Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
09-23-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
Veteran Member
Nick Siebers's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,162
ME Super Dead? No meter lights

Hello -

I bought it for the lenses, but wanted to give it a spin. Alas! Even with fresh batteries my "new" ME Super SE just fires at 1/125, with no meter reading or auto function. I moved all the dials around, and confirmed the batteries worked in another camera. Any other ideas?

Thanks, Nick

09-23-2009, 07:37 PM   #2
Senior Member

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Carolina, USA
Posts: 273
I know it's silly, but are the batteries in the right way?
Also, is there any sign of impact damage? I dropped my ME Super from a height of around 3 feet onto a concrete floor (yikes!!! get straps for your cameras, kiddies!) and the switch was damaged, making it inoperable on manual and finicky on Auto, and something like that could have happened here.
09-23-2009, 11:46 PM   #3
Veteran Member
Jimfear's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 576
You could also take a close look at the contact surface in the battery compartment. On several cameras I have had to clean and scrape the surfaces for the batteries to get contact.
09-24-2009, 04:03 AM   #4
Junior Member

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: San Francisco, California USA
Posts: 48
Along the same line as the battery compartment, I bought an MX that was dead. I removed the bottom plate- 3 screws (over towel so they don't bounce away)- and found the battery end of the camera had corrosion not visible from the battery compartment. Possibly sweat from a hand over the years?

I'm not sure what was wrong and what fixed it. Maybe the ground connection was weak? Anyway, I wiped things down, a little alcohol, a little pencil eraser to rub some random metal pieces. Put the plate back on, reinstalled batteries, and I now have an MX with working meter for $20.

09-25-2009, 04:09 AM   #5
Veteran Member
Nick Siebers's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,162
Original Poster
Thanks guys! I did try thebatteries both ways, and the compartment looks clean. But maybe I will take the bottom plate off, just to see how it looks.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
batteries, meter
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ME super light meter. FLOPGUY Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10 01-18-2010 08:27 PM
w60 past 4 meter equals dead? bunddysleeper Pentax Compact Cameras 5 09-28-2009 01:14 PM
New Me super, no light meter jzietman Pentax Film SLR Discussion 16 05-07-2009 08:07 AM
K200D Super power dead? rparmar Pentax DSLR Discussion 26 09-19-2008 12:41 PM
Is my ME Super dead? J2R Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12 09-09-2007 06:38 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:32 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]