Modern Classic SLRs Series :
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1. Built-in Motor Drive
A high film winding speed requires a high powersource voltage, which in the past has meant a lot of batteries. Unfortunately a lot of batteries make a camera heavy and very inconvenient to carry. The "realization of both low voltage and high film winding speed" has therefore long been a dream of camera makers. But Canon challenged the inconsistency of a low voltage (i.e., a few batteries), high film winding speed camera, and came up with the
*3-motor system of the T90. This camera has a built-in motor drive capable of a maximum of 4.5 frames/sec, using only 4 size-AA batteries. There are three possible film winding speeds HIGH (4.5 f.p.s.), LOW (2 f.p.s.), and SINGLE. Also, the automatic film winding speed changeover function will change the film winding speed from HIGH to LOW mode when battery power drops below a prescribed voltage, so more pictures can be taken with the same batteries.

* There are three motors, for mechanism charge, film transport system and film rewind, respectively, inside the camera. Each motor is designed to best serve its specific function, and the overall efficiency of camera operation has thus been improved.

2. Complete Automation of Film Transport System An efficient film transport system (film load, wind and rewind) is indispensable, but has little to do with the photographer's final purpose. With the T90, the complete automation of the film transport system is based on the concept: "the operation which does not relate to the photographer's objectives should be automated completely".

a. Auto Load: As soon as the back cover is closed after the film has been loaded, the camera advances the film to the first usable frame (approx. 2 sees).
b. Auto Wind: The film is advanced to the next frame after exposure so you can always be looking through the viewfinder and never miss a shot.
c. Auto rewind: At the end of the roll, the camera rewinds the film and then stops (approx. 8 sees using 24-exp. film).

3. Automatic Film Speed Setting (DX Code)

When using a film with a DX code, the film speed is automatically set according to the DX code standard determined (ISO 25 - 5000). When using a film without a DX code, a manual film speed setting is also possible, from a range of ISO 6 - 6400. (Click here to see
how DX code works)

4. Versatile Shooting Modes

The T90 has various shooting modes to meet the photographer's needs. The shooting modes of the T90 are 1 ) shutter-priority AE, 2) aperturepriority AE, 3) standard program AE 4) variableshift program AE (select from seven kinds), 5) manual override, 6) stopped-down AE and 7) stopped-down fixed index metering.

5. Versatile Metering Modes

The T90 is the world's first camera to have all three metering distribution patterns, i.e. centerweighted average metering, partial metering, and spot metering, built into one camera and used by switching among the three patterns. Multi-spot metering is also possible with a special button. In addition, the spot metering mode has a memory function (approx. 30 sees) and the AE lock mechanism comes on in both the partial and spot metering modes when the shutter button is pressed down halfway. Exposure compensation includes two methods: the exposure compensation index, which increments by 1 /3-steps, and the H/S control by 1 /2-step increments. H/S control helps reproduce black and white faithfully.

Contents in this Instructiuon Manual:

Main Features : Introduction
Operation Summary
Preliminary Preparations
1. Attaching the Lens
2. Setting the Lens for AE Photography
3. Loading the Batteries
4. Turning on the Camera
5. Checking the Batteries
6. Loading the Film : < Automatic Setting of the Film Speed >

Shooting with the
Lens Set on "A" Mark (Basic Operation)
1.Setting the Film Winding Mode: a. Single frame shooting
b. Continuous shooting: <Automatic Film Winding Speed Changeover Function >
2.Setting the Shooting Mode: <Shooting Modes of the T90>
1 Shutter-priority AE; 2 Aperture-priority AE; 3 Standard program AE; 4 Variable-shift program AE.: < Setting Each Mode >
3.Setting the Metering Mode: < Metering Modes of the T90 >
1 Center-weighted average metering; 2 Partial metering; 3 Spot metering
< Setting Each Mode >
4.How to Use the Metering Modes
6.Shooting: < Exposure Preview Button >; < Remaining Frame Counter >; <Viewfinder Display Selector>:
7. Automatic Film Rewind < Manual Film Rewind >

Shooting with the Lens Set on "A" Mark (Intermediate Operation)
1. Spot Metering - a. One-point spot metering: < Exposure Level Difference Comparison >
2. Multi-spot metering
3.H/S Control: < Highlight control >; < Shadow control >

Shooting with the Lens off "A" Mark
1. Manual Override
2. Stopped-down AE: <Checking-Depth-of-field >; < Error Display >
3. Stopped-down (Fixed Index) Metering: < Manual Diaphragm Control >; <Film Plane Indicator>
4. Bulb

Other Shooting/Exposure Compensation
1. Self-timer Photography
2. Exposure Compensation
<Exposure Compensation
3. Multiple Exposures: < Clearing the Preset Exposures >;< Changing the Preset Exposures >; < Exposure Compensation in Multiple Exposures >
4. Shooting with Infrared Film
5. Flash Photography: <Canon Speedlite 300TL>; < 0ther Canon Speedlites >; <Other Makers' Flashes>

Accessories: Speedlite 300TL; Data Memory Back 90; Command Back 90
Caring for Your Camera;
Macro Ring ML-2,Wireless Controller LC-2, Multiple Flash Accessories, Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Eyecup, Positioning Guide; Close-up/ Macrophotography Accessories; Remote Swith 60T3; Lens Hood
Interchangeable Focusing Screens
Other Notes: LCD; Back-up Batteries; HELP display; using Canon Extenders
Care and Maintainance
Exposure Warning Displays
Display Panel
Viewfinder Information


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Credit: Mr. Richard Yeow, General Manager -Optical Division of Canon Marketing, Tony Kano, former regional head of Canon in Asean Region, for granting special permission to reproduce this manual into HTML format in his site as a form of obligation to all the T90 users worldwide. Pawel Nabe for his image on the Data Memory Back. EEwyn Foo, my nephew, who has spent quite a number of nights converting the original manual in HTML format. Maintenance Team: Kaipin, Terry Carraway & Dr Strangelove; Tom Scott, for his images of the SPD cell, Chris Tutti for his initial effort to scan and prepared the T90 manual in PDF format. My staffs Miss Wati and Mirza for helping the basic setup work. * Canon, T90, FD Lenses, Canon Marketing are registered trade names or trademarks of Canon Inc. Japan.

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