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Daughter has been given camera it is in near new condition she

Took 30 pitchers and the e came on in the indicator bar how can she fix the problem is the camera broken ?

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Take out the film. It's rewinded and ready to be processed.
Put new film and it should work fine.

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Hi, I've been looking to buy a Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Film Camera off ebay. Here is a link to it - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pentax-ME-Super-35mm-SLR-Film-Camera-Vintage-/110740805140?...


From what you've given, it sounds like the shutter is fried, or the mechanism jammed - or both. If you're wanting to keep the camera, and use it, you'll need to contact a repair technician and have them take a look at it for a repair estimate - assuming it's able to be repaired. Estimates will run you around $35 most places, if there's no shop near you KEH Camera which has a website is quite good.

The same thing just happened to my Nikon FE, and my estimates have been ranging anywhere from $105-145 to get it fixed. So, if you're willing to invest $100-150 (or more) in repairs...peraonally I'd pass and spend a little more on a tested and working model, good sources are KEH Camera, Adorama, and B&H Photo, all have websites, and all sell tested and guaranteed used equipment. IT'll cost you a little more up front, but long run repairs will cost far more on an unknown condition ebay special. Not to mention ebay prices often exceed what dealers charge for the same items in working condition.

Sep 08, 2011 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Advance lever is stuck. I bought new film and a new battery for my canon ae-1, loaded the new film, and took two shots until the frame counter read 1. the next day I advanced the film and when i pressed...


Like all AE-1's and related models, your camera is gumming up inside as the internal lubricant films are at least 25 years old and are largely dried-out.

The fix is to get the camera to a repair specialist for a CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust). As a one-off extra cost also get the foam light seals and foam mirror buffer replaced as they'll either be absent by now or will still be turning to a sticky goo. Modern foam is is different material and is will not decay like the old stuff.

A CLA and foam replacement definitely costs more than the residual value of the camera, but they're solidly built and have plenty of cheap high quality lenses so can still achieve results which compare well to even the best modern pro dSLR's. Get the work done and your camera will probably last until 35mm film ceases to be available. Your camera will also withstand conditions which you'd never dare risk a dSLR in.

Jun 27, 2011 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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I purchased a used Nikon FA camera for my daughter to use in her photography class. None of the pictures came out during developing. Any ideas what the problem could be? I was only given a 7 day return...


If it's still within the 7 days take it back. The Nikon FA was a great camera but time and lack of use has probably caused the shutter to seize. To put this camera back into serviceable condition for any photography will require a clean, lubrication and adjustment by a qualified camera person. I'm in Canada and have cameras service fairly regularly older ones to have this type of work performed will cost about $120.00 Canadian. The instructor is probably asking for the students to have a manual camera to be able to learn from the ground up which to me is the best way but, these old cameras are failing just because the grease is drying out. There are still a lot of good used working camera out there I just bought a great Canon Elan 7Ne for $199.00 CDN and it's a 2005 model the last year of the Canon film cameras. I guess it depends on if you want to spend the money (and time) to get the FA repaired or step into something for a little more money that works properly right from the get go.

Jan 24, 2011 | Nikon FA 35mm SLR Camera

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Have a canon T70 camera I picked up off ebay. Loaded it with film and took a pic of my daughter. Aftrer i shoot the pic the camera did not rewind to the next frame i noticed the shutter locked up about...


Completely. The shutter is badly damaged and I'll be very surprised if your fix has permanently cured it, but fingers crossed... If not, there's only one fix. Chuck the camera away (spare shutter assemblies are nearly as rare as hens' teeth/fresh **** ****) and replace it. There are loads of T-series bodies and later Canon EOS triple digit/Rebel models available for free just by asking on FreeCycle and Freegle. Note that the lens mount used on the T-series is different to the Canon Autofocus mount used on later models. Also plenty of all the other makes as well. You may have to wait and to ask a few times, but it's where I still get the majority of my 35mm film camera equipment.

May 21, 2010 | Canon T70 35mm SLR Camera

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I have a pentax me super that was recently given to me, and i have replaced the batteries however there is no indication at all from leds. i am not sure if it is broken or if there is something i am...


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

Mar 15, 2010 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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My battery bars blink and make a sound every time i put batteries in it. it won't load the film. what's the problem?


A blinking battery bar indicates that the camera thinks the batteries are nearly discharged. If you're using fresh batteries, check and make sure that the battery contacts, both on the battery cover and down inside the camera are clean and shiny -- no corrosion. Clean them if necessary and try new batteries again. If you still have flashing battery bars, there may be something wrong in the internals.

Feb 05, 2010 | Canon T70 35mm SLR Camera

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New battery,still no power...


I used to work in a camera store and was confronted with this problem often. Try using an ink eraser to clean the contacts in the camera. Use an old style ink pen with one of those white erasers on the end. Easier to insert in the battery cavity.

Dec 25, 2008 | Nikon F3 35mm Film Camera

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Nikon FE shutter speeds problem


I don't know, but it's worth a try. I took mine to the camera store, because my shutter wouldn't even work anymore, even with fresh batteries in it. He again tried new batteries, and turned the shutter speed knob from Automatic all the way over to "B" for Bulb, and back to the Auto. Guess What! I haven't used the camera in 3-5 years because I thought it was broke and going to need factory repair. Well, this tricked worked for me. I was so thrilled, because my daughter wanted some double exposures and special filters shots for her wedding. Also the weight of the camera I couldn't handle anymore with a health problem, so I went to digital, but would love a Nikon good digital.
Good Luck!

May 13, 2008 | Nikon FE 35mm SLR Camera

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Flashing Err and E/Error Problem


You might want to check the position of the aperture ring on the lens. If it is not set at the highest number, ( IE smallest aperture, f22,f32 ), then the camera will display that error message

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