Minolta X-300: A Beautiful Analogue SLR

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The Minolta X-300 is an SLR built in the eighties. Six months ago, I bought the camera from a guy who's a professional photographer who ownes a photo shop. Although I am just a beginner, I really like this camera and so I will share my experience with this beauty.

Credits: legamin

I bought the camera including 3 lenses and a leather bag. Two of the lenses are just normal focal length lenses, and the other one is a zoom lens, 80-200 mm. It’s my first camera, so I found it difficult to use the zoom lens. That’s why I used my normal lenses most of the time. So far, I really like the camera and its easy functions. I can almost say that this camera is perfect to start with as a beginner.

You can clearly see the additional shutter time, and when you put it on AUTO, making good looking pictures is very simple. But after a while, when you get used to the camera, it is easy to experiment with the shutter time. When you are a little bit curious, you learn a lot from this camera about photography, at least I did.

At first, people thought it was a little bit strange that I used a camera with film but the pictures are much more ‘alive’ because of the film instead of what you would get with any other digital camera. I think I always will be using analogue cameras from now on. And another advantage of an analogue camera is that they are really cheap. I’ve bought mine for 40 euros. And at the end, I think it is the best SLR camera to start with as a beginner.

Credits: legamin

Finally here are the technical specifications:

Film format: 24×36mm frames on 35mm film
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Lens mount: MD Mount
Split-image spot, microprism band and acute matte field focusing screen.
In viewfinder shutter speed scale/LED display.
Cable shutter release on body next to lens.
Electrically controlled focal plane shutter 4 sec to 1/1000 sec (Auto), 1 sec to 1/1000th (Manual).
10 Second self-timer with LED indication.
AE lock (15 seconds).
ISO Range 12-3200
2 x AG13/LR44 batteries required.
Black or chrome body.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, just ask me.

written by legamin on 2012-05-17 in #reviews

3 Comments

  1. blablabla-anab
    blablabla-anab ·

    I have a X-300s, it's my favourite. But my boyfriend let it fall to the ground :( i think my lightmeter is broken now *pouts*

  2. hay
    hay ·

    Was looking into buying one of these till I read it doesn't have AF and you can't do multiple exposures? Is that correct?

  3. chrisg35mm
    chrisg35mm ·

    Great review of a great (and under rated) SLR. I have one just the same that takes lovely photos: www.lomography.com/homes/chrisg35mm/albums/1963652-minolta-…

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