Question about Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

2 Answers

Film not exposing.

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.

Posted by on


2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 58 Answers

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:/ 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

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 8 Answers

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


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

What type of film use a pentax iqzoom 145m camera?

It uses the common 35mm film (also known as 135), DX-coded with ISO from 25 to 3200.

If you need a manual, you may view one at Pentax 145M Super User Manual

May 19, 2014 | Polaroid 600 Film Camera

1 Answer

Pentax ME super advance film doesn't get caught

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.

Aug 19, 2017 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Mirror is locked open

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.

Feb 03, 2012 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

On the Pentax ME super, i bought it from a friend and on the bottom there is a pin that i think is the shutter release or something. it wont pop out, How do i fix this?

The button you refer to is not the shutter release, instead it's used to disconnect the film advance mechanism to enable a used film to be rewound and so is called the film rewind button. Unlike later models, it is just a mechanical release, it does not actually rewind the film.

Usually, it will pop back out again if you operate the film advance lever, but your camera is now around thirty years old so it's highly likely that the internal lubricant films have dried out and gummed up the works.

Repair is not really a DIY option unless you are prepared to risk failure and ruining your camera in return for gaining experience. Professional repairers can carry out a CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) but the cost is more than your camera is worth in purely financial terms. They will also usually recommend a one-off additional fee for replacing the foam light seals and mirror buffer if it's not been done already as the original foam was unstable and will have either turned to corrosive black goo or gone further and dried out and fallen away.

If your camera is in good condition, then a CLA and seal replacement will give you a camera which is a joy to use and which has a huge range of high quality lenses available for free or very cheaply. It can produce results which still beat most digital cameras, especially if you scan the film after it has been developed. On that basis, although repairs make no economic sense, they are a cheap way to get a superb functional and useful camera. before investing in such repairs though, make sure that the two buttons on top of the camera which alter the shutter speed are working correctly. If they aren't, then the camera needs a new flexi circuit board and it's very difficult to replace and spares are almost non-existent. In that condition, your camera is best sold as a spares donor to keep other ME Supers going. Millions were sold, and although still popular they are easy to find in good condition for free (via FreeCycle, or asking friends, colleagues and family) or very cheaply via online resources and traditional used camera shops.

If you repair it yourself, then you basically need to strip it down, clean out all the old gummed up lubricants and replace them with fresh lube of the correct type. It's more difficult than it sounds with an ME Super as there are also a lot of soldered joints, and so if you wish to gain repair experience it's not a good model to begin with. Online repair manuals are available for free from many sources, just enter "ME Super repair manual" in your search box.

Jul 27, 2011 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Pentax ME wider II problem

It should stop advancing the film when the camera counter is on #1 exposure with or without film.

Dec 08, 2009 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Pentax SF10 Camera -- double exposure

If you press the film release button like you are going to rewind exposed film you may be able to activate the film advance lever to cock the camera so you can take another picture, and the film should stay on the first exposure allowing you to re - expose it. I would underexpose each image 1 F stop are exposing the same film twice. Double exposures are always an iffy proposition and anything can happen. After the second exposure cocking the film advance should allow the film to advance once again. You might test this on the final pictures on a roll in case the camera won't start advancing the film after you try it. This way you won't blow a whole roll worth of pictures testing it.

Apr 12, 2009 | Pentax PZ-70 QD 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

Film won't advance

Pentax ME Super was one of my favorite camera, small and clean shutter release. But it has been about 25 years since it was manufactured. They happen to use rubber break within shutter unit and as any rubbers, it started to deteriorate and melt between the shutter-blades. This prevents the complete cycle of the shutter and jams the winding. You may be able to unjam the winding but eventually you have to overhaul the shutter unit. Overhaul charge is around $100 in US repair market. -James

Mar 31, 2009 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

1 Answer

What film? Where from?

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

Pentax > ME Super


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


Please take a moment to rate this solution & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!


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

1 Answer

Pentax ME slr (old hand film wind )

the film might not have been catching onto the wheel it has happend to me befor

Oct 05, 2007 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera Logo

234 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Pentax Photography Experts


Level 3 Expert

538 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

17735 Answers

Geoff Hone

Level 2 Expert

71 Answers

Are you a Pentax Photography Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides