[email]eejvphdaol.com[/email] (Eric V) wrote:
>Just got a used Pentax ME-Super, and am having a problem with it. Not
>sure when it has been cleaned/lubricated in the past, but probably not
>for a long time, if at all. In any case, when using it in the Auto
>Mode, the mirror locks up episodically, at varying apertures. It can
>be released when I move the dial to manual or 125x. The camera works
>without lockup in the Manual mode, or in 125x (Flash synch). The
>batteries check out fine.
>If you think the problem would be a cleaning/lubrication issue, what
>is a reasonable cost for such a repair? I would hate to spend too
>much, as the camera was so cheap to begin with, and it does seem to
>work in the Manual mode. Thanks!!
It sounds like you have a sticky foam mirror bumper. This can quickly
and easily be replaced by any competent camera repairer.
I have recently purchased a large quantity of used Pentax gear dating
from the 1970s and 1980s. All the camera bodies needed servicing.
This should be done every 3-5 years if you are an amateur user, or
every 1-2 years (depending on use) if you are a hard-working pro.
Periodically, a service (often called a 'CLA' - clean, lubricate and
adjust) should include replacement of mirror bumper foam and the felt
light traps that seal out light that would otherwise enter between the
camera back and the body. The foam and felt deteriorates more from
age than from use, and tends to last about ten years.
The ME Super is a fine camera body and a CLA will ensure it carries on
working well for several years hence. You will also benefit from more
accurate shutter speeds and therefore exposure.