Meet the Pentax ME Super! One of three new additions to my camera collection, care of my awesome Aunt Bonnie. She had three vintage cameras laying around collecting dust, and thought there was no better place for them to live out their lives, then with me. Whoever had this before she acquired it, was amazing. They had 3 lenses, accessories, and even kept the original receipt!
Oh yes please!
Only one problem, when I looked through the viewfinder, I didn’t see anything. At first I thought, “ha, silly Cara, you left the lens cap on!”… right, like I would make that mistake. Turns out the mirror was flipped up and the film advance lever was stuck, as was the film rewind button on the bottom.
Look at that black void :(
I did not accept those things as a reason to not use this camera. Luckily I’m not afraid to take things apart and poke around a little bit. I took off the bottom off by removing the three, tiny, tiny, screws on the bottom.
Somewhere in the bottom left by the film rewind spool thinger (I’m not so good with the technical words), is a little tab that got stuck on the film advancement. I moved the tab, and advanced the film, and things got unstuck! Just like that. The film advanced, the film rewind button became unstuck, and the mirror dropped back down.
Like. A. Boss.
So now, the only thing it needs is fresh batteries, a good cleaning (see that foam gunk), and a roll of film.
Thanks Aunt Bonnie, for making my shitty week a little better.