Minolta X-300 Review

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RUBBER2405's review of Minolta X-300

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Minolta X-300

“A very good camera. Quite large for an SLR compared to...”

Written on: 14/07/2007 by RUBBER2405 (8 reviews written)

Good Points
Very good photo quality. Build quality very good. Excellent quality OEM lenses (buy Minolta where you can, they were the best lenses). Fully manual controls or aperture priority.

Bad Points
Difficult to get quality lenses for it now, as people seem to keep hold of them. Particularly the elusive Minolta 24mm ultra wide angle lens, which is rare, but reputed to be one of the best lenses ever made by any manufacturer. It was so good, that Leica supposedly bought it and put their own name on it.

General Comments
A very good camera. Quite large for an SLR compared to say, the Olympus OM10, which is in greater supply.

the Minolta lenses are great. I have bought a 70-210mm Minolta MD lens (fantastic quality for a zoom lens), a sigma 28mm wide angle, which has half stops on it and is very good quality for build and photo quality, and a rubber eye cup.

That lot cost me about £250 about 7-8 years ago. The Minolta lenses are hard to get hold of now, they have been looked after anyway. It has full manual controls which gives it great versatility. The light meter that is built in is very accurate (tested against an Olympus OM10 and a Weston Master 2 Light Meter), when used with the Olympus lenses. My camera is around 23 years old and I am not exaggerating when I say it still looks like brand new, which is a show of its build quality. Highly recommended.

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Rubber2405's Response to RUBBER2405's Review

Written on: 16/07/2007

I have just finished some Ilford Professional 400 black and white film, with various kinds of still life, portraits and landscape shots, all shot on the Minolta X300.
<br/>Hope to have the results early next week, so I will upload them to flickr as appropriate and anyone looking to view them can look at Yahoo Flickr, and search for photos by GTAVALANCE.
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<br/>At the moment I have some shots on Flickr taken with Fuji Sensia ASA 200 Colour slide film in the X300.
<br/>I had them pro-developed and scanned, which was expensive, but got some good results.
<br/>For reference if anyone is thinking about shooting on slide, the film is reasonably priced at around £6 per roll of 36 exp, but developing at 9x6" with pro scanning (onto a photo CD - allowing viewing on your PC & sending by e-mail) at a professional independent developer cost me £40!
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<br/>Recommended for special occasions as the detail and colours are excellent and beat most DSLR's under £1000 (certainly the DSLR photos I have seen without any 'callifudgery' with software).
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<br/>The only filters I used with the X300 on colour slide film were a circular polariser or a 1A Skylight filter.
<br/>Feel free to leave constructive feedback on my photos on Flickr, I am always looking to improve.
<br/>Cheers, Rubber.

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