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Pentax ME SuperProgram shutter button doesn't release shutter

My niece is starting a photography course and I was going to loan her my camera which has been kept unused for years in a nylon bag in a closet. I can't find the manual and I cocked the shutter arm to see if there was any film loaded and regardless of which position I set the dial settings, the shutter button was not tripping. I opened the camera and there was no film inside. I manually moved the takeup spool and tried again but no change. I pressed the rewind release button on the bottom of the case but that didn't help and now that button remains in a depressed state. It's been a while and the battery(s) may be dead. Could this be the problem? Is the shutter on this model not mechanically tripped. I also tried setting it to 125X, vaguely recalling something about when the batteries are dead you can still take pictures that way, but no good. Are there batteries under the hand grip as well as the meter battery on the bottom of the case? This was my 3rd Pentax SLR and I never had any problems with my original SpotMatic, or the Me Super. I can't find a copy of the manual at Pentax.com to see about the battery(s). Thanks

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  • russw Aug 27, 2007

    Thanks for your information and the link (although the pdf doesn't load, however he does have a zip of jpg page scans).

    To be clear, I'm having this problem issue with both a Pentax Super Program and a ME Super. I put new batteries in the Me Super and the light meter LED's were working. I then tries advancing the film crank and it stopped as I had already wound it before (again with no film in the camera) and NOW it won't click the shutter.

    Note it was just cranking and cranking without coming to a stop before this. I manually moved the mirror pin to check the mirror movement and now it stays in the open position and won't return to it's normal position for viewing through the viewfinder. I vaguely remember having done this before long long ago but I don't have a good light to see the mechanism clearly.

    So, now both cameras won't "click" the shutter regardless of the shutter setting. As I originally mentioned, I haven't used these cameras since the late 80's. Do they just go to xxxx with non-use? I just "dug out" my original SpotMatic and hopefully it will work if I can find a 1.35v battery. I remember it used a cloth shutter.

    Suggestion welcome and thanks

  • russw Aug 27, 2007

    Why does this come up as a solved problem now. I didn't click a wrong button did I when posting??

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    Shutter does not cock on advancing the film. Fitted fresh batteries. Tried all shutter speeds and aperatures.

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It is possible that the mirror is stuck in th "up" position. You should be able to fire the shutter as you say on the 125x setting with no batteries. You can download the manual from the link below: http://mcfaddenphoto.com/camera_manuals/pdf/ME_Super.pdf Please update the question & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

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