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ME SUPER MY SHUTTER IS CLOSED BUT HE MIRROR IS LOCKED UP. BATTERIES ARE NEW

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  • macopolo Jan 18, 2008

    yes I took off the bottom plate and reset

  • macopolo Jan 18, 2008

    the shutter is closed and the mirror down but I do not think it is working 100%

  • macopolo Jan 18, 2008

    when I take a picture it locks up

  • macopolo Jan 18, 2008

    how?

  • macopolo Jan 18, 2008

    How?

  • macopolo Jan 18, 2008

    THANKS!

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    do you have access to a small cross point screwdriver?

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Excellent, I was going to explain how to do that, but you've beaten me to it. Well Done

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit Jan 18, 2008

    On the older SLR's, the foam they used for light seals will tend to age poorly and fail away and get into the shutter blades. There may be some goo in the shutter. I have fixed this problem in the past without taking anything apart.

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    Kevin Pettit Jan 18, 2008

    Okay, 1st double check the batteries by making sure the postive side of both cells are facing the battery cap. You are getting LED lights in the view finder?

    The process to clean the shutter involves using lighter fluid and canned air or a compressor. I typically remove the film door and by using small amounts of the fluid to wet the blades and then fire the shutter a couple of times. Dry them with the air and repeat till not discoloured areas remain. This could take a 1/2 hr or more. You never use very much fluid and I hold the mirror up with a finger while blowing lightly on the shutter blades with the air

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Pentax me super mirror in up position


If the batteries are flat or missing you wont get LED's to light up and it will set itself to 125 naturally. I know as I have tried it. It could be that the shutter has got stuck on its way down and it is preventing the mirror from coming down as a result this is a mechanical issue, not battery related. The best way I found to release the mirror was to gently, really gently stroke the shutter nearest to the film down towards the groove it goes home in. Recommend a cotton budd so you don't damage the shutter leaves or get grease from your fingers on the movement. This should release the mirror. The next thing to do is try preventing the shutter getting stuck again by removing the bottom plate which will allow you access to the cogs for the shutter. it is tight in there and it is recommended by some that you remove some of the movement to see and clean them up. I did this but it is tricky and it involves winding on the camera and rocking parts out with itself. Not easy to do. The shutter cogs are brass (or look like it) and they may have old oil stuck inbetween the teeth which needs cleaning out with a tooth pick and then lubricate but not with WD40 which gets sticky with age. Use a cotton budd again with the lubricant on so you don't affect other sensitive parts around this section. Alternatively send the camera for a good service. I just had mine done, got it sorted with a warranty for 12 months to and cost me just £45. They cleaned everything up, new light seals and sorted issues common to this model of camera. The photos are instantly back to their best. Compare a good service to a series of wasted film with an inconsistent camera. Peace of mind too, it is worth it and so is the camera!

Mar 25, 2010 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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I have a ricoh kr5 and when i take picture the mirror does not come back down and the shutter will not open


The batteries need replacing. Winding the film and setting the shutter is mechanical on your camera, but releasing the shutter is done electronically. Dead batteries cause mirror lock-up.

Dec 02, 2009 | Ricoh KR-5 SUPER II 35mm SLR Camera

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Is my ME Super toast?


It doesn't need batteries to shoot. You can use it on manual without batteries, but the exposure meter won't work (if you know what you're doing you can go by). But the stuck mirror should be fixed. It could be just plain dirty/rusty/bent etc.
The advance lever might be gone since it won't 'click'. A professional shop can fix it, but the one you tried doesn't sound very professional...

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Pentax ME Super: Mirror sticks in DOWN Position


The shutter & mirror is in need of a CLA. Clean, Lube & Ajustment. Its well needed for any camera when they are 20 years old and older

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Shutter stays closed on bronica 645 etr medium format


Have the electronic shutter checked by a repair shop. Sounds like your Seiko electronic shutter has died or there's a short somewhere between shutter and lens. Hope this helps.
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Mamiya 645 Super mirror locked in open position


My mirror somehow got stuck open too, I removed the power winder and grasped the pins in the middle of the silver wheel underneath used to wind the camera. Turn this clockwise until it stops and shutter is completely closed. Test fire camera after. If it doesn't work make sure you wound it all the way.
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Nikon FG shutter


By "stayed up", do you mean that the mirror remained in the up position so that you could not see anything in the viewfinder or do you mean that the shutter actually remained open? I do not remember the exact features on your camera, but in general, this is what I would do.

1) Remove the film from the camera and take a picture. Note if you see anything in the viewfinder. If you see nothing, the mirror is in the up position. Verify this by removing the lens and opening the door on the camera back. Look through the lens hole. If you can see through the rectangular hole at the film plane, the shutter is open. If instead you something is obstructing the hole, the shutter is closed. In any case DO NOT TOUCH THE SHUTTER! The shutter is what is covering the hole.

2) If the mirror is in the up position, check to see if your camera has a feature that allows locking the mirror in the up position. Some cameras have this feature to allow use of lenses with very short focal lengths. If this is the case, simply unlock the mirror.

3) If the shutter is the problem, your shutter speed may be set to "T", which stands for time. In the time exposure mode, you press the shutter release once to open the shutter and a second time to close the shutter. Cameras with a "T" setting also have a "B" setting, which stands for bulb. This is a throwback to the old days when it was common to use air-powered shutter releases rather then cable releases. The bulb was a rubber bulb that you squeezed to force air through a tube and push a pin to activate the shutter. The "B" setting keeps the shutter open as long as you hold the shutter release in, but as soon as you take your finger off the shutter release, the shutter closes. Both of these settings are used to make timed exposures. If you find that the problem was that the shutter was set to "T", set the shutter speed to 1/25th second or so and try again. The following sequence should occur; the mirror will flip up and the viewfinder image will disappear, the shutter will open for the prescribed time and close, the mirror will return to the down position and you will again see through the viewfinder.

If this does not work, you may need to take it in for repair.

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Sears ks super camera.


You'll have to remove the bottom cover. Either the mirror box or the shutter are stuck. re-cocking it is possible by moving the wind stop clear of the bottom portion of the film advance shaft.

Aug 20, 2008 | Ricoh KR-5 SUPER II 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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