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My led's are not coming on at all on my Pentax ME Super.

My light meter LED's suddenly stopped working. I replaced the batteries but still nothing in manual, auto or anything... any ideas???

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Re: My led's are not coming on at all on my Pentax ME...

Easy solution : remove battery cover and clean inside the battery chamber AND the battery cap/cover itself ( use pencil erasor or anything slightly abrasive )
More demanding solution : remove top cover and locate red wire on the left hand side of the circuit board ( impossible to miss; the wire brings power from battery chamber to the main board ) and resolder ( dry joint ) . You should also actually measure whether you are getting 3V through this wire ( one connection to the contact and the other to the body of the camera ). If you are still not getting anything out from the battery chamber the red wire needs replacing.

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Re: My led's are not coming on at all on my Pentax ME...

There are several problems under this post. Not all are the same.

The posters problem is most likely due to the contacts which turn the metering circuit on. These need re-adjusting. Theres' a screw an a cam inside.

To leans how to dismantle the camera to access this part there is a camera repair website which deals with these cameras in detail. The author also can service these cameras at a very competetive price.

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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

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Exposure needle not working

clean the battery cover and contact with a pencil eraser making sure the cap threads are also clean.
this is a fairly expensive repair if the meter or circuit board needs replacing ( no new parts are available ).
if the meter still does not work, and the K1000 is in good working order buy a inexpensive hand held light meter.

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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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Light meter

Yes, the Pentax ME Super has a built-in light meter. It is used by the ME Super in order to determine the correct exposure settings when the camera is used in the "A" (Autoexposure) & "AV" (Aperture-priority) exposure modes.

I don't mean to insult you, but have you tried new batteries?

Sometimes the meter fails when the batteries don't have enough juice.

Take care & Happy Imaging!

May 17, 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.

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I just bought some batteries for will get it in any photo or camera store

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

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My Pentax Camera Light Meter is not registering changes made to the Aperture Ring.

Take lens off to check the lens/light-meter coupler situated inside the lens mount at the top part of the mount at 'one o'clock' . First see if it moves freely ,clock wise. Then -with the lens off- look through the view finder while you activate the coupler : moving it should make the l.meter lights move up and down.
If you are not getting any joy the connection between the coupler and the board needs re-soldering ( dry joints ) : remove top cover and resolder two blue wires on left hand side of the board . This should do the trick.

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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.

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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.

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