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01-15-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Cannot open back!

I can't open the camera back of my MeSuper, i've attempted lifting the film rewind knob and the back hasn't popped open. I've even tried using force but unfortunately that hasn't worked either!

Help!

01-16-2011, 01:32 AM   #2
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If I had that problem I'd take it to the local (ish) repair man, but you might not have one. The chap I would go to does it himself, he doesn't send stuff away.
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It could be that you didn't lift the rewind knob far enough. Or it could be that the light seals have turned to mush and cemented the back shut.
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This is one of those things that is hard to help without actually being there. I had that happen with my MX many years ago and if memory serves me right, I just played around with it trying to relieve the tension until opened.
How long has it been sense you had it opened? If it has been a long time then Mike might have something there with the seals being mush. Maybe try squeezing back like you are trying to close it. If the latch has too much tension to let go, maybe that will free it.

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Have you tried kryptonite?

Bet Dr. Phil could get it to open up.
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Dr Phil would just use a sledge hammer. That would make good TV.

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Somebody should use a sledge hammer on Dr Phil... Doctor.....

To the OP.. Try pressing down on the back where it latches while pulling up on the rewind knob. Sounds like it's jammed shut (could be glued shut as Mike suggests).

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Dr. Phil - "Now, le' me see if ahh have this raht. You used uh ten pound sledge hammer.."
Original Poster - "No Dr. Phil. It was only a five pound sledge hammer."
Dr. Phil - "You used uh five pound sledgehammer, tuh op'nup a Me Super camera? How'd that work for ya?"

bcher just be careful not to bend the back. You have some good advice so
far from the previous posters but the camera back and hinges can be bent if you
try to pry it open. Then you risk light leakage.
Make sure you are pulling the winder out fully, press a bit in the middle of the back and finally try using your finger nails to pull on the opening.


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bcher,

It is summer in Australia is it not?

Put on the lens cap and place the camera in a sunny spot for an hour or so with the back facing the sun.

Then try to open it while it is still warm.

You might try every 15 minutes or so.

Mickey

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First, I would try to figure out if lifting the rewind knob is moving the latch. If the latch isn't moving, that is a difficult problem.

You can remove the bottom plate easily, just three screws. That at least allows you access to the bottom edge of the door, and a place to pry without cosmetic damage. On the MX I have in front of me, you can then see two screws holding the socket for the bottom hinge pin. Unfortunately, you can't get to the top hinge pin socket without removing the top plate, which is not too hard on the ME Super but still something I'd avoid.
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yay

Thanks for all the help and wise words everyone!
I fiddled around a bit, pressing and pushing like you guys had said - it was just stuck. iIshould really have more patience. Hadn't opened it for a couple of months and that was the issue most likely

As to Doctor Phil, I'm sure Judge Judy would be more efficient and effective. haha

Thanks again to all!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
First, I would try to figure out if lifting the rewind knob is moving the latch. If the latch isn't moving, that is a difficult problem.

You can remove the bottom plate easily, just three screws. That at least allows you access to the bottom edge of the door, and a place to pry without cosmetic damage. On the MX I have in front of me, you can then see two screws holding the socket for the bottom hinge pin. Unfortunately, you can't get to the top hinge pin socket without removing the top plate, which is not too hard on the ME Super but still something I'd avoid.
In the case of just needing to get a little more leverage on the back to pop it open, if there is no film in the camera you can take off the lens and open up the shutter on "B" (for those that have it), and use something to nudge against the pressure plate on the inside of the back. Have to be careful to use something that isn't going to scratch or mar the pressure plate, though. I wouldn't want to try this method, but it is an option. Also have to be very careful not to let the shutter go while you have something poked through there.
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