Question about Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera
The is due to soft plastic/rubber parts breaking up. They gum the works, and jam things generally. Getting the camera to release from the jammed condition is just unsticking a gummed up part, and it is likely that after a while unused it will bind again.
Also, as these parts get worse they break up and the debris can and often does get into the more delicate parts. When this happens they must be removed and the works cleaned up. Do not try and coax the camera into operation, if this happens this usually causes permanent damage to the works. (I know. I see plenty where this has happened.)
Go to my camera repair website to see how to fix the problem permanently.
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
Hello Gabe529, 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 winding system. 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 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.
Posted on Sep 27, 2008
I had a problem with my Pentax Super Program.
I took a picture and then wound up for the next shot and the camera wouldn't fire no matter what mode I switched it to.
I was able to get the camera to fire by removing the cap covering the winder connector (on the bottom of the camera, below the shaft for the winder) and "gently" tugging on the little lever that lines up with the two notches on the winder shaft.
The next time I didn't have film in the camera, I sat down and just kept winding and firing until it didn't get stuck anymore.
I am assuming that the problem I ran into is that I normally have a Pentax Winder ME II hooked up to this camera & I don't normally use the winder lever, so it got sticky maybe?
Anyway, I have now switched to using the camera without the winder to cut down on the size of the camera.
Hope this helps someone.
Take care & Happy Imaging!
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
Have you tried taking a picture on either the 125X or B mode?
If you are able to take a picture on the 125X or B mode, then it probably isn't the mechanical part of the camera, but the electronics. If so, try putting some fresh batteries in the camera.
If neither if these work, then the camera might be past its prime.
Take care & Happing Imaging!
Posted on Jul 26, 2008
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