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CCR Review 62 – Canon T90

The Canon T90 is a camera since I first laid eyes on it during the first season of the Classic Camera Revival Podcast, I think it was even at the first recording session we did. While the T-Series of cameras are not well viewed, many of them cheap and looking more like that 1980s VCR look you find with the early Minolta Maxxums, the T90 is the odd-man out in the series. Big thanks to Mike Bitaxi for the loan!

CCR Review 62 - Canon T90

The Dirt

  • Make: Canon
  • Model: T90
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135 (35mm), 36×24
  • Len: Interchangeable, Canon FD Mount
  • Year of Manufacture: 1986-1987

CCR Review 62 - Canon T90

CCR Review 62 - Canon T90

The Good
If you’ve read through many of these reviews, and if you’re still around, thank you, but the biggest thing I can be overly critical about is the physical feel of a camera. The T90 is no slouch, while the majority of the T-Series are boxes, the T90 is a sleek killing machine. Boxy angles are replaced with smooth lines, something you would see in a modern SLR. This makes the camera comfortable to handle and use even for an extended period. And despite the added weight from the larger size and the six AA batteries that power it, the camera is well balanced. Speaking of the AA batteries, the camera can be powered no matter where you find yourself. General use is spot on, with automatic film loading that seems to come out of the Quick Load system. Then there is the meter, even in the appalling weather I was shooting the camera in, and rain spotted lens the meter was spot on with the exposure, and that was running it in full auto-exposure. I’m sure the same power would be brought for semi-automatic and manual modes. And finally, you can get one relatively cheap on the used market not to mention a broad range of inexpensive glass in the FD mount.

CCR Review 62 - Canon T90

CCR Review 62 - Canon T90

The Bad
Just don’t forget that we’re talking about a thirty-year-old camera, and the biggest issue that the T90 suffers is the electronic failure. If you’re a shooter of the T90, you have heard of the dreaded EEE error. Of course, that means that you’ll need to either get a repair done on it or simply replace the unit. At least there’s still a camera shop out there that can do a full refurbishment on the camera. Despite how well the camera handles it suffers from the one big issue that I have with all Canon cameras, the lack of a second command dial. Now most later EOS cameras have a second thumb dial on the camera back; the T90 lacks this. I guess I’m just used to that on Nikons, but it does pose an issue when shooting outside of semi and fully automatic exposure modes. And finally the buttons are difficult to understand what they’re for without a manual, it took the help of Mike to figure out how to put the camera in Auto-Exposure and Matrix/Average metering mode.

CCR Review 62 - Canon T90

CCR Review 62 - Canon T90

The Lowdown
The T90 is an odd-duck of a camera, and I’m surprised it was never marketed to the Professional market, like the T-1 to bring a sleeker camera to the market with all new features than keeping the old F-1 line going. I mean the camera itself has your favourite parts of the Nikon F3 and the best parts of the F4, and you have something close to the T90. It’s a camera that is perfect for anyone who has a large selection of FD mount lenses. The trouble is that shortly after the T90 came out, Minolta released the autofocus system with the Maxxum line of cameras and Canon was quick on the take and released the EOS system shortly after the T90 rendering the camera and the entire manual focus line of cameras and lenses obsolete.

All Photos taken in Acton, Ontario, Canada
Canon T90 – Vivitar Auto Wide-Angle f=28mm 1:2.5 – JCH Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Blazinal (1+50) 22:00 @ 20C

Classic Camera Revival – Episode 24 – Something New


So we’ve come to the end of another year and another season of the Classic Camera Revival Podcast! So why not look back at the year that was and check out what new things the gang has discovered!

Cameras Featured on Today’s Episode…

Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – While not a new camera for Mike, what’s new for him is finding a Working example of this fine SLR from Cold War Germany! With Carl Zeiss Optics and Semi-Automatic Exposure it’s a great little camera that feels good in the hand.

