Excerpt: I've owned my ME Super since I bought it new in late 1981. It came with the M 1.7 50mm lens (which I still have). The ME Super is a great camera. Using the ME Super really teaches you to shoot aperture priority since it's Auto mode works off the aperture ring input/setting.
Excerpt: I had been using Nikon for a long time, and always loved my trusty Nikkormat FT3. After borrowing a Pentax ME Super with a few M42 and K lenses, I realized this puppy with a Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5 on it weighed less than my Nikon body alone. The weight balanced out when I put a 200mm on the Pentax, and a 50mm f/2 on the Nikon. This thing will feel weightless around your neck if you're used to cameras and lenses like that.
Pros: Super light and compact, easy to use, shutter priority with EV compensation is super fast.
Cons: No DOF preview with K mount glass, Metering in full stops
Excerpt: Being born in 1984, this camera is about as old as I am (produced 1980-1986). My first SLR was a DSLR (K-x, now K-5) but I soon wanted to pick up a classic film camera. I did shoot some film in the 90's as a kid (just point and shoot) and now I also owned a couple of old K/M-lenses. I picked up a mint ME Super with a M F1.7 Prime for around $110, both in original packing.
Pros: Small size, build quality, ease of use, looks, great viewfinder
Excerpt: The Pentax ME Super is my first and only film SLR since I've started photography with the K-x. From a dslr user's point of view, the ME Super represents a refreshing change from the digital era.
Pros: Very compact, auto and manual controls, huge viewfinder
Cons: Ergonomics, shutter speed buttons somewhat difficult to operate
Excerpt: My husband was given one of these cameras by his mother about 10 years ago. It was originally hers. I've just started using it and was hoping to talk to people who know what they're doing, and that may have experience working with it. Thanks.
Summary: very good quality begginer slr but it is important to note it is manual focus! alows great range of second hand and new lenses giving near pro results. rugged metal/plastic body, and has mechanical shooting modes (allowing it to operate without batteries), requires seperate hotshoe flash or cable flash, accepting dedicated pentax flash on auto/125 setting.
Pros: won't bracket above iso 800 or take 3200 film, no automatic exposure lock
Cons: won''t bracket above iso 800 or take 3200 film, no automatic exposure lock
Excerpt: Back in 1976, when the MX and ME came out, I did not even consider the ME. It had to be manual for me. I have an inherent desire for simplicity and control where possible It was the MX I chose. Last year, while buying a lens, it came attached to an ME Super. I really wasn't interested in it, but there it was. It was in near mint condition, so I thought a film test would be informative.
Excerpt: The first thing that catch you about this camera is its HUGE viewfinder, it is such a pleasure to look throug it. When you than switch to modern DSLRs you just wonder why, WHY they are now making such small and dim ones, even on hi-end bodies of Canicon..
Excerpt: Every time I look through the huge bright viewfinder, I smile. It's ridiculously small, fits perfectly in my hands, and I get great results in auto mode using exposure compensation. I love tearing the flap off of a roll of film and sticking it in the memo holder. 1/2000th allows me to use wider apertures and shoot faster film outdoors. I shoot film slowly, so if I have Pro 800z or Neopan 1600 loaded, I like to be able to still shoot outdoors.