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04-20-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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Pentax ME-F dead - no power

Hey everyone, I found this forum via google while looking for a solution for the problem I encountered and thought this might be a good place to ask:

Recently I found my dad's old Pentax ME-F and I figured it would be nice to use it again. However, the leds in the viewfinder indicating the shutter speed (and making it possible to adjust the shutter speed with the buttons on top of the camera) didn't work. Thus I bought new batteries hoping this would solve the problem, but again, the camera seems totally dead.

The camera has always worked in the past, it has just not been used for a few years. I feel a clueless now and hopefully someone here can help me out!

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Are the battery contacts clean? One way to clean them is to rub them with a pencil eraser to clear off any residue. Were the old batteries still in the camera?
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Thanks Gabriel, I tried it out but sadly without any result. The old batteries were still in the camera but connectors look in good condition though.
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Forgive me, but do you have the batteries in the right way round, ie with the negative sides facing upward? And are they the right ones? A76 should work OK. If all that checks out and it still won't operate, try working the switch a few times. If I remember correctly there's Auto, 100 and B, so flick the switch between them several times to see if that cleans off any film that might have developed on the contacts inside. The contacts are very flimsy, so I wouldn't recommend taking it apart. (I did and wound up with a paper weight). If all else fails it shouldn't cost too much to fix if you feel you want to use the camera.

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Thanks for your reply Wombat, I tried it all but sadly no result. Seems like the camera gets no power at all.
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If you don't have a manual for reference, it says to pull out the rapid wind lever slightly (30 degrees) and slightly press the shutter release button.
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Thanks for the advice, it tried so but sadly no result again.
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User manual here if it helps, part one shows the orientation of the 4 batteries. 2 need to be +ve up, 2 -ve up.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisJ Quote
User manual here if it helps, part one shows the orientation of the 4 batteries. 2 need to be +ve up, 2 -ve up. Chris
My mistake - sorry if I misled you, minxiu. I was looking at my MG and ME manual and thinking all the M series would be the same. But the F had the "autofocus" lens so needed the extra batteries.
Unfortunately, since the camera doesn't have a separate manually-operated shutter speed dial you're pretty much stuck. Even a hand-held light meter won't help. Looks like a trip to the repair shop. The camera didn't cost you anything and it's probably due for a CLA anyway, so it might be worth it to you to get it fixed.
That said, if you just want to play around with it to see if it's worth the effort, you can, if memory serves me right, set the dial to M, which will allow you to shoot at 125th of a second, with the appropriate aperture. Bang off a roll of film and see if it lights your fire. If it does, you can get it repaired, if it doesn't there's always the bottom drawer...

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Thanks for all the replies guys, unfortunately I still haven't got the camera working. I think I'm indeed just going to try the 125th of a second mode to try taking some pics.
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minxiu - this is probably a dead thread, and at the risk of (repeating) the obvious I have one suggestion:

Two of the batteries need to be + up and two need to be - up. However, where the + symbol is on the battery case, you place the battery in with the + side facing down (plus side up where the - symbol is). It's not completely intuitive and I have mistakenly put the batteries in the wrong way before.
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