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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 to see about the battery(s). Thanks

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Re: Pentax ME SuperProgram shutter button doesn't release...

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: Please update the question & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

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