Question about Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera
I bought a pentax me super from an antique store. Perfect condition. I have no experience what so ever with these cameras. But Ioaded a new roll in and shot it. Went to develop them and they told me the roll is blank. So I thought I let light in the back when loading. Put another roll in more carefully and got the same results. I don't want to get rid of this camera I've always wanted one and finally got it and it doesn't work. Anyone know what the problem is?
Also I have the camera set on Auto, using 400speed film.(fujifilm). 1x. ASA set on 400.
Sounds like the shutter is not operating properly.
You can test for shutter operation without film by setting a low shutter speed. (M on the dial and use the UP DOWN buttons to select the speed.)
If you set it to say 4 seconds then pressing the shutter button will open the shutter, and flip the mirror up. After four seconds it will click again as the shutter closes.
Usually the shutter will fire at 1/2000th second if there is an electrical problem, and this will look like a blank film if the actual exposure should have been 1/60th or so. The shutter may not even be charging though, and there is only a small number of scenarios in whuich this can occur and the film still wind-on.
However, please bear in mind, that this camera will still wind and fire without batteries!
Go to http:/www.mypentax.com for information on camera repair and how to service this yourself. The author can also advise by mail, and can service these cameras too.
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Ok, well are you using a lens that is compatible with the auto setting? Are the batteries new and fresh in the camera? If you are not sure about the lens, then what you can do is too look at the inside of the box of the film you are using (Kodak) has a setting and exposure guide printed on the box. Try using the required exposure for the light that you are in... say for bright sun try f 16 at 1/125th of a second. That setting is for Kodak Royal Gold 100. That is right off the Kodak exposure guide, which you can find on the web here
I'd stick to Kodak film if possible. Try that out, and if no dice, then take the camera to a repair shop and have it looked over. good luck!
Posted on Dec 20, 2008
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