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05-27-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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ME Super problem

I just got an ME Super at an estate sale with a bunch of lenses for $35and I love it!!! I haven't even put a roll of film in it, I just play with the knobs and dials, work the levers and hear the click!! I haven't even put batteries in it yet!!

Do I have a problem? Am I a luddite at heart?

05-27-2007, 10:12 PM   #2
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Yes, you have a serious problem. There is only one cure - get rid of the equipment, send it my way .
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Pentax ME Super is a fine camera. Used it for years, parked it for awhile as work and other hobbies got in the way. Picked it up again, cleaned it, hmmm, this guy needs a new lens.... Month later, 3 lenses and a digital body the ME Super is parked again. Tough love!
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Congrats! ME Super is an excellent camera.
What condition and what lenses did you get with it?

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Hi Steve, a few months ago I chanced upon a Craigslist listing of a Pentax ME (not Super), an M 50/1.7, a Sigma 28/2.8 miniwide, a crap 80-200 zoom lens, a minolta flash and some cokin filters for $50. I jumped right on it... turned out that the seller was a very interesting person who drives his RV down from Philly to Huntington Beach every year.

I've used it occasionally (about 5 rolls of film) but absolutely love the camera. The 35mm FOV is excellent, the pentaprism is fantastic and the camera is SO responsive. I just keep wishing that I could put in a digital back There have been times when I just pulled it out of the bag when there was no film in the camera and tripped the shutter just to hear the very satisfying click and thunk of the mirror.

You're not alone

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I got the ME Super, 50 1.7 (which is very sharp even wide open) 28-80, 80-200 and 49,52, and 58mm skylight filters plus a bag, flash of unknown provenance, Kodak Brownie, Praktica Nova 1b with two lenses, flash bulbs for the Brownie, amd a strobe unit that doesn't work for $50 CDN. I think I'll be going to more estate sales. Also got tow nice if dated camera bags.

The Pentax and Praktica cameras and lenses are all in very good condition. The silver is worn off the lens caps but otherwise they are pristine. The brownie is non operational (the film tray? is jammed) but it looks pretty cool on the shelf.

Looking through the viewfinder of the ME Super brings me back to the K1000 days. Manual focus is a breeze through this thing.

I am also impressed by the precision of the focus ring on the M50.

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........... The 35mm FOV is excellent, the pentaprism is fantastic and the camera is SO responsive. I just keep wishing that I could put it in a digital back There have been times when I just pulled it out of the bag when there was no film in the camera and tripped the shutter just to hear the very satisfying click and thunk of the mirror.

You're not alone
Dead right you're not.

I have the same nostalgic gooseflesh with my MX's.
I'd love a digital back for them too
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Yep, I love mine too.

I actually have two ME Supers, both CLA'ed so they're nice and clean. I have a roll of Ilford XP-2 in one and Kodak TN400 in the other.

I recently bought a Promaster 19-35mm to use on one camera and a M 50mm f/1.4 to use on the other.

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