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09-28-2019, 08:08 AM - 5 Likes   #1
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Black Pentax ME Super find and repair

Found this little nice camera at a fleamarket, the owner said it is dead, lightmeter didn't work and it didn't wind..
sounds familiar, right? well, I took it nonetheless for 15 bucks, thats a non brainer. I thought I could use it for part as I already have a working chrome ME super, I planned to switch top and bottom cover from that black one with my chrome ones..

at home I saw the reason why the lightmeter 'was dead'..the mirror was stuck in the upward position. Also the winder didn't catch.
I didn't want to damage it, so I didin't force the mirror to come down, I had the feel that it was a good camera, not dead.

instead I screw off the bottom plate and watched the winding mechanism closely. The is a metal tounge that, when I carefully forced back, the cycle of the winding finally completed, the shutter popped up, and the mirror came down. So, it worked actually!

The lightmeter worked without a problem, and the screen was in top condition, better than on my chrome ME Super, surprise!
Ok, one problem solved. I noticed after the 10th time I used the winder it actually did crank and I was able to release the shutter.
I just went on and cranked and cranked, carefully and slowly, but firmly, at least 100 times..

then it worked after every 5th time..then every second time..then every time..after I slowly cranked it half way, then to the end.

now it works every time.
I shot a test roll yesterday, but AFTER 36 shots I realized the little bottom rewind knob down under was IN! no wonder.
so almost 30 double exposures!! I just forgot after the assembly to reattach the little rewind knob it's fine.

I attached a multi exposure .. very interesting abstract art..

I love this camera..I have a MX,too, but the manual buttons on the super are much better than the shutter time dial, I think I will sell my MX..

so, if you have the same problem, take your time, and try it..maybe it work for your ME super, too..

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09-28-2019, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have four working ME Supers. I'm very fond of them. My first SLR was an ME Super but sadly that one is dead.
09-29-2019, 06:58 AM   #3
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I got mine working too.
The mirror was locked up, but took a chance on it.

Without being an expert, personally i think it had seized up from inactivity.
Bought from a camera fair as "junk".

Got it back home and teased the mirror down by hand, many clicks later it was still staying in the up position.
I then started to gently move the curtain by hand with the film door open.
Many more later it was firing automatically when cocked.
I fired off a load of shots in bulb mode.
Then put a lens on try try different shutter speeds.
It finally started working like expected.
But 1 in 10 shots would still fire automatically without pressing the shutter.

I came back to it a few days later and began firing shots off again.
Seems like all is good now.

Probably spent an hour total with it.

Haven't put a film through it yet because it needs new seals.

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