Need help with film SLR

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by unknown87, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. unknown87 macrumors regular

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    My Pentax ME super has been giving me some real problems. Basically, the exposure mode dial is stuck on 'auto' and I can't shift it to any other mode. Does anyone know what I can do?! I'm at a real loss... The auto mode is alright (basically aperture priority) but I miss my manual setting!
     
  2. jpfisher macrumors regular

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    New Jersey
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    Does this help? --

    http://mcfaddenphoto.com/camera_manuals/img/me-s_10.jpg

    Full manual here -- http://mcfaddenphoto.com/camera_manuals/me-s_man.htm

    I have an ME at home, but not the Super edition -- the ME lacks the manual setting. It's a nice little camera, but if the dial is broken, it might be cheaper to get it replaced rather than serviced at this point. There are bodies that offer you a little more control, which can be found pretty inexpensively on the used market.

    I've got a couple KX bodies (sadly, the meters no longer function in either of them) that offer full shutter control. Quickly browsing KEH shows that you can get a "bargain" ZX-M for around $50 or so. And you always have the eBay option - just make sure you pick up a body that offers full control.
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Are you sure it's not something so simple as the need to push or lift up on the dial to make it unlock? Or push a release to make it unlock? If it really is stuck repair cost runs around $100 to disasemble and clean a camera. Cheaper to replace the camera body with a used model. Local camera shops may have the best deals. Just ask for a low-end "Pentax Mount" and they may have an old Sears brand camera for $35 that is a K1000 copy. There a milions of them out there.
     

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