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07-24-2014, 02:39 AM   #1
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Film advance (end) but shutter button won't fire

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First of all let me tell you that I am beginner in film cameras and bought a second hand Pentax ME Super. The camera is in good condition, looks like new, I don't see any damage. The two batteries are new.


I put the film in, and tried to follow manual instructions. Everything seems well but ....

I have almost always to move twice forward with the film (advanced the lever) for the shutter button to fire. The film advance (I see the number increasing on indicator - film counter) but the shutter not always fire ... only if I advance one more. (first picture fire, 2 not fire (I push down the shutter button, nothing happens.), 3 picture fire, 4 not fire... and so on. Normally not fire two successive.) Is like that the film advance lever wasn't actuated completely...

If the camera has no film, everything works just fine. I don't see any kind of damage inside.

Perhaps I am doing something wrong. Any tip ?


07-24-2014, 03:27 AM   #2
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It does sound as if the film is not advancing properly. I would suggest you sacrifice an old film which you can wind through with the film door open, so you can "see" what's happening.
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You should only need a single 135 degree rotation of the film advance level to wind the film on to the next frame. As Mark suggests try loading a film with the back open and see what is happening when you use the film advance lever. Maybe you are not winding it all the way each time.


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That is a commmon problem in the MESuper
The fix is not very complicated you can find it here:
Favorite Classics > Pentax ME Super Ramblings > Three Common Failure Problems


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