Multiple Exposures on AE-1 : LUSENET : Canon FD : One Thread

Please forgive if this is a simple question, but can the AE-1 do multiple exposures? Thanks, ...

-- Joseph Tomkiewicz (, April 03, 2001


Probably. The way it would normally work with a camera of this type is this way:

--Advance the film. --Make sure the film is taut by winding the rewind crank a bit without pushing the rewind button. --Take the first exposure. --Press and release the rewind button, then crank the film advance as if you were advancing one frame. If the camera can do multiple exposures, it should charge the shutter without advancing the film. Watch the rewind knob as you wind the shutter to see whether the film is being advanced at the same time.

-- David Goldfarb (, April 03, 2001.

David is right with his advice. It is not perfect, but it will work.

If you want to do lots of multiple exposures, get an A-1 or T90. The A-1 has a multiple exposure lever under the film wind lever. Push that and the film wind only cocks the shutter. The T90 allows you tell it how many exposures you want to make, then it cocks the shutter, but does not advance the film for that many shots.

I am not sure how the F-1 models handle multi exposure.

-- Terry Carraway (, April 04, 2001.

Thanks-- works as advertised.

-- Joseph Tomkiewicz (, April 05, 2001.

Yes you can. Having read instructions for the FTb, I worked out a similar (though not identical) routin for the AE-1 (deliberately trashing a "free" film as I did). Mine is an original AE-1 not an AE1- P, which as far as I can tell is a 100% new camera with at least as much in common with an A1 as an AE1.

If you follow the naive instructions of just pressing the rewind button then winding on, your film will advance by about 1/3 of a frame. So the solution is to rewind your film just enough before winding on. Here's how:

1. Take your first photo as normal but don't wind on. 2. look under your camera and note the position of the white dot on the rewind button. 3. take up any slack on the rewind crank. 4. press the rewind button and carefully rewind the film until the white dot has turned a little less than 3/8 of a turn 5. wind on. The rewind button should spring out and wind forward to the oriinal position noted in (2) above. 6. take the second exposure.

You can of course repeat this as often as required.

I would not expect perfect registration as the film does move, but you should be within 1/2mm, which is fine for many applications.

Good luck.


-- Roger Broadbent (, April 16, 2001.

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