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canon ae 1, double expose?

I have a canon AE1 and I was curious if the camera has a feature so I can take double exposures.

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5/5/2004 7:30:41 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Try holding in the film rewind button after the first shot.
Keep it depressed while activating the film advance lever.
This should cock the shutter for the second shot without advancing the film.

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5/5/2004 7:45:47 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  It's not covered in the manual, but if you press the Film Rewind Button on the bottom of the camera you can then use the Film Advance Lever to recock the shutter without advancing the film. Recocking the shutter also re-engages the film advance, so after taking the second exposure the film will advance normally.

This is not a precise function, the film may (or may not) move a tiny bit when the Film Rewind Button releases the ratchet of the take-up spool.

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5/5/2004 7:54:25 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  Just press and holding the Film Rewind Button and wind the film will not work. I have both the AT-1 and Ftb, which have the similar film advance mechanism as the AE-1 that prevents double exposure. However, I finally found a Ftb manual and this is what it said about double exposure:

Although the Canon Ftb is designed to prevent double exposures being made by mistake, a double exposure can be made by the following steps:
1. When the first exposure has been made, depress the film rewind button.
2. Rewind the film with the film rewind crank while watching the mark on the film rewind button carefully.
3. Stop rewinding when the mark has made a 7/8 turn, i.e., 315 degree.
4. Next, wind the film advance lever while lightly holding the rewinding crank. When resistance is felt on the film rewind crank, stop winding.
5. Wind the film advance lever once more. The camera is ready for another exposure.
* By repeating the above process, any number of exposures on the same frame can be made. However, the frame counter will continue to advance with each exposure.

Hope this helps.

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5/5/2004 12:51:06 PM

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