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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Re: How to replace back ''door'' on Pentax ME super
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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Unless it can be glued back together you are in trouble. The company may sell parts but doubt it. I have not had much luck tryong to get parts like that. Battery doors break often an they just say no replacement. Contact Pentax about it not a camera store unless you plan on them installing the door. Good luck on this one.
SMCP- means: Super MultiCoated Pentax (a term that refers to the anti-relctive coatings that Pentax has been using on its lenses for years
F-means it is a lens designed to cover the larger area required of a lens for Film camera use versus the smaller sensor of the Digital SLRs Pentax also makes. Pentax also makes DA lenses , which will only work with their digital SLRs.
A- means it will work in fully automatic mode on cameras that have the ability to set shutter speed and F-stop automatically (most modern Pentaxes) It should also be noted that all DA and FA pentax lenses have a modified version of the original Pentax K lens mount, which replaced their first lens mount, the universal M42 used by so many early film SLR manufacurers- this concluded todays pentax lens history
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.