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Japanese manufacturer of precision optical components and machinery. Minolta is probably best known for their cameras, but they also make photocopiers, "Dialta" digital copiers, "QMS" laser printers, fax machines, binoculars, and even planetariums.

Minolta was founded in 1928 by Kazuo Tashima. In 1958, Minolta was the first Japanese company to produce a planetarium. They began producing business machines in 1960, with the development of the copier. Minolta began marketing in the United States in 1954, and in Europe in 1965.

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