Hi im new to this but ill get to the point. my wifes camera, an old pentax super ME, for some reason wont take a picture. by that a mean everything works but when you got and have the film developed, its black. im trying to fix this for her birthday. i also just noticed that there are batteries that go into the bottom of it for the led screen. might this be the reason?? any help and advice is much appreciated. thanks.
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Re: 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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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.
In reality, almost no spare parts are available and all that you can get are either NOS (New, Old Stock) or second-hand parts from dismantled bodies which are usually available at camera fairs or on some auction websites. Long established camera repair shops may also have them gathering dust at the back of their shelves, although most such shops have a regular clear out of old parts once the demand for professional repairs for any given model has ceased. The ME Super ceased production in 1984 so remaining examples are generally completely uneconomic to repair professionally.
No new spares are available other than minor generic items such as screws, straps, covers and caps and most of those will not be Pentax originals.
As the cameras are still plentiful and many were hardly ever used it's
still usually easier and cheaper to replace a broken ME Super with a
complete working second-hand replacement, although it's wise to
immediately send such cameras for a professional CLA service (Clean,
Lubricate, Adjust) as years of infrequent or even non-use will have
caused internal lubricant films to dry out and they can rapidly turn a
working camera into a scrap item. It's usual when you do this to pay extra to have the foam light seals replaced as well as they degrade into a corrosive sticky goo. Once serviced, your camera should be good for many more years but if you use it heavily then consider getting a CLA done every year or two.
Hate to say it, but it's dead. My Pentax K100 D Super did the same thing. Took it to the local camera shop. They scratched their heads and sent the body to Pentax. The reply that came back was that the circuit board was completely fried and it would cost more to fix than it would to buy a new body.
I was out of luck because the warranty was out (had it a year and a half), but with yours being less than a year, you should be able to get a new body without having to shell out $$$.
The Pentax MV has a similar body and uses the same lenses as the Pentax ME Super, but it is a fully "Auto Exposure" camera. It does not have manual override or shutter-priority modes. It is a good camera to take pictures, but not if you want to have full manual / creative control over the camera.