Kalimar KX 5000

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The Kalimar KX 5000 is a manual focus 35mm SLR camera distributed by Kalimar. It was manufactured in China, by the Shanghai General Camera Factory and is based on the Minolta X-300s, (the Minolta X-370n in North America), an updated version of the Minolta X-300/X-370. A similar camera is the Phoenix P-3000.

The curious thing about this particular model made by Seagull is that it features the updated styling cues by Minolta on the top part of the camera, but not the front. Whereas Minolta updated the styling, which removed the space at the top of the left side of the camera in the front - where the name used to be, which facilitated the model designation having to be moved to the right of the prism housing - this Chinese clone kept the older styling of the Minolta X-300/X-370 in the right-hand grip area along the left edge. This allowed these copies to have the smoother, updated styling along with the familiar grip.


  • Badging: Kalimar
  • Manufacturer: Seagull
  • Lens mount: Minolta MD
  • Shutter: Quart-controlled horizontal traverse cloth curtain
  • Shutter speeds: 4 to 1/1000 sec. (auto), 1 to 1/1000 sec. (manual), plus "B"
  • Meter: TTL center-weighted averaging, silicon photocell
  • Exposure modes: Metered Manual (M)
  • Self-timer: Electronic, 10 sec, LED signal
  • ISO range: 12 - 3200 in 1/3 EV increments
  • Flash: Hot shoe with X-Sync at 1/60
  • Battery: (2) 1.5V LR44/SR44
  • Weight: 470 g (16.5 oz)


The following cameras are all copies of the Minolta X-300 (Minolta X-370):