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Pentax ME Super Seems to alway be in bulb mode.

My ME worked fine for some time, but now whether in A, M, or 125x; the shutter remains open as long as the shutter release is depressed.

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There is an arm in the seiko shutter assembly used in this camera which selects auto, 1/125, and 'B' modes. It's a purely mechanical thing.

Something may (HAS!) have got into the shutter works and jammed it in this mode. You will have to open it up to see what this is.

It is quite likely that the offending something, is one of the synthetic rubber bumpers fitted to make the mirror a little quieter, or perhaps the spring that locks the winder into it's 'home' position has broken. The bumpers are all breaking now, and need to be removed. The springs break in some due to fatigue. (Not all though. The metal seems to be very variable in quality for this part.)

To see how to open the camera up for repair and how to do this properly there is a camera repair site which deal with this and other cameras in detail. alternatively you can contact the author who can offer a very competitive camera repair service for these models.

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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.

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