Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera
Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera

Pentax ME Super Vintage 35mm SLR Film Camera

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Vintage 1970's Pentax ME Super automatic 35mm film camera. Excellent condition, well taken care of. This is an aperture-priority automatic exposure 35mm SLR camera. Light meter works and includes self-timer.

Tested and in working condition.

Lens: SMC Pentax-M 1:2 // 50mm // F-stop 2-22

ASA: 12-1600

Lens, and handmade strap included!

Batteries not included. Tripod not included. 

History:

In 1977, Pentax introduced two compact 35mm SLRs, the MX and the ME. These followed a trend towards smaller size in SLR cameras inspired by 1972's Olympus OM-1.

Of the pair, the ME was the autoexposure model, but it lacked any manual shutter-speed settings. In 1979 Pentax replaced the original ME with the simpler MV and the more advanced ME Super, which had the following changes:

  • manual mode added, which lights a green indicator LED in viewfinder
  • shutter speed range from 4s to 1/2000, sync at 1/125
  • over- and under-exposure LEDs blink
  • blinking "EF" indicator LED when exposure compensation dial is moved away from standard 1x position
  • additional shoe contact for dedicated Pentax flash units
  • -1.0 diopter eyepiece (changed from -0.5)
  • The marking "ASAHI" in the pentaprism housing was eliminated sometime between the ME and the ME Super

The "Super" version is also a fraction of a millimeter taller than the original ME, although the difference is imperceptible in use. Both are exceptionally small bodies for a full 24x36mm format SLR.

The Pentax ME Super is an aperture priority automatic camera, with a focal plane shutter electronically timed from 4s to 1/2000, and with flash sync at 1/125. The shutter uses vertically-traveling metal curtains. For manual mode the ME Super uses two buttons, up and down, to select the shutter speed, rather than a more conventional rotary dial. The exposure meter is of the standard TTL open aperture center-weighted type. It is activated by a slight pressure on the release button, which should illuminate one or several LEDs at the left edge of the viewfinder.

The selector around the release button has five positions: L (lock), Auto, M (manual), 125X and B. With dead or missing batteries, A or M settings revert to a minimal, uncalibrated shutter speed. The user who fails to notice the unlit viewfinder LEDs and is fooled by the normal-sounding shutter operation may discover they have shot only blank or greatly-underexposed film. The mechanical B and 125X settings are usable without batteries, however.

The Pentax ME Super has a 0.95x viewfinder, covering 92% of the field. The finder screen is fixed, with a split image and a microprism ring in the center. The shutter speed chosen by the camera or the user is displayed in the finder, although aperture is not.

The ME has a mechanical self-timer with a maximum delay of about 10 seconds. After setting, the self-timer lever must be nudged clockwise again to begin the countdown. The camera has a hot shoe with an additional contact. Dedicated Pentax flash units use this to communicate a flash-ready indicator in the viewfinder and to automatically select the correct 1/125 sec. shutter speed, overriding any manual or auto setting.

The Pentax ME Super can accept either the external winder ME (1.5 i/s) or the later Winder ME II (2i/s). The Pentax ME Super can also mount a Dial Data MEdataback, or the later Digital Data M databack via a cord adapter.