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Shutter does not work..could it be the battery

I have a pentax me super 35mm camera.the shutter does not work,,could it be the battery

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Yes, it could. Try to shoot with 125x-mode to check if the shutter works on manual. If there are no lights coming up in the metering pillar it is very probable that hte batteries are gone.

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Pentax me super shutter won't open. won't wind, wont take a picture :(


Have you not used it in a while?

This could be one of two issues:

One, it could be the battteries. The ME super is not a fully mechanical camera like the mx, if the batteries are depleted then the shutter sticks open as it does not know how long to stay open. Turning the selection wheel to 125X usually unsticks it.

Two, the lubricant that pentax used in the 70's and 80's has a very bad tendecy to polymerise and turn sticky and solid. This turns the camera inoperable. Pentax repair service routinely provide cleaning for affected cameras.

Hope this helps, its a great camera

Jan 12, 2011 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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My shutter wont fire? I have new batterys good film and everything it just wont work the light meeter works though?


If you can wind the film there is a problem with the shutter release. Take it to the shop to be checked and/or repaired. There's practically nothing you can do yourself (unless you're a camera mechanic).

Nov 17, 2009 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax ME Super Shutter and Rapid Wind Button won't release


Common fault due to perished rubber parts. Can be usually be repaired, but do not try to force the camera, that may cause damage which can not.

Go to http:/www.mypentax.com for information on how to service this yourself. The author can also advise by mail, and can service these cameras too.

Nov 23, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax ME Super Seems to alway be in bulb mode.


Hello igby Slocumb,   As I recall, this was Pentax's way of mating electronics with mechanical cameras and the success rate was quite good. The only problem with the Pentax Super Program was the rather complex electronic circuit board. Your canera could have bad batteries, or batteries with too low amperage therefore no electronic shutter, have a short in the wiring, etc. You would need to do a shutter circuit check using a benchtop AC/DC power supply to exclude the batteries. Wow - really expensive and time-consuming = complete stripdown and repair. The camera is over approximately 30 years old making it a classic. It is no longer in production meaning parts need to be cannabalized from another old non-working Pentax Super Program. The cost of repair would exceed the value of the camera. Look for another good used model or move on to a Pentax DSLR (digital SLR) camera as your tool. Sorry I couldn't give you a better answer on how to fix your problem.

Jul 03, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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SHUTTER HESITATION


May be the problem is with the lens. Put a maximum aperture say f 22 then press the shutter, if the leaves of the diaphragm shuts and opens fast ten your lens is OK
.If there is any oily appearance between the leaves of the diaphragm then it should be cleaned.

Mar 13, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Pentax Super ME


Yes, the ME super has an electronic shutter that works in conjunction with the LEDs. Purchase some fresh S76 button cells, A76 will work, but the will not last as long. Make sure the battery cover is corrosion free and install the batteries so both cells face positive toward the cover.

Jan 17, 2008 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Light meter failure and shutter button sticking


Set your camera to B and release the shutter ( camera will work in this mode without batteries ) if you can wind ok and release shutter fine then all you need is new batteries. If however your camera is not working when set to B then it is either the shutter or the transport mechanism that need looking at. From experience ( have repaired 100s of Me-supers ) it is likely that your shutter needs attention : rubber components ( and foam rubber ) inside the shutter ( and the mirror box locking mechanism especially ) have perished and need replacing.

Sep 21, 2007 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Film advance lever


Your camera is cocked but since the shutter is not working you cannot release it and hence your film advance mechanism does not work. ME-super will work without batteries in full manual mode so set your shutter to B and try to release it. If the shutter will not release in B mode then the shutter/mirror box will need servicing : rubber components in the mirror box mechanism have perished and need replacing. After that your camera will be fine for another couple of years.

Sep 18, 2007 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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Major Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera Problem!!!


The mirror box control mechanism needs servicing ( rubber parts have perished and are gumming up the workings of the mirror mechanism so shutter is not workingrking) . Unfortunatelly this requires complete strip down and so should be done professionally.

Aug 21, 2007 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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