Minolta X-370: AE-1, Step Aside.

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The Minolta X-370 is an amazing SLR easy for beginners (and probably pros, but I wouldn’t know.)

Canon’s AE-1 is every beginning photography student’s SLR. Mine, however, is the Minolta X-370.
This particular model began production c. 1981 and is now out of production. I inherited my 1987 model from my father. It was used as his main camera so cosmetically there are a few bumps and scratches but surprisingly less than you would expect – she’s pretty hardy. All the mechanisms (winding, shutter) are in top condition and I didn’t even take it in for cleaning or repairs!

The camera has both manual settings for focus, shutter speed and aperture, or you can use the aperture-priority auto-exposure mode, where the camera uses the in-camera light meter and automatically sets shutter speed according to the aperture you selected. An auto-exposure lock can be used to hold a meter reading and then change the frame before releasing the shutter, eliminating those times when over/underexposure occurs because an area of the frame is brighter than the rest.

Shutter speeds range from 0.0010 to 4 seconds, and there is also a bulb mode. She can handle ISOs ranging from 12 to 3200. She has a self-timer function of 10 seconds, and a cable release option. She uses a standard hotshoe flash.

I am brand new to photography – it hasn’t even been half a year since I first got my hand on a Diana Mini and fell in love with film. This camera is my go-to for anything. Indoors, outdoors, out walking or having a photoshoot, it’s up to the challenge! The AE mode makes quick shooting a breeze. It’s not delicate so I can throw it (in a case) in my bag without worry, and the standard lens (Minolta 50mm) always delivers great results. It’s the perfect beginner’s SLR!

written by tulle on 2010-11-19 #gear #35mm #review #slr #camera #vintage #minolta-x-370

9 Comments

  1. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    My friend has a Minolta X series SLR :-)

    I like shots 6 and 7 best :-)

  2. saintjacques
    saintjacques ·

    my student slr was a pentax me super ;)
    nice shots!

  3. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    #6!!

  4. hotdustyroads
    hotdustyroads ·

    Minolta X-370 is my SLR of choice. check out my gallery if you want more examples!

  5. holydarkyfied
    holydarkyfied ·

    just won an auction on this camera... waiting to get it :D

  6. eelirem
    eelirem ·

    Great shots, especially #6. I just got this camera from my mom, and after I hunt down some batteries, I'm excited to try it out!

  7. cameranious
    cameranious ·

    I just inherited one and had no idea of all its functions... until now! THANK YOU! Now I am even MORE excited to use this babe! :D Oh, great shots, btw! <3

  8. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    Great article. I use an X-370 as well and I love it. It has supplanted all of my other cameras. It's so versitile like you said. Love the shots btw.

  9. brokim
    brokim ·

    Hello, Im just starting to shoot film for about 4 month and using lomo LCA but I was thinking of varies my shot so I want to ask for your opinion. Which one is the most suitable choice for beginner either Canon Ae1 or minolta x370?

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