How to Use a Nikon N90 Camera

The Nikon N90/F90 is a great all around camera that is still around by popular demand.
The Nikon N90/F90 is a great all around camera that is still around by popular demand. (Image:

The Nikon N90 camera is an underrated 35mm film camera that came out in the mid-1990s. While the N90 is no longer in production, there is still a strong following in the photography community for this film SLR style camera. Learning how to use this camera to its fullest potential is a task that takes experience. A general overview guide is provided here to get your started.

Things You'll Need

  • Nikon N90 camera
  • Lenses
  • Film

Take off the lens cap and slide one of the lenses into place on the camera body. Remove the lens cap on the lens as well. Turn the camera on by pushing the "Power" button on the upper right hand side of the camera body.

Load film in the camera by flipping the switch at the bottom of the camera body and allowing the back to fall open. Insert a roll of film into the left side of the body and then pull a 4 to 5-inch piece of film across the aperture and secure it in the teeth of the retrieval winding rod on the right side of the camera body.

Close the back of the camera and choose the mode you want to shoot in. "Auto" mode is probably what you will want to start out with as a budding photographer. Some of the other modes you can experiment with are: portrait, portrait with red-eye reduction, landscape, silhouette, sport, close-up, aperture priority and shutter priority. Each of these modes is explained in the camera manual and applies to different environmental conditions.

Look through the view finder and slightly depress the shutter release button. The camera will automatically focus on an object in your field of view be it middle, sides or total focus (this can be changed by depressing the "Focus" button and turning the knurled wheel on top of the camera).

When you have your subject focused, depress the shutter release fully to take the picture. Experiment with different aperture and shutter settings by using the links in Resources below as guidelines. Change the camera settings by depressing the appropriate button and turning the knurled knob at the top of the camera body.

Tips & Warnings

  • Taking good photographs is less about how many features the camera has and more about the eye and skill of the photographer. At first with a camera as powerful as the N90, it is a good idea to stick with "Auto" mode and just focus on taking crisp photographs with good composition.
  • Once you have mounted the film in the camera, do not open the back of the camera until you have completed and rolled the entire roll of film.

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