ME Super doing weird things

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris Barnard, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Hi,

    Whilst I was out with my ME Super for the shoot-in today, it did something
    rather odd. I had my Pentax FA 1:4 28-70mm lens on, opened at full
    aperture - took a shot and the viewfinder stayed black after the film winder
    wound on. I guess the mirror got stuck in the up position. I fired another
    couple of shots randomly - the shutter fired but the mirror didn't come
    down. As soon as I started removing the lens, the mirror fell back down. The
    rest of the time, it was fine.
    I've just tested it a bit now. It's seems fine unless I have the 28-70 FA
    lens on, opened to f4 - then the mirror locks up. The mirror comes down as
    soon as I turn the aperture ring. However, during one part of testing it, I
    went from the 28-70 to a 50mm lens, wound the camera on and tried to take a
    shot. The shutter released depressed fully, but the camera didn't fire. I
    finally got it to fire by turning the aperture ring! It exhibited this
    bizarre behaviour for the next few shots and then began behaving itself. I
    haven't been able to recreate that. The only thing I can easily recreate is
    this mirror lock-up with the FA lens. I can't see any reason why an FA lens
    might cause a problem and I can't really see anything wrong with the
    camera... Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks for any help,

    Chris Barnard, Sep 1, 2003
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  2. A good cleaning may be in order; my ME Super exhibited similar
    behaviour after getting too damp (in Scotland, where it rains
    incessantly). A new battery didn't help, but it's been fine since I
    had it professionally cleaned over a year ago.

    jim h


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    Jim Hutchison, Sep 3, 2003
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