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09-24-2016, 12:31 AM   #1
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ME Super Slow mirror - How do I fix!

Hello! I recently have been getting into film photography, so I bought the pretty compact Pentax ME as my 3rd film camera. I bought it on eBay (got it and 2 lenses for about 60 bucks).

The Camera seems to be in great working order and functioning well apart from a slow mirror reflex. Particularly after being left unused for an hour or more.

The slow mirror movement seems to disappear after I shoot about 6 or 7 exposures but then comes back after itís being left idle. - I have read that this might be from the light seals being gunked up? I don't see any residue on the mirror. How do I lubricate this to make it function properly? I've never taken one apart. Thanks!

09-24-2016, 01:21 AM   #2
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Sounds like the lube in the mirror mechanism is getting gunked. It works after you loosen it up with movement but then it settles back. A through cleaning and re-lubing would fix it. A quick fix is to loosen up the tired lube with some solvent but it is just a temporary fix. I'd suggest finding someone experienced in maintenance of old film cameras.
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