Item 2005.006.13.66 - Pentax ME

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Pentax ME

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  • 1977-1979 (Creation)
    Asahi Optical Co., Ltd.

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4 pieces of photograpic equipment : 1 camera, 3 lenses.

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Item is a Pentax chrome and black 35mm single lens reflex camera with strap and Asahi SMC Pentax-M 1:1.7 50mm lens. An aperture priority automatic camera, with an electronic focal plane shutter from 8s to 1/1000, synchronized at 1/100. The ME has a vertically moving metal shutter with no shutter dial. The camera contains an exposure meter (TTL open aperture center weighted type) that is activated by a slight pressure on the release button. The 0.97× viewfinder, covers 92% of the field and the fixed finder screen has a split image and a microprism ring in the center. The shutter speed chosen by the camera was displayed in the finder, the aperture was not.

The ME has interchangeable lenses with a K mount. This camera was donated with 2 additional lenses, a SMC Pentax-M 1:3.5 28mm Asahi and a 75-205mm 1:3.8 Vivitar zoom lens.

The ME was replaced in 1979 by the Pentax ME Super and the Pentax MV.

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Item is from the Jack Brannigan donation, accession number 2012.015. Moved to the Heritage Camera Collection in 2013.

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