The second to the last model of Canon’s final series of manual focus 35mm SLR cameras, the Canon T90 was also the top of the line in the T series. Find out more about this burly workhorse of a camera in this installment of Lomopedia!
Introduced in 1986, the Canon T90 was the Japanese camera maker’s last professional-level manual-focus camera, and the last professional camera to have the Canon FD lens mount. This model was the top of the line in Canon’s T series, which in turn was the company’s last line of manual focus 35mm SLR cameras.
The T90 was certainly a large workhorse of a camera, and for its ruggedness, Japanese photojournalists nicknamed it “the tank.” Ergonomics certainly had a big chunk in the camera’s design, and a lot of work went into suiting the position of the controls to the user, rather than basing the form on the required locations of mechanical controls. Film transport control was no longer required on the T90, and the other controls were no longer mechanically linked, allowing designers more freedom to fashion the body in such a way that it would be easier to hold and operate.
Among the T90’s list of noteworthy features are its three metering systems, eight autoexposure modes, two manual exposure modes, and the built-in motor drive powered by four AA batteries that can shoot a maximum of 4.5 fps in the lenses in full aperture mode.
- Type: 35mm focal-plane shutter SLR camera with built-in motor drive and multi-mode AE
- Normal Lens: FD 50mm f/1.4, others
- Lens Mount: FD mount
- Shutter: Vertical-travel, focal-plane electronic shutter. With multi-program AE and preset aperture AE: B, 30, 20, 15, 10, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1.5, 1, 0.7, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/30, 1/45, 1/60, 1/90, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000 sec. X-sync at 1/250 sec. Second-curtain synchronization enabled. Built-in electronic self-timer (with blinking LCD). Shutter speeds settable in whole-or half-stop increments.
- Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.77x magnification and 94% coverage. Laser Matte with microprism/new split combination rangefinder. Eight interchangeable focusing screens including standard Type E.
- Viewfinder Information: AE lock display, shutter speed, aperture, manual, flash ready, exposure compensation, correct exposure, remaining-frame count, exposure scale, multi-spot metering, FE lock, partial metering circle and spot metering circle at center, H/S control, and other indications.
- Metering & Exposure Control: Composite SPC for TTL full-aperture metering (centerweighted averaging, partial metering at center, spot metering at center) with shutter speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, variable shift program AE (7 modes), manual, TTL preset aperture AE, and aperture-set. AE lock provided. Exposure compensation range of ±2 EV (in 1/3-stop increments). Metering range at ISO 100 and f/1.4: EV 1 – 20. Film speed range from ISO 6 to 6400.
- External LCD: Picture-taking modes, film-loaded indicator, film transport, exposure compensation, bulb time, multiple exposure setting and count, self-timer countdown, and other indications.
- Power Source: Four 1.5 V size-AA batteries (Ni-Cd batteries also compatible). Lithium BR-1225 or CR-1220 for memory backup power.
- Film Loading & Advance: After aligning film leader at mark, close camera back for auto loading. Continuous shooting at 4.5 fps (H), 2 fps (L), or 1 fps (S).
- Film Rewind: Auto rewind with built-in motor. Midroll rewind enabled.
- Dimensions & Weight: 153 × 121 × 69 mm, 800 g