Question about Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera
The first thing you need to ensure that the battery chamber and contacts are clean and not corroded, if so then the next step is to try is a replacement battery. But if that fails the camera is going to need to be replaced or to be professionally repaired. Don't use Jessops for this as you'll just be paying a middle-man. Unfortunately, many repairers won't touch your thirty year old camera with a bargepole: the ME Super is VERY labour intensive to dismantle due to so many soldered joints and many of the parts are simply unavailable now, especially the electronic ones such as the flexible pcb assembly which is is the next most likely culprit after the battery. Even if the repair is successful, there's a very high chance of your camera failing soon after repair so the repairer runs the risk of a return for additional unpaid work during which they may discover an entirely unrelated fault that many owners will not agree to pay for. If your ME Super is faulty, then the most realistic and cost-effective option is to sell it for spares or repairs and to obtain a replacement. If you do this, sell the lenses separately. It's not all doom and gloom: many 35mm SLR's now either sell for peanuts or are given away free. Except for collectable models, most are virtually worthless, especially the cheaply-made plastic bodied later AF models. Early 1980's SLR's will all be potential liabilities and will either work or not; most will require at least an investment in silver oxide batteries and a roll or two of film (preferably slide) just to check that they are functional and exposing correctly. Many will have been designed for use with mercuric oxide batteries which are no longer available, so will need silver oxide equivalents and either exposure compensation, a voltage-reducing adaptor, or a meter recalibration as silver oxides have a higher voltage. Lithium cells are far cheaper but unsuitable due to unstable voltage output. Unless recently serviced, all will be needing replacement foam light seals and mirror buffers and a general CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust). As with yours, if actual repairs are needed then few repairers will touch them unless they are professional grade models or unless it's something really simple and easy for them to fix such as sticky shutter magnets. There are a few independent camera repairers offering fixed price CLA and foam replacement on eBay, just enter the model number you're interested in followed by the word "service". Good, fully-functional, ME Super examples are somewhat collectable but prices remain low unless the camera is very good and has a service history. But such examples are like hen's teeth or fresh **** ****. Comparable models such as the Olympus OM2n (aperture priority and fully metered manual exposure, really lovely to use) are widely available and many have lasted very well, but you'd need to sell your current lenses and replace them. Best of all, many late AF auto-everything consumer-grade SLR's from the turn of the century such as the Nikon F75 and Canon EOS500 are even more widely available, often with their kit lenses, and I've yet to pay for a single one. They are pretty much totally uneconomic to repair and buyers are scared off by potentially shonky electronics and the (incorrect) perception of poor build quality and so I've obtained a few such models via my local FreeCycle and Freegle groups. Some have been perfect, boxed and only used for a single holiday, others have been a bit scratched but perfectly functional other than either a duff body or a duff lens, but mixing and matching results in a win. Pentax are not big sellers compared to Canon and Nikon so you'll be lucky to replace your with another, and when they are available they get snapped up quickly due to their scarcity and the fact that virtually all K and KA lenses will fit current Pentax Digital bodies. Prospects for you ME Super may be bleak, but at least I hope that I've given you a few realistic options at minimal financial outlay. Please take a moment to rate my reply.
Posted on Sep 08, 2010
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