I was initially introduced to the T90 when, in a horrible coincidence, two of my Canon AE-1s were in need of repair. The camera was loaned to me by my local shop while I waited for my AE-1s. I was given this specific camera because, at the time, it was the only one the shop had which also used the FD lens system. So, I’d be free to use my lenses with it.
Not familiar with the T90, it was explained to me that this was the last major Canon camera with an FD mount. And, in fact, it got largely overlooked as the EOS system was released about a year after this camera came out. People were, apparently, more excited for the auto-focus capabilities of Canon’s new line than in the brand’s last professional manual-focus camera.
I’ll be completely honest—I was a little skeptical. Being used to (and preferring) the simplicity of cameras such as the AE-1, I wasn’t sure I’d like such a modern camera. The T90 has all of the features one would expect from a modern SLR… other than auto-focus, of course.
OK, so this thing is a tank. But, its weight doesn’t feel too bad thanks to great ergonomics. As many of you know, I often have to turn my camera upside-down to take certain double exposures. And, one of my first questions regarding handling this beast was “will it feel as good inverted as the AE-1s.” The feel of this, of course, is a little difficult to describe. So, to really show how the T90 handles upside-down, I think it’s best to show a shot from it next to a similar shot from an AE-1: