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Pentax ME

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-01-30

Pentax ME

Made between 1976 to 1979 and was replaced with the improved Pentax ME Super version.

Technical info

Lens mount: Pentax K (PK)
Shutter speeds: 1/1000s to 8s + B (Bulb)
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 12 - 1600)
Battery: two 1.5v SR44 or one 3v equivalent
Flash: Hot shoe + X sync connection (sync 1/100 sec)
Weight: 462g


Pentax Winder ME II

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating + Sounds
Pentax ME


Huge size and good brightness.

Left side shows the text Over - then under this all the shutter speeds from 1/1000 - 8s then the text Under.
Small red led blinks on which speed will be used.

Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

Electronically controlled.

Build quality:

Very good and solid.

Look and feel:
It's a very small but looks great and have a nice feel.


One of the smallest full frame SLRs I have seen.
But Pentax still manage to squees a great and huge viewfinder.
It's solid and have a nice feel.

Not a huge fan of the lack of setting options and you only have, L (Lock), Auto, 100X and B (Bulb)
Do also have a exposure comp - or +.

Don't have any mirror lock and the mirror don't get up first when you use the self-timer.

This a great camera for those that looking for a simple auto shutter camera.

Thumbs up:
Build quality and feel

Great viewfinder

Thumbs down:

Few settings and no manual shutter
No mirror lock

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