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    Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    I just bought a Pentax ME Super from ebay and I'm having a little trouble with it. When I first got it everything seemed fine with it. I could look through the view finder but the batteries were dead so there wasn't any LED's lit up. It didn't have any film in it but I wanted to test it so I advanced the crank and pressed down the shutter but after I did that the shutter stayed closed (I can no longer see through the viewfinder) and the crank wont advance. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

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    Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    Quote Originally Posted by JonO822
    I just bought a Pentax ME Super from ebay and I'm having a little trouble with it. When I first got it everything seemed fine with it. I could look through the view finder but the batteries were dead so there wasn't any LED's lit up. It didn't have any film in it but I wanted to test it so I advanced the crank and pressed down the shutter but after I did that the shutter stayed closed (I can no longer see through the viewfinder) and the crank wont advance. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
    I used to have an ME Super. I am almost certain that, unlike the MX, the batteries are required to make ME operate properly. Put good batteries in and try again.
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    Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    Quote Originally Posted by mwfanelli
    I used to have an ME Super. I am almost certain that, unlike the MX, the batteries are required to make ME operate properly. Put good batteries in and try again.
    I figured it needed batteries also, even though the manual does say it can work without them, when I put them in the LED's came on ok but that is all I can see in the viewfinder and it still wont advance.

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    Smile Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    I own a ME SUPER- I found that you must set to 125x to release the shutter when it stays open for a long time - 125x is a SET or FIXED shutter speed and will not allow to remain open based on lighting conditions.

    try that - and see if the camera releases the apature.... let me know.....
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    Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    Welcome to the site and thanks for the post, Pentax Larry! It's always good to have a new member who can share their experience. If you own the Optio A10, please post a review. We need more user reviews for Pentax compact digital cameras.

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    Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    I had the same issue with my ME Super a few years ago. I may be mis-speaking here a bit, but as I remember it there are rubber bumpers in the shutter assembly that get sticky with age. These need to be replaced along with a good cleaning and tuneup. Cost me about $75 at the time. Works like new after that. I don't use it any more as I have a ZX-7 and a K100d. Would consider selling.

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    Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    The first SLR I ever used was a ME SUPER. I love that camera!

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    Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    If you advance the winder further than it should go that should solve the fixed position, and with the viewfinder being blacked out change the aperture and that also should work
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    Re: Problem with new Pentax ME Super PLEASE HELP

    Hi Jon...we have many users of the ME Super on this forum. I'm sure one of them will be able to give you exact advise on this issue. I still own 2 M class Pentax's but never really used them. It happened to me also, but I can't remember what I did to correct it. I think it had something to do with long exposure settings.
    As for selling it...as suggested by Iscrabeck, thats an idea, but learning film is an excellent way to improve your overall photography skills. He/She also makes an excellent suggestion about having it cleaned and checked out at a reputable camera repair shop.
    The ME is still very popular and so parts are still fairly easy to come by.
    Good luck and let us know how it comes out.
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