Nichidoku Shashinki Shten meaning Japan-German Camera Store). 2 Tashima got support from the German camera technicians. Billy Neumann and Willy Heilemann, and the first cameras used lenses and shutters imported from Germany. A plant was built in Mukogawa in the prefecture of Hygo. 3 The first camera produced by the company was the. Nifcarette released in 1929. It was followed by the. Nifcaklapp and Nifcasport folding cameras and by the Nifca-Dox strut-folder, all taking film plates or pack film. 26 In 1943, the company also took over Fujimoto 's plant in the city of Nishinomiya (the former Neumann Heilemann factory which became Chiyoda's Nishinomiya plant. 27 It perhaps continued the production of Fujimoto leaf shutters for a short time. 17 The two companies organized a show in December in the Tky Kaikan a reception lounge in Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace) to celebrate the new agreement. 18 Three expensive and advanced new models were displayed at this show: the Auto Semi Minolta was the. 5 The mention of Germany disappeared from the company name, and Heilemann and Neumann left the company respectively in November 1931 and in 1932, to found their own Neumann Heilemann company, taking some employees with them. Source needed Cooperation with Leitz Edit Minolta signed a cooperation agreement with Leitz in June 1972. 33 The first products resulting from this appeared in 1974: the Minolta XE SLR and the Leica CL rangefinder camera (sold in Japan as the Leitz Minolta CL). 18 The two companies organized a show in December in the Tky Kaikan a reception lounge in Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace) to celebrate the new agreement. 19 Three expensive and advanced new models were displayed at this show: the Auto Semi Minolta was the. That effort lead to the production of versatile and sensitive CdS-sensor-based light meters, a quite successful chapter in the company's history. Minolta's successor Konica Minolta is still making high precision light measuring instruments. In 1964 the company started that business with a CdS-meter for photography. Most branches of the company were related to optics: the copier branch, the exposure meter branch, etc. Minolta was succeeded by. Konica Minolta after the merger with Konica in 2003. The merged company sold its remaining camera interests to. Throughout the 1950s, the range consisted of TLR cameras, 4.56 folders, 35mm viewfinder and rangefinder cameras and 16mm subminiature cameras. Introduction of the SLR In 1958 Chiyoda produced its first planetarium projection apparatus 33 and in the same year it introduced the SR-2, its first.