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09-12-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting a ME Super.

I'm about to get a ME Super to replace the K1000 I bought last year that had problems. I downloaded the manual and read it. It appears that when a flash is used, the camera automatically syncs at 1/125 whether in auto or manual exposure mode. Did I read that right? Does that mean no slow sync flash with this body? And what's your opinion of the ME Super? Is it reliable?

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If you put the camera in manual mode, you can slow synch the flash. You set the slow shutter speed, the correct aperture for the flash exposure, etc.
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ME Super had auto sync only with the AF160 or AF200S. See page 28. (There were later flashes that could do it too)
The basic AF16 kit flash (centre pin only) needed the exposure to be manually selected to 125X. See page 29.
Manual selection was not a real chore as it was necessary to read the back of the flash and set the aperture anyway. That WAS a real chore.

However, the AF16 was much better than the AF160 for curing the girlfriends' dreaded redeyes at the time because it came with a little cable that was plugged into the X sync socket on the ME Super (and MX too), allowing use of the needed off camera flash bracket. The AF160 & AF 200 did not have the sync cable. I don't know what year the X socket was dropped.
I still have 2 AF16 and one cable remains, and the old bracket from 1980 and a few AF160 & 200s. I modified one AF16 optically to quench right down to a flicker for fill.

Sorry i no longer have an ME Super, here is the MX with the AF16 and its cable on a bracket.
https://www.box.com/s/ybklr3tzqq23knkqmde2

I never did slow sync on an slr, I think those old flashes would be too bright. Might be possible with a AF360 etc in manual mode 4 stops down

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For $60 in EX+ condition from KEH no reason not to do it. Welcome to 1/2000 of a second

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Thanks. Another thing I thought of-does it come with the split circle focus screen? If not, is one available for it?
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Yes, it comes with one. The focusing screen is not replaceable.
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Thanks for all the replies. I just ordered one from KEH. They didn't have EX+, so I got EX. Also ordered a Nikon FA-used to have one of those a while back.
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i surely like the me super i got from keh ...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
If you put the camera in manual mode, you can slow synch the flash. You set the slow shutter speed, the correct aperture for the flash exposure, etc.
I mounted the AF280T and put camera in manual mode. The camera won't let me change shutter speed other than 1/125 when flash is on. The only way I could select a slower speed is to put a connector between camera and flash. That allows only center pin to make contact. I guess the camera doesn't "know" flash is mounted that way. I read the owners manual and it seems that is the way it works-no slow sync flash when dedicated Pentax flash is mounted. Is there a way to do it that I'm overlooking?

By the way, the Nikon FA has a problem and is going back for refund. But so far the ME Super has been super-in the process of putting test roll of film through it.
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I guess I made an ass of myself by assuming all the cameras work the same. Sorry!
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