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I have an ME super for about a day now, and i'm having one main problem, how do I get the film bay open? i've looked in the manual but found nothing, so any help anyone here could give would be great, thanks...

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Henry Cooksey wrote:.

I have an ME super for about a day now, and i'm having one mainproblem, how do I get the film bay open? i've looked in the manualbut found nothing, so any help anyone here could give would be great,thanks..

I'd have to dig mine out of the attic to be sure, but, I "think" you lift up on the film rewind crank...

Comment #1

It's been a long time, but I think you pull up on the film crank on the top left side as looking from behind the camera. The whole back should open...

Comment #2

Right, i've done that, but nothing happens? the back stays in and I can't remove it, even with moderate force..

So I don't know what's up...

Comment #3

Then I don't know. Did you lift up on the crank against the spring hard enough? Some Pentaxes also had a latch at the bottom left side to pull down, but that was a long time ago. My H3V was that way..

I don't have an ME, but I just tried my old Spotomatic, and it didn't open at first. I hasn't been opened in probably 30 years. I had to hold up the crank against the spring pressure then use my nail to pop the back open. I bet it still takes great pictures..

Good luck...

Comment #4

You might need to pull up gently while pulling the back open...

Comment #5

There doesn't appear to be any "spring pressure" I pull it up and it just stays up..

Does this mean it's broken?..

Comment #6

How hard are you pulling up the film rewind crank? If you lift it up gently it stops... but lift it harder against some resistance and a spring-loaded catch pops open (on mine, anyway!)..

I'm still using the 50mm f/1.7 Pentax lens from my ME super (circa. 1981 vintage) on my DSLR....

Best wishesMike..

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Henry Cooksey wrote:.

There doesn't appear to be any "spring pressure" I pull it up and itjust stays up..

Does this mean it's broken?.

It's supposed to stay up until you relatch the back..

It might be broken or you might be not pulling up hard enough. No way to tell from here. The crank pulls up a half inch or so then engages the spring. When the back pops open, the crank still stays up that first amount..

If you didn't feel the sprint engage as you pulled past the free area, you might not have pulled up hard enough or the spring might be broken, but the door should still open. Again, pull up all the way, the first half inch, then against the spring. You might have to use your fingernail to pop the back open...

Comment #8

Thanks, it turns out I wasn't pulling hard enough, being too careful.

Thanks everyone..

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