The Minolta X-300 was an SLR built in the 80s. Six months ago, I bought the camera from a guy who was a professional photographer and a photoshop owner. I really like this camera and even though I am a beginner, I will share my experience with this beauty.
I bought the camera including three 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 will always be using analogue cameras from now on. And another advantage of an analogue camera is that they are really affordable. 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.
Film format: 24x36mm frames on 35mm film
Type: Single Lens Reflex
Lens mount: MD Mount
Viewfinder: Split-image spot, microprism band and acute matte field focusing screen. In viewfinder shutter speed scale/LED display.
Shutter: Electrically controlled focal plane shutter 4 sec to 1/1000 sec (Auto), 1 sec to 1/1000th (Manual).
ISO: Ranges from 12-3200
Power: 2 x AG13/LR44 batteries required.
Other features: Cable shutter release on the body next to the lens. 10 Second self-timer with LED indication. Black or chrome body. AE lock (15 seconds)
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, just ask me.
This is a review submitted by Community Member by legamin.