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02-05-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Pentax Me Problem


i have recently found my father's old Pentax ME in the garage and have been trying to get it to work for a while. when i first picked it up, everything seemed to be in working order, the advance lever moved well, light meter operated. i then tried to put some 35mm film in, not knowing what i was doing i stupidly pressed the rewind button. this is now stuck in this position, meaning i cant advance film into the camera.

i checked up on several forums to see what the problem might be, with one saying it was just jammed. i removed the bottom cover to see if it had, didnt want to touch anything. when i did open it, a small piece of metal black metal feel out, which i assume was mechanical as it has rub marks on one end but i cant see where i has broken off from . i will upload photos of the camera and broken piece when i get my other camera back. otherwise is there anything i can do to get the rewind button back to i's normal position?

thank you for your help


02-05-2011, 03:22 PM   #2
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It would seem that something is definately amiss and if I were you would not attempt a repair yourself - even if you could find out the problem. Besides, the camera is of an age that it would benefit from a little care and attention. I suggest you send it to a specialist for repair and overhall.

I see from your profile you are in England. There are a few good repair shops in the UK such as -

The Photographic Repair Shop
105 Coldharbour Road
Westbury Park

Tel: 0117 942 0434
Fax: 0117 907 1135

Sendean Cameras
22/23 St Cross Street
Hatton Garden
London EC1N 8UH

tel: 0844 357 1414*


Harrow Technical
Pentax House
South Hill Avenue
South Harrow
Middlesex, HA2 0DU

Tel: 020 8938 4660
Fax: 020 8938 4605


I've had good service and can recommend this last address.

PS. All three addresses have websites if you do a search
02-05-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
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The rewind button will normally be released only when you operate the film advance.
The film advance cannot be operated until you fire the shutter. Have you tried that?


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02-06-2011, 07:55 AM   #4
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Just to add to what Chris said above, I suggest first setting the control dial to 100x. Then try to fire the shutter and advance the winder. Hopefully the rewind button will pop.


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