Link Posted 23/03/2004 - 20:17
I found an older pentax, ME Super.

I loaded some batteries in it and it came back to life. I put a new roll of film in it too. Now when I advance the file and press the shutter button to take a picture,I hear nothing. No click. So I am wondering, should I hear one like my other Canon cameras, even when I dont have film in them, I advance it and they still click.

Do you think the camera is malfunctioing or is stuck or something?
Shouldn't I hear aa click???



Link Posted 23/03/2004 - 22:18
My ME Super gives a very obvious "click" whenever I press the shutter release - film in or not.


Link Posted 23/03/2004 - 23:06
Thanks Malcolmk,

I think the shutter may be stuck. Ever seen that before?


Link Posted 24/03/2004 - 07:05
In nearly 24 years of ownership I've had no problems at all with my ME Super, though it's not much used any more.


Link Posted 24/03/2004 - 18:23
When you press the shutter are the LEDs in the viewfinder active?

To check if the shutter is opening and closing, open the camera back (without a film in!) and fire the shutter. You will be able to see what is happening.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 24/03/2004 - 21:41
I have an ME Super, and it did give quite a loud click on releasing the shutter. Unfortunately I dropped it, and it developed several faults. The high shutter speeds were totally wrong, giving up to 2 stops underexposure. However, the fault it developed after it had been "serviced" (as well as the underexposure) meant that it didn't always fire the shutter after a film advance. This also meant that you could continue advancing the film, frame after frame, without firing the shutter. After a while I worked out that it would only do this if a lens was fitted. Removing the lens and replacing it would usually cause the first frame or two to operate correctly.
I'm still hoping that somone can fix this camera, I bought it new in the 'States in '80, and am very much attached to it, regardless of now having a plethora of Pentax cameras, including another ME Super.
Maybe one of the faults I describe is similar to the one you're experiencing.



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