K.K. Shimazu Seisakusho (㈱島津製作所, officially translated as Shimadzu Corporation) is a Japanese company based in Kyoto. It was founded in 1875 and incorporated in 1917, and it is still in existence today (2007). Its main activity is the production of scientific and medical instruments. The company was the first to take X-ray radiographs in Japan in 1896, and delivered the first Japanese X-ray apparatus in 1909. It entered the capital of Takachiho Seisakusho (the later Olympus) in 1933. Around 1940–1, it used Zuiko 50/1.5 lenses by Takachiho on an X-ray camera using 35mm film.
- ↑ Company profile.
- ↑ Company history.
- ↑ Sakai, p. 6 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no. 20.
- ↑ Sakurai Eiichi, p. 67 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no. 20.
- Sakai Shūichi (酒井修一). "Orinpasu no rekishi" (オリンパスの歴史, "History of Olympus"). Kamera Rebyū: Kurashikku Kamera Senka (カメラレビュー クラシックカメラ専科) / Camera Review: All about Historical Cameras no. 20, 25 March 1992. No ISBN number. Orinpasu no subete (オリンパスのすべて, special issue on Olympus). Pp. 6–9.