Last month I stumbled upon an estate sale that had a basement absolutely chock-full of old cameras and lenses. I bought a dozen or so cameras, one being this Nikon N90. With it, I also grabbed a Nikon 85mm f/1.8 D series lens.
The N90 originally came out in 1992, and was positioned directly below the then Flagship F4 model in Nikon's line. It was touted as a professional's camera, boasting even better autofocus performance than its big F4 brother.
The N90 is a solid camera with a decent heft to it (nearly two pounds without a lens). Its build features a lot of plastic, but it still feels robust. If you're a fan of late 80's or early 90's aesthetics, then you'll love the look of this camera. It has a comfortable deep grip, and balances nicely with chunky primes like the 85mm f/1.8. Overall it's definitely premium, though obviously a step down from the metal monster that is the top of the line F4. One thing to note about the N90 is how the grippy material on the film compartment door turns to gross goop with time. Every N90 I've ever seen has a sticky mess covering the back of the camera. I had to wipe the back of my N90 clean with alcohol. Luckily, the front grip never seems to have this issue.
|My N90 with all the goop removed from the door|
The top plate of the camera houses most of the N90's controls, where everything is straightforward and simple. The camera is turned on via a large switch conveniently placed directly behind the shutter release. If you flip the switch past "On" you will turn the camera on, and activate the camera's beeper, which will chirp happily to confirm when your subject is in focus, as well as scream bloody murder at you if the light is too low.