix might be to borrow a page from movie cameramen. Tape it shut with some black hockey tape. I was considering doing this eventhough my ME Super works fine. If you think that looks too getto, then it sounds like a service repair shop is the other answer.

May 02, 2007 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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