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    The Pentax ME type camera

    I have a newly acquired Pentax ME Super Program. It's acting just like nearly evey other "ME" type camera I've had - the shutter button must be pressed down HARD to get it to fire. I ordered a winder today, so I hope not to have to worry about this problem in the future, but is this trully a common affliction of this breed? Or is it more a sign of age? I have a Konica camera with a similar slow-firing, full-press shutter button too, and it sits on the shelf most of the time. Those electrical contacts must be getting brittle.
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    I could not agree more with your complaint in regard to shutter buttons that need a hard push. I got rid of a number of cameras because of this. I believe that, in hand-held situations, this foolish design induces camera shake. Anyway, I have owned just about all of the Pentax M-series cameras (with the exception of the MX). I had multiple bodies, and some, as I recall, did have that annoying hard-press-down flaw. The worst, though, were the Canon AE-1P and A-1. These are fantastic cameras, otherwise. I gave them up specifically because of the shutter release.

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    I have 2 Super Programs. I have no problems.

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    I have 4 ME Supers and they all have reasonable sensitivity.
    However, they are not as sensitive as RTS or EOS 3.
    Canon/Nikon/Contax/Mamiya/Olympus/Minolta/Praktica/Pentax/Pentacon/Zeiss/Yashica/Zorki/Kiev/Ricoh ...

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    My ME Super's shutter release button is sweet ... but the shutter speed buttons can be dodgy at times.

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    Well, I went out to test it more today, and it looks like the metering system is goofy. Shooting ASA 200 film it kept trying, on P mode, to shoot 1/2000 at f16. The snow wasn't THAT bright. It does seem to meter correctly on occasion...

    Anyone have a super-duper quick fix for that sort of error? I was thinking maybe the battery contacts and lens contacts could need to be cleaned.
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    A CLA for an old camera is always a good idea.

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    I have an MX and its shutter release is smooth and easy. Unfortunately the metering system leaves something to be desired. It meters consistently 1 to 1 1/2 stops off. For example, if my Pentax Spotmatic, Voigtlander Bessa R, and my Pentax KM all meter at f:5.6 @ 125th, the MX meter at f:8-8.5.

    At least it's consistent.

    My recommendation on the stiff shutter is, of course, to send it on to Eric Hendrickson for CLA.

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    I have an ME and an ME super, and the shutter release is not objectionable. Then again, both look like they have been fired a million times, so maybe they have been smoothed out.
    f/22 and be there.

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    I have both the ME Super and ME-F and the shutter works just fine, smooth and easy. You probably have a problem with that camera. Here is a link that shows you how to take off the top cover:
    http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/pentaxmeramblings.html
    It may be something visible obstructing the shutter. Cheers
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