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09-05-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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Pentax ME Super Light Meter problems! PLEASE HELP

Sorry to sound desperate in the title of this post, but I kind of am ahaha. I just recently picked up a pentax me super from a thrift store and everything seems to be working (the shutter, the film advance, etc.) the lens is in good shape as well and everything looks pretty clean. however, the only thing that isn't working is the light meter! i've changed the batteries twice. I've cleaned the contacts a bunch and I made sure that I was putting the batteries in the correct way. But from all of these efforts, the light meter still fails me. I don't see any dots lighting up on the sides and I die a little every time I think I've fixed it and then realize that I haven't made any progress. Please help! I really want to fix the light meter. If it takes opening the camera up, I'll do it. Thanks so much for your help!

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Hello.... you said everything is working... "shutter"? Can you actually press buttons in the 'M' mode to get the shutter speeds working? Also, when the batteries are inserted, is both "Auto" and 'M" showing no signs of life? Just so we are on the same page and assuming you've not had a chance to look at a manual, "B" and "125X" do not light up anything. Also, "Auto" has a lock button and you have to push that white button down to move it off the Auto... unless it is broken.
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Hello.... you said everything is working... "shutter"? Can you actually press buttons in the 'M' mode to get the shutter speeds working? Also, when the batteries are inserted, is both "Auto" and 'M" showing no signs of life? Just so we are on the same page and assuming you've not had a chance to look at a manual, "B" and "125X" do not light up anything. Also, "Auto" has a lock button and you have to push that white button down to move it off the Auto... unless it is broken.
I can press buttons down in the 'M' mode, but it doesn't indicate what shutter speed I'm shooting at. But I can definitely change the shutter speed. And yes, both Auto and M seem to not light up anything. And I have looked at the manual and I know that B and 125x don't light up anything. Could the light meter be broken?
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I've had a lot of ME/ME Supers with dead meters. In fact, at this point I just assume it will be dead if I buy one (for the lenses). My first question though is are you sure the batteries are in correctly?



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Is there any way to fix it if the light meter is dead? And yes haha, I'm sure I put the batteries in correctly. Two batteries in, positive side first.
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Are the batteries fresh and full?

I used to have problem when taking batteries out of my KX and putting them in ME Super. The meter wouldn't light up. Then, I tried fresh batteries and it worked perfectly. This implies ME Super requires more power than KX.
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The next thing I would wonder is if the camera had some water damage or foam gunk that had come in contact with the "main switch"



So the question is if your contacts are working under there? At center is the contact that are actuated by you the release button.



More serious is the ribbons of circuit located above that and the contact board that is under the panel for the push button speeds.
In one example in the past, the screw holding down the strip was loosened by someone and the solder tinkered with and the LEDs were dead.
So above the environmental damage, did someone go inside the camera and forget to reconnect something? Can guess anything from the outside.

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QuoteOriginally posted by thekidwho Quote
however, the only thing that isn't working is the light meter! i've changed the batteries twice. I've cleaned the contacts a bunch and I made sure that I was putting the batteries in the correct way. But from all of these efforts, the light meter still fails me. I don't see any dots lighting up on the sides and I die a little every time I think I've fixed it and then realize that I haven't made any progress. Please help! I really want to fix the light meter. If it takes opening the camera up, I'll do it. Thanks so much for your help!
My husband had a non-working meter on his K1000. He removed the bottom cover and found corrosion right where a wire connects to the battery holder! He had to re-solder the connection, but he fixed it!!! Hopefully, this simple problem is all that's wrong with your camera.

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Frostie, points out one of the problems of loss of power to the entire circuit. On MX cameras it is the leaf contacts below. On ME family, it is more on the above deck than the bottom.

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I'm just clarifying, I did understand that you are able to work the speeds, but that you are not able to confirm on the displayed LEDs where you are. This does indicate that the power is out for the LED strip or one of the switches prior to the strip. When you are in "AUTO" and aiming at differing light sources, does the camera respond with differing speeds?

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