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Multiple exposures

The Minolta 9000's multiple-exposure button enables cocking the shutter without advancing the film. When multiple exposures are made, the frame number does not change until the film is actually advanced. To use:

  1. Make the first exposure in the usual way.
  2. While pressing the multiple-exposure button all the way in, operate the film-advance lever to cock the shutter for the next exposure.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make additional exposures. After making the final exposure, release the multiple-exposure button and wind the film as usual. This will now advance the film to the next frame.

Determining exposure

The following suggestions can serve as basic starting points for determining correct exposure. However, subject matter, lighting conditions and your own intentions will all determine the final results.

  • When making two exposures of evenly illuminated subjects that fill most of the frame, set exposure adjustment to -1.0. This will decrease exposure for each shot by one half and the cumulative exposure should be correct. For four exposures, set adjustment to -2.0, and so on.
  • For multiple exposures of subjects against a dark background which do not overlap each other, exposure adjustment is not usually required.
  • There is no way to lock the multiple exposure button in. That means that the button must be pressed all the time; it also means that the feature isn't suitable for exposures longer than 1/60, as camera shake will be introduced if keeping the button pressed.
  • If the Motor Drive MD-90 is used, its internal counter will increment with every exposure. It needs to be reset manually.

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This is a detail from a picture taken using double exposure -- namely, seven exposures on one frame (using a Dynax 7 and not a 9000). By varying exposure between shots, you can get different opacity for every exposure and use that to "layer" the shots.

Mounting index Bayonet mount Aperture stopdown pin Lens lock pin Lens release button Self timer LED Shutter speed up/down control DOF preview switch Lens contacts Aperture up/down control Focus mode switch Remote control terminal (covered) Matte screen Bottom contacts for accessories Battery compartment Rewind release Coupler for motorized film winding Coupler for motorized film rewind Handgrip PC socket Focus drive coupler Mirror Tripod socket Serial number Back release lock Lighting window Diopter adjustment dial Eyepiece shutter lever AEL button Accessory shoe Finder Film window Film advance lever On/off switch Multiple exposure button Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Exposure mode selector Shutter release button Self timer switch Exposure adjustment button Frame counter Back release/ rewind crank / metering selector ISO adjustment button Film guide rails Film guide rails Back removal lever Take up spool Shutter curtains Film winding sprockets Accessory back contacts Back release latch Rewind prong DX contacts Back/top Front/bottom Film chamber Alphabetical