Pentax ME-Super Black Body Parts.

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Chris Lindgren, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. I'm looking for a source to obtain the necessary parts to convert my
    ME-Super to a black body. Does anyone know of such a source? I know
    there were black body ME-Supers available back in their day.

    Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
    Chris Lindgren, Nov 26, 2004
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  2. Chris Lindgren

    Peter Chant Guest

    I've not tried but would it not be easier to just buy a black one. Surely
    that would be cheaper and easier than trying to convert one.

    Pete
     
    Peter Chant, Nov 26, 2004
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  3. Or just buy a Super-A - black, and superior (has DOF preview, more reliable
    and TTL flash).

    Duncan.
     
    Duncan J Murray, Nov 27, 2004
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  4. Chris Lindgren

    Peter Chant Guest

    Is that also known as a program A? I've seen one of those when I was
    looking to replace my ME Super as it seemed to be getting a bit
    unreliable. Seemed about the same size as a ME Super and very similar
    construction except that a databack made it a tad bigger. The extra
    fetures sound interesting.

    I've now got an MZ-5n, to go with a modern AF zoom. I note however that
    I tend to use it on manual with the spot meter rather a lot. Its a pity
    the ME Super has not got that feature. It is also less bulky, I think on
    the quiet I prefer it.


    BTW, is there a good cheap flash gun that can use TTL? I've a dedicated
    Centon flash that is not TTL and about £30. There is a big jump to much
    more expensive/advanced flashes before TTL can be made use of buy the look
    of things.
     
    Peter Chant, Nov 27, 2004
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  5. The Super-A is similar to the Program-A, but not quite the same. They're
    both highly competant cameras, but the Super-A was the bigger brother, with
    some extra features - adding shutter priorty and TTL flash to the
    Program-A's Manual, Aperture P, and Fully P exposure modes. It's also
    slightly better made, and would seem a bit more reliable (I have both - the
    Program-A is dying in quite a bizarre way - Alzheimer's I think, though as
    long as I'm vigilant, it still takes great photos). I haven't seem one with
    a data back before.

    The program-A has DOF preview, which makes it a useful upgrade from the
    ME-super, as well as being a tad more reliable, I've heard (though none of
    these compare to the MX, of course).

    I looked for a TTL flash for my Super-A, but couldn't quite find one for a
    decent price, really. I settled on a dedicated Pentax flash called the
    AF240Z, for less that £20, almost new condition - and it takes perfect
    exposures with my 35-70mm lens. It's a big, soft flash, which is very
    flattering, and has a lot of filling power, though without over-exposing
    people closer to the camera. I don't know how it does it! Though it does
    work as an 'auto' flash - cutting off the flash depending on the reflectance
    it is receiving.

    Duncan.
     
    Duncan J Murray, Nov 28, 2004
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  6. Chris Lindgren

    Peter Chant Guest

    Does it use TTL or have its own sensor.

    Actually I don't know why I'm asking I rarely use flash. However, I am
    sure TTL must be a serious advance.

    Pete
     
    Peter Chant, Nov 29, 2004
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  7. : Or just buy a Super-A - black, and superior (has DOF preview, more reliable
    : and TTL flash).

    : Duncan.

    In the US, this model was called the SuperProgram. It's not at common
    as the ME-Super, but it is fairly easy to find on the used market.
    However, I've never seen a black SuperProgram. The web page on this model
    at http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/ seems to imply that the SuperA was always
    made in black, and the SuperProgram in chrome.

    Warren B. Hapke



    : : > On Fri, 26 Nov 2004 08:00:23 -0800, Chris Lindgren wrote:
    : >
    : >> I'm looking for a source to obtain the necessary parts to convert my
    : >> ME-Super to a black body. Does anyone know of such a source? I know
    : >> there were black body ME-Supers available back in their day.
    : >>
    : >> Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    : >
    : > I've not tried but would it not be easier to just buy a black one. Surely
    : > that would be cheaper and easier than trying to convert one.
    : >
    : > Pete
    : >
     
    Warren B. Hapke, Nov 29, 2004
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  8. I looked for a TTL flash for my Super-A, but couldn't quite find one for
    It has it's own sensor - I did try looking for TTL, but I think they are
    much more sought after. I don't know why, as my flash seems to have coped
    exceptionally well so far... I never used to use flash, but now I'm finding
    that a bit of fill-in flash is very useful.

    Duncan.
     
    Duncan J Murray, Nov 30, 2004
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  9. Thanks everyone. I bought a black body in primo condition. The ME
    Super is a great camera when coupled with the Winder II. The winder
    balances out the small body very nicely.

    Thanks again.
     
    Chris Lindgren, Nov 30, 2004
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  10. So, why don't you send me the old silver one, rather than jsut tossing it? :)
     
    Stephen H. Westin, Dec 1, 2004
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  11. It has it's own sensor - I did try looking for TTL, but I think they are
    In my experience, a simple flash with its own sensor is all most
    people need. Particularly with the latitute of today's films (and
    digicams), even if you're off by a full f-stop. you'll get a good
    picture.

    With excellent non-TTL flashes available for under $100, I can't
    imagine spending money on a dedicated flash.

    -Joel
     
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Dec 2, 2004
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  12. Chris Lindgren

    Art Guest

    The problem with the ME Super was those little buttons. People did not like
    them as much as a dial.
     
    Art, Dec 3, 2004
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