Minolta X-300

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The Minolta X-300 is a 35mm manual focus SLR based on the MD mount, and which was produced between 1984 and 1990. The X-300 was also marketed as the X-370 in the U.S. and Canada.

A year after Minolta released the X-500, they introduced the X-300 to the photographic market. It was a less-expensive alternative to the X-500 thanks to fewer features. The body of the X-300 is nearly identical to that of the X-500. The only change, other than the nameplate, is that the shutter speed dial is now covered, only showing one speed at a time. In addition, the camera features are minimized. Perhaps the biggest feature change from the X-500 is that the X-300 lacks the OTF (off-the-film) flash mode -- which many find very useful. In addition, the X-300 lacks the DOF preview button, the PC connection, and the interchangeable screens of the X-500. Together, these changes reduced the price tag of the X-300 significantly.



The X-300, (X-370) in its many forms, became the basis of Minolta's manual-focus SLR cameras after the introduction of the auto-focus Maxxum line. The various X-300's were less expensive than the new, auto-focus cameras, but still had all the features that a new or experienced photographer needed. Production was moved from Japan to China around 1990, and the X-300 was and continues to be used as the basis for many other cameras from China, sold by Seagull (as the Seagull DF-300, Vivitar V50, Centon DF-300, Soligor SR-300 MD, Kalimar KX-5000, Safari DF-300, Texer EX-3, Zenit DF-300, Carena DF-300 and SX-300, Revue DF-300) and several other firms. One thing seems certain - the X-300 will live on, in one form or another, for many years to come.


Minolta X-300 manual at Butkus.org