CCR Review 48 - Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B

The Dirt

  • Make: Zeiss Ikon
  • Model: Contaflex Super B
  • Type: Single Lens Reflex
  • Format: 135, 35x24mm
  • Year of Manufacture: 1963

Tasty Treats
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 35mm ƒ/3.2 – Fujifilm Reala 100

Missing A Bar
Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm ƒ/2.8 – Fujicolor 100 @ ASA-50

Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm ƒ/2.8 – Fuji NPS160

Cambo Legend 8×10 – Donna’s trip to the large side saw her pick up a wonderful 8×10 monorail, easy to use and a cheap way to get started on the very expensive side of large format photography!

The Dirt

  • Make: Cambo
  • Model: Legend
  • Type: View Camera, Monorail
  • Format: Sheet, 8×10
  • Year of Manufacture: 1990s

Film Featured on Today’s Episode…

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400 – A brand new, redeveloped film stock from Bellamy, the gentleman behind the popular Japan Camera Hunter site and supplier of rare and odd cameras to the North American market from Japan. He decided to bring back a reformulated version of an Agfa Surveillance film. Remember, it’s not dead stock, it’s fresh! You can buy it directly from Japan Camera Hunter at his site, or pick up a roll or two from Downtown Camera in Toronto, Ontario!

TFSM - Summer '16
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ @ 20C

TFSM - Fall '16
Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – JCH Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Ilford Perceptol (1+1) 10:00 @ 20C

Ending the Day
Nikon F5 – AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8G – JCH Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Ilford Ilfosol 3 (1+3) 5:00 @ 20C

ORWO UN54+ – Another old/new discovery. ORWO is another film from the former Soviet Block that has continued being manufactured. There are two flavours that have made it to the North American Market, an ASA-100 UN54 and ASA-400 N74. These are wonderful films and can be purchased through ORWO North America.

Getting Ready at the Rink
Nikkormat FT2 – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Orwo UN54 @ ASA-100 – Rodinal (1+100) 60:00 (Semi-Stand)

Texting and Walking
Nikkormat FT2 – AI-S Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5 – Orwo UN54 @ ASA-100 – Rodinal (1+100) 60:00 (Semi-Stand)

CCR Review 50 - Olympus OM-1
Olympus OM-1 – Olympus F.Zuiko 1:1.8 f=50mm – ORWO UN54+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. A 7:30 @ 20C

CCR Review 48 - Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super B – Carl Zeiss Tessar 2,8/50 – ORWO UN54+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:00 @ 20C

Developers Featured on Today’s Episode…

Kodak D-23 – An old developer in the photographic world, but a new one from Alex. He discovered it after looking at developers that he hadn’t tried and could be easily made. He was pretty impressed with the first roll he pulled! You can pick up a kit from Photographer’s Formulary!

Project:1812 - The Forts of Prairie Du Chien
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 6:00 @ 20C

Munsing Falls
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford Pan F+ @ ASA-50 – Kodak D-23 (1+1) 8:30 @ 20C

Project:1812 - The Battle of Baltimore
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Tri-X 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak D-23 (Stock) 7:30 @ 20C

Fine Art Photo Supply FA-1027 – FA-1027 came across Alex’s Radar after hearing it mentioned on an episode of the Film Photography project and after hearing it described he wanted to give it a shot. This is a liquid developer that seems to give good results in most films developed in it. Good tone, fine grain! You can pick it up through the Photographer’s Formulary!

52:500c - Week 26 - Close to Home
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Rollei RPX 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:30 @ 20C

Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Ilford Delta 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:00 @ 20C

CCR Review 49 - Minolta Maxxum 700si
Minolta Maxxum 700si – Maxxum Zoom AF 35-70mm 1:4 – Eastman Double-X (5222) @ ASA-200 – FA-1027 (1+19) 10:00 @ 20C

Fur Trade Museum
Intrepid – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125 (Orange) – Kodak TMax 100 @ ASA-100 – FA-1027 (1+14) 9:30 @ 20C

LegacyPro Eco Developer – The Eco developer is part of a line of photo chemistry from LegacyPro, the Eco Ascorbic Acid developer is a clone to Kodak Xtol, you can even use the Xtol times for film with this developer. It’s cheaper than it’s Kodak cousin and is actually more environmentally friendly! You can pick up a kit through Argentix.ca!

