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General Description

This beautiful manual focus camera was introduced together with the MX as its electronical twin. In 1976, is was the smallest SLR available. Like its successor, the ME Super, the ME lacks the "pro" features of the MX (DOF preview, full mechanical construction, interchangeable screens, aperture indication in the viewfinder) but offers convenience. Expept for "1/100" and "B", it offers aperture-priority operation, only. It is plentiful on the second-hand market.

The "SE" in the ME SE body stands for "special eddition." However, the only known difference (except for the color of the leatherette) is that the focusing screen of the SE body is diagonally split, and that of the non-SE body horizontally-split.

Product Variations
Years of Production1976 ~ 19811976 ~ 1981unknown ~ unknown
Availabilityabout once a week, usedabout once a month, usedonce in a lifetime, used
Catalog Number0600006010unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens MountK
Mount LimitationsThe lens must be set to a numerical aperture
Self-Timer4 ~ 12 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Releasemechanical
Infra-Red Release
Additional Features
Width x Height x Depth131 x 82.5 x 49.5 mm
Weight460 g
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted
Metering Modes with A and newer Lensescenter-weighted
Meter MaterialGPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-2 (1 EV steps)
Exposure Lock
Meter Range1 ~ 19 EV
Manual ISO Range12 ~ 1600 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds8 ~ 1/1000, B
Mechanical SpeedsX, B
Magnification [Coverage]0.87x [92%]
Aperture Indication
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries2 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shootingmanual wind lever
Compatible with Winder(s)ME, ME II
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
Synchronization Speed(s)1/100 ~ 8, B
Built-In Flash
Fitting Case(s)soft case: ME super MG