Instructions for the Nikon N90s


The Nikon N90s is a 35mm film single lens reflex, or SLR, camera designed for amateur, but skilled, photographers. Sold during the 1990s and early 2000s, it cost between $700 and $1,000 new. Although it has no built-in flash, it offers several features that made it a powerful camera of its time. These features include a strong auto-focus sensor, allowing larger apertures when using a flash and more informative notifications on the LCD user screen.

  • Install the batteries. The Nikon N90s uses four AA batteries. Slide the lock on the bottom compartment to open the battery lid and then insert the batteries, following the picture guides for the proper direction of each battery.

  • Load the film. Turn over the camera so the back is facing up. Push the two tabs on the left side together to open the back. Place the film canister in the slot on the left, and pull the film leader to the right until it is even with the red dot. Close the back cover. Turn on the camera and press the shutter-release button to advance the film.

  • Set your focus. Use the switch on the bottom left of the lens marked with an "M," "S" and "C." The "M" is for manual focus; the "S" is for auto-focus single, which maintains the original focus if you recompose your shot and is used with still objects; and the "C" is for auto-focus continuous, which you should use for moving subjects, such as sport photography.

  • Insert the flash. Slide it onto the hot shoe until it clicks. The camera is compatible with most Nikon flashes. Set the flash to through-the-lens, or TTL, to use in all of the camera's program modes.

  • Set your scene mode. The Nikon N90s has several programmed exposure settings. Press the "Ps" button on the top left of the camera, and choose the two-letter code for the scene mode you prefer. These modes include "Po" for portrait shots, "rE" for red-eye reduction during portrait mode, "LA" for landscapes and "SP" for sport shooting.

  • Rewind your film when the roll is complete. Press the rewind button to the left of the "On" switch on the top of the camera, along with the "ISO" button on the top left of the camera. Wait at least 10 seconds for the rewind to finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not open the back of the camera until after film has been rewound, or you risk ruining any photos you've taken.


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