LegacyPro Mic-X – A recreation of Kodak Microdol-X a well loved developer that Kodak stopped producing. So the folks at LegacyPro took a chance and recreated the legendary developer and now sell it as Mic-X! You can pick up a kit through Argentix.ca!

That’s it for 2016, it’s been a wild year for film and there’s still a lot more for us to cover, so we’ll be getting back to recording in the new year to bring you a third season! That’s right, bigger shows, more guests, and of course lots of filmtastic fun! Maybe even another meet ‘n greet somewhere in this great province!

Looking for a good spot to get your gear and material fix…check out Burlington Camera, Downtown Camera, Film Plus, Belle Arte Camera and Camtech, if you’re in the GTA region of Ontario. In Guelph there’s Pond’s FotoSource For those further north you can visit Foto Art Camera in Owen Sound. On the West Coast (British Columbia) check out Beau Photo Supply. Additionally you can order online at Argentix (Quebec), the Film Photography Project or Freestyle Photographic.

Also you can connect with us through email: classiccamerarevivial[at]gmail[dot]com or by Facebook, we’re at Classic Camera Revival or even Twitter @ccamerarevival

First Impressions – Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

I’m not often one to give the first impression of a product, especially after only shooting it once. In fact, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been so impressed with a product I had to write a ‘first impression’ blog. The Nikon F2, Nikon F5, Sony a6000 are all cameras that I was so happy with I couldn’t wait to tell the world, now I add a fourth thing to the list, Japan Camera Hunter’s Streetpan 400. So when my order arrived the next photo walk, I went to I make sure my Nikon F5 was loaded with one film, Streetpan.

TFSM - Summer '16

TFSM - Summer '16

TFSM - Summer '16

I was pretty excited when Bellamy Hunt, the amazing photographer behind Japan Camera Hunter, announced that he was bringing back a dead film stock. That’s right, using money out of his own pocket, to bring back a film stock. Sadly the world of photography instead of being excited along with him, tore into him. It’s a sad state of affairs when that happens. But I stayed on the positive side of things, defending the film stock. Many claimed that it was dead-stock found in a dusty warehouse or just Retro 400s in a fancy new package. But I’ve shot Retro 400s, and this film stock, while similar in the sample images, certainly did not look like Retro 400s and the developing times were different. This was infact a rebirth of a film stock, something we in the film photography world don’t see often.

TFSM - Summer '16

TFSM - Summer '16

TFSM - Summer '16

What do I like about the film, well first off it’s a 400 speed film, as much as I like slower emulsions, when I’m out shooting in the streets or on vacation I want to be able to shoot quickly, see, think, shoot. So a fast film really is needed. It’s designed for scanning, the polyester base, while making it a little more of a pain to get onto the plastic developing spool, does dry and lay perfectly flat. And it’s really not as thin as other polyester base films I’ve shot like Retro 80s or the Svema line of films. And when it comes to scanning it is beautiful! I really didn’t have to make any real changes to the raw scans.

TFSM - Summer '16

TFSM - Summer '16

TFSM - Summer '16

So that’s about it, for now, once I start working with this film more and developing it in other developers like Rodinal and Xtol as well as more in HC-110. And see how it plays with other cameras in my collection I’ll do a more in-depth review, but for now, I’m leaving it at this. This film rocks, I’m looking forward to shooting it more, and if you like what you see head on over and give Bellamy some love and order yourself a brick. And just remember this is fresh stock, not dead, not rebranded. And today, a fresh film is always a good thing. Happy World Photography Day!

Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400 @ ASA-400 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ 20C