Another great thrift store find from 2015 was the Pentax ME Super. I actually bought two of them in one week by accident. The second came from a local pawn shop. I gave it to a friend’s 8-year old son as a gift when our family traveled to Portland, Oregon. I’ve detailed some of the features below, but found that my fellow blogger and film enthusiast, Simon Hawketts, has done a great job detailing the specs on his site.
The Pentax ME Super was manufactured from 1980 to 1986, and is the younger, newer sibling to the Pentax ME and MV models. Both of these prior models are all automatic and have no manual modes. The ME Super has aperture priority, manual, 125X and bulb modes. The ME Super features a focal plane shutter with speeds from f/4 to 1/2000. The exposure meter is an open aperture TTL center weighted type that is displayed in the viewfinder with a series of LED’s. The ISO range is 12 to 1600. The lens paired with my ME Super is a SMC Pentax K bayonet mount, 50mm f/2 lens. Overall, the ME Super is a great camera. At the time, it was Pentax’s smallest and lightest SLR at 440g.
Before I started tracking my cameras loaded with film with the Film Roll app on my iPhone, I had forgotten that my ME Super was loaded. There’s a large gap in time between the first group of shots and the end of the roll. They start in early spring and end of Veteran’s Day. For my testing, I shot a roll of Lomography Color 400.
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3 thoughts on “Pentax ME Super”
Nice. I love the plain ME but haven’t shot an ME Super. I imagine in aperture-priority mode they feel pretty much the same!
I bought two ME Supers in 2015 as well! Mine came in a single purchase, in their case with a variety of lenses, flash, accessories and so on, as well as 16 rolls of expired film. A great purchase – I very much like the camera. Funny that on my test roll for those bodies I also shot a neon sign in our local Chinatown.
The Pentax ME Super was the ‘Camera of the Year’ in the UK in 1982, the year I bought mine, which still seems to be in working order; I need to shoot some film to find out for sure!