Any Canon T-90 users out there?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Dick R., Jun 3, 2005.

  1. Dick R.

    Dick R. Guest

    Hi all,
    I'm wondering if there are other T-90 users out there,
    and if you've had good luck with the camera. I purchased
    a gently used T-90 in 1987 and despite reports of
    sticky shutters and the necessity of replacing the
    internal battery, I've had good luck. Before loading
    a new roll of film, I'll blast off some shots to "exercise"
    the shutter. It took me a long time to learn all the
    capabilities of this camera, and I recently purchased another
    Any other Canon FD T-90 (or even A-1) junkies out there?

    Just curious,
    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 3, 2005
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  2. Yes - bought one about 4 weeks ago. It's in nearly mint condition, and
    works fine. It's allowed me to take photographs with a small collection of
    FD lenses left to me by my mother. I sold her TLb some years ago as the
    1/500 max shutter speed wasn't really compatible with today's generally
    faster films. Not sure about being a T90 junkie as my T90 has competition
    from my Nikon F3...
    Malcolm Stewart, Jun 4, 2005
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    That_Rich Guest

    Been shooting A series Canons since 1982. Currently own A1, AE 1P x 2
    and FTBn.
    All work as new along with a decent collection of FD glass.....
    35-105 two touch
    50/1.8 x 2
    100/4 macro + fd50u

    Recently gave a pal a 35/2 and am considering the purchase of a
    7.5/5.6 from another bud.... if I can get him even lower than his
    already very reasonable price :)


    That_Rich, Jun 4, 2005
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    Dick R. Guest

    Hey Malcolm,
    I hope you enjoy your T-90, and I hope you have an instruction manual. :)
    It took me quite awhile to learn all the capabilities of the T-90
    (especially with the 300TL flash). I certainly can't discount Nikon,
    they make great cameras, but I was "born and raised" on the Canon FD

    Take care, and take some great shots!
    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 4, 2005
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    Dick R. Guest

    Hey, can I just call you RP? :)
    You're a couple of lenses up on me. A 20/2.8 must be a fun lens,
    and the 100/4 macro is something I've always wanted. I have a couple
    of T-90s that I dearly love, but I also have a couple of A-1s (one
    with a motor drive) that I love also. In these times, I hate to admit
    that I love to "fondle" the A-1 with the motor drive. It's heavy but,
    dam, what a piece of machinery! Keep on snapping with your FD stuff
    (I will too) and take care.
    Dick R.
    Dick R., Jun 4, 2005
  6. Yes, I have both a downloaded manual, and for bedtime reading, a paper
    version which I bought for £5 at the very next camera fair after getting my
    T90. Am currently awaiting the return of some T90 K25 slides from Lausanne.
    I note that there's a 300TL flash at the shop where I bought my T90, and if
    I did much flash work I'd buy it.
    FD Lens collection is modest -
    50 f1.8 (3x !) - the original TLb B/L, mint, but very slow to change; & 2x
    FD "bayonet", both mint. Last one purchased with the T90.
    50 f1.4 (2x) - one poor, with scratched rear element & mis-assembled innerds
    leading to over-exposure*; and one with minor mark on front element, but
    hopefully OK otherwise. (Hence the K25 tests.)
    * I'm not often had with s/h purchases, but I definitely was with this piece
    of good looking junk. Being an FD type, it's only possible to see the
    stopped down aperture blades errors when fitted to a body which I didn't
    have with me when purchasing.
    28 f2.8 - mint
    135 f3.5 - mint.
    I did buy an AT1 a few years ago but its metering isn't reliable enough for
    slides, so the recent T90 purchase is my first chance in >20 years to try
    out my mother's lenses which worked well for her in landscape photography.
    Malcolm Stewart, Jun 4, 2005
  7. Hello Malcolm and other A and T enthusiasts.
    Malcolm - I've had a T90 and its 300TL flash almost since the launch of the
    If the flash is a reasonable price (they have been selling at £130+ but
    currently seem to be on offer for around £65 - £95) then get it if you can
    afford it.
    I used mine in TTL spot metering mode a lot and got photos correctly exposed
    where, without spot metering, they'd have been way off due to the contrast
    between subject and surroundings.
    Best example is a bride and groom dancing in a room with dark wooden walls.

    For what it is worth, I have FD lenses ranging from 24mm through to 500mm.
    Biggest surprise was to see the 70-210mm zoom rated as best in a magazinje
    review years ago. The review included the independents (Tamron, Sigma etc)
    and it was unusual to see the independents not coming out as best buy.

    Regards, Ian.
    Fred Anonymous, Jun 4, 2005
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    Yuki Guest

    Not really junkie but I had returned to photography after many years and had
    bought a T90 and several lenses as a balance beetwen system performance,
    availability and price.
    I'm pretty happy with the results, mostly slides developed at home.

    As you had found the sticky sutters are a consecuence of lack of exercise and
    the backup battery is exactly that, if the camera had good main batteries all
    the time the backup battery can last many decades.

    My equipment:

    -T90 (date code A0717, according to some webpages that means 1984, ¿can anybody
    shed light over this?)

    -Canon 20mm f2.8 FDn
    -Carl Zeiss Jena 24mm f2.8 (surprisingly good for the price)
    -Canon 35-70mm f2.8 FDn
    -Tokina 28-70mm f3.5-4.5
    -Canon 50mm f1.8 FDn
    -Canon 80-200mm f4 L

    I'm waiting for a TL300 and a lot of macro equipment to arrive and thinking
    about buying a second body with several L lenses that had been offered. Doubts,

    Yuki, Jun 4, 2005
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    Joseph Kewfi, Jun 4, 2005
  10. FYI, almost all of the newer EOS speedlites work with the T90 in TTL

    Dave Herzstein, Jun 6, 2005

  11. Hey, that's what I've got! (T90 and A1)

    AFAIK, the shutter problem can be largely avoided by simply using the
    thing on a regular basis. Is it's sat for over a month, you may wish to
    sacrafice a frame of film and make a multiple exposure, just to
    excercise the shutter.

    If you're not familiar with it, practice with the multi-spot metering
    and highlight/shadow buttons. You can meter several areas in the scene,
    then place them at a given exposure value with a H/S adjustment. This
    is, IMO!, the camera's best feature. Very handy!

    Not to blow yahoo's horn (their groups service generaly sucks) but there
    are two more active discussion boards you may want to check out.

    Enjoy your Tank!

    Greg Campbell, Jun 7, 2005
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