Aires — in Japanese アイレス Airesu (like "eye-rescue" minus the "cue"); more fully K.K. Aires Shashinki Seisakusho (㈱アイレス写真機製作所) — was a Japanese manufacturer of a number of 35mm and roll film cameras. It was based in Tokyo.
As Yallu Optical Co., Ltd. (ヤルー光学, Yarū Kōgaku), the company started in 1949 to produce the Yallu Flex, a 35mm TLR influenced by the Zeiss Contaflex. The