Digicam evaluation: Pentax ME Tremendous (that includes Portra 400 and SMC-M collection lenses) – by Trevor Hong

I hated digital cameras as a result of individuals maintain saying “they will break”. That was till I stumbled throughout the Pentax ME Tremendous. The truth is, I had the prospect to make use of the unique ME model that my boss handed me and I completely fell in love with the Pentax 35mm – the ME Tremendous is actually an enchancment of the unique ME.

I am utilizing Pentax 67 and everyone knows how nice the lenses with the legendary SMC coating are. And now that I am studying extra into it, I understand that Pentax was actually on the forefront of each the optics and the digital camera physique. Nikon could also be one of many giants of the movie world, however Pentax was the OG that day. Fortunately, Nikon is within the limelight for at present’s movie digital camera, so I really obtained “this digital camera at a thrift retailer for $5” (insert Jason Kummerfeld’s joke). Heck, the B+W filter I discovered on the lens was far more costly than the entire set.

However simply because it is low-cost doesn’t suggest it is getting much less. Right here are some things I like concerning the Pentax ME Tremendous.

1. Excessive, and correct shutter pace

ME can shoot as much as tremendous 1/2000th For a second, guess which digital camera can do the identical factor however is much more costly? That is appropriate, Nikon F3, Additionally, do not take my level evenly, however there have been some rumors that Pentax (and the F3 too) makes use of digital and magnet to time their shutters, in order that they often do not go fully ineffective after some time – mechanical cameras; And I feel that is considerably true, as my digital camera (each the now-former Nikon F3P and ME Tremendous) nonetheless produces correct shutter speeds.

Additionally, as a result of the ME Tremendous is so low-cost as of late, I often have 1-2 backup our bodies and if it breaks, I am going to simply be a pleasant cute wanting paperweight and I will not be so unhappy to say, If a F3 breaks.

2. exact auto mode And Enormous viewfinder

The metering on the digital camera is “tremendous” correct, one thing I’ve by no means doubted for the metering functionality of this digital camera. For all of the pictures I take, I often get 36-38 pictures of totally uncovered photographs per roll. Aside from the F3, it is the one handbook digital camera I am going to depend on with my slide films.

The viewfinder can be “tremendous” spacious, with 0.95x magnification in a compact physique with steel shutter, even bigger than its rival Olympus OM-1 which has solely 0.92x magnification with material shutter.

Viewfinder 0.95x magnification and 1/2000s . is vibrant and spacious with shutter speeds of as much as

Listed below are some pictures to point out the metering of the ME Tremendous, all on the Kodak Portra 400 (wedding ceremony pics) and Kodak Gold 200 (cat pics) on the SMC-M 50mm f/1.4 and SMC-M 28mm f/ Shot utilizing 2.8.

3. Straightforward loading mechanism and movie examine

ME Tremendous has a mechanism the place you possibly can load your film simply, all you must do is slide your film into a type of white slots to the left of the film bay and voila, you are executed.

I’ve by no means needed to fear about my movie not loading correctly, as there are two different issues on the digital camera that may assist me see if the film loaded appropriately. The primary is the rewind lever (clearly on each digital camera) and the second is a window on the facet of the movie chief (see picture above proper) to let in case your movie is loaded appropriately: it begins to vibrate as you push the movie ahead. If it isn’t transferring, it means one thing is improper.

You could have an interest…


Nothing is ideal, and neither is that this cute child.

nightmare mannual mode

This digital camera is made to be used in auto mode, thus, utilizing handbook mode on it’s a nightmare. There is not any metering needle, so adjusting shutter pace utilizing the up/down buttons (sure you learn that proper, there is not any dial, solely a button) to the specified pace is not actually enjoyable.

no AE-lock

There is not any automated publicity/AE lock operate within the ME Tremendous, in order you progress your digital camera, the metering adjustments primarily based on what’s within the heart of the body. So typically should you run into actually robust lighting circumstances it may possibly mess up your metering (it’s going to lean in the direction of the highlights). However that is if you swap it to handbook mode when metering highlights, mid, and shadows, or publicity compensation (extra on this within the subsequent title).

publicity compensation is misleading

It is simply me, however I feel the publicity compensation on the ME Tremendous and a whole lot of Pentax cameras is complicated AF*. Critically, “no compensation/zero/0” is 1x, 1 cease over is 2x, 1 cease beneath 1/2x is not very easy to know for a digital camera constructed for the typical client.

The numbering system is expounded to the additional/much less quantity of sunshine that every +/- cease of publicity gives and I imply, you’ll get used to it however if you end up a primary time person of this digital camera it’s actually annoying .


All and all, this one”Excellentb” Digicam (sorry for all of the horrible sentences). It’s small, compact (barely smaller than the Olympus OM-1), gives correct metering, a excessive high shutter pace and is not over hyped movie digital camera. Pentax lenses have at all times been nice with their super-multi-coating that reduces flare, good distinction, and good decision.

Thanks for studying!

~ Trevor

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