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REVIEW: Pentax ME Super



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-01-28

Pentax ME Super

Made between 1979 to 1984.
This is a improved version of the original Pentax ME
- Adds a M shutter option and two push buttons on the top plate which controls the shutter speeds.
- Faster shutter
- Slightly lighter

Technical info

Lens mount: PK
Shutter: 1/2000s to 4s + B
Auto shutter setting can have much longer exposure than 4s.
And I got a exposure longer than 3 min at ISO 100 and f/1.7 in total darkness.
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 12 - 1600)
Battery: Two 1.5v SR44
Flash: Flash hot shoe + PC sync connection (sync 1/125 sec)
Weight: 445g

Self-timer


Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating
Pentax ME Super


Viewfinder:

Really good size and brightness.
Also a very nice focus aid system which is a little bigger then normal and works very well.

Info:
Left side has all the shutter speeds plus over and under info, a little led light showing which is used.
There is also led showing if you use the M setting and a warning led on top which blinks if you use the exposure comp.

Focus aid:
Split screen and Microprism


Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

Electronically controlled.


Build quality:

Body is all metal and it's very nice and solid!
The shutter button and the dial around this is however plastic but still feel quite good.

Look, feel and sound:
Simple but a nice look.
It has a very nice solid and quality feel to it.
Buttons and dials also feel nice.
Shutter and mirror nois are okay, not the worst but I wouldn't call it quiet.








Usability:

A camera that have aged very well and is still a very usable one today.
Everything feel to be in it's right place and it is logical how you operate it.

The auto shutter and exposure comp system works great but lacks any way to lock the shutter here.
This also has the M shutter setting which I'm more used to.
It works quite good but are a bit slower to use because you change the shutter speeds via two buttons.
You read the light meter by looking at the over or under info in the viewfinder which will blink if the exposure needs to be adjusted.
And you will get a correct exposure when none of these are blinking.
This is similar to many cameras and this system works good but here it's quite the space between the over and under leds and they are not very big.

The light meter is also sensitive and takes modern batteries.


Conclusion:


This is a really nice one!
It's small, lightweight and has a really good viewfinder.
Great build quality and are very
reliable.

A more normal manual shutter dial would have been nice.
But I usually stick to one shutter speed and then adjust the aperture so I don't see this a bigger problem.
Would also been nice to have a mirror lock or equivalent.



Thumbs up:
Great build quality and feel
Reliable
Viewfinder
Light meter
Size and weight

Thumbs down:

No mirror lock or equivalent.
A bit slow to work M setting


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