Camera review: The Pentax MeSuper

Camera review: The Pentax MeSuper

I’m Joel Zorrilla and this is why I shoot with review of the Pentax MeSuper.

My father is a professional photographer. Born in the 1950s he went through every type of film camera that he could get his hands on. When I told him I had recently purchased the Pentax MeSuper, produced in the 1980’s, he had two things to say about old Pentax film cameras. The first was that Pentax was considered at the time of production the “working man’s camera”, sturdy and reliable. The second was a piece of advice, that these old cameras with time and wear and tear had developed a lag in the shutter, so the ISO should be adjusted accordingly. 

Everything he said has been true so far, it’s a small sturdy camera that produces great results. And as promised, if the ISO isn’t adjusted by a notch or two on the dial, the pictures would turn out overexposed.  Old film cameras are usually heavy and far from portable, the MeSuper is an exception to that rule (slightly). As I carried it through a three month backpacking journey through Southeast Asia with minimal difficulties. 

All in all it’s a great starter camera for those interested in entering the 35mm world. It is considered a more advanced version of its cousin the Pentax K1000 or the Pentax ME. The camera is very simple to use, you can put it in AUTO mode and just adjust the aperture for easy shooting. It also has full manual mode, helped along by the very accurate light meter. The image quality is crisp and clear enough for such a small no frills SLR camera.

Joel Zorrilla

Joel Zorrilla

A opinionated travel food blogger who loves film photography. @jlzrrll

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