Ignominious end for a Pentax ME Super

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Dallas, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Dallas

    Dallas Guest

    In the late 1980's, I loved my first Pentax ME, but my moron friend
    Orville broke it.
    So, I replaced it with the new ME Super.

    This little bastard had a crappy metering system that screwed up many a
    photo, so last weekend I decided to give it what it deserved:


    The operation was a success.... (but the patient died :- )

    No, I wasn't trying to fix it... I just wanted to see what was inside
    an SLR. It was really quite educational, I recommend doing it on some
    rainy weekend.
    Dallas, Dec 26, 2011
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  2. Cool.

    If you clean all that crap up you could take an art picture of the bits.
    It's been done before but nothing stopping you having go.

    Pentax ME Super was the first SLR I ever had and a few months ago was
    severely tempted to buy one bundled with a super dooper Asahi 50mm.
    Charles E. Hardwidge, Dec 26, 2011
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  3. Dallas

    philo Guest


    I took apart a 35mm camera many years ago...
    still am using parts from it elsewhere
    philo, Dec 27, 2011
  4. Dallas

    PeterN Guest

    I took apart:
    an alarm clock;
    a vacuum cleaner.
    I put both back together, they worked and I had parts left over.
    PeterN, Dec 27, 2011
  5. Dallas

    Pete A Guest

    Gives new meaning to "time on my hands", "spare time" and "it still sucks".
    Pete A, Dec 27, 2011
  6. Dallas

    Noons Guest

    Heh! Ain't it always so? LOL!

    Mind you: my Nikon F was bought off a scuba diver in a plastic bag, it
    had been flooded in an underwater housing. Cost me $50. Took me a
    year to pull it all apart, source the parts, put everything back
    together and get the shutter going. At the end tok it to a service
    shop to pin the speeds and it was found they were all within 10% of
    spec. Not bad.
    This was looooong before the internet made it easy to do things like
    this: 1982.
    Bit it's still with me and still working fine. It now has a FTN
    finder on it and I use it regularly: one of my best cameras, nothing
    else matches it for mechanical precision and focusing accuracy!
    Noons, Dec 28, 2011
  7. Dallas

    micky Guest

    I took apart a Miinolta SRT101 once (twice?), in order to repair it.
    (I"m better at repairs than photos). Instead of gears, it used a
    string running across pulleys to connect the shutter-speed dial to the
    other stuff.

    Minolta sold me a string, but I must have done something wrong, the
    knob didn't work smoothly. I don't think I ever got it right.

    It's been 35 years and my hands don't shake yet, but I think the
    compact digital that I broke would be a lot harder to fix. I don't
    even see how to get it apart.
    micky, Dec 29, 2011
  8. Dallas

    micky Guest

    They had also sold me the repair manual for this specific model. No
    repair manual goes into excruciating detail. I put the string in
    place, but that didnt' mean it stayed there.

    Right now I'm having trouble restring my standard curtain rod.
    micky, Dec 29, 2011
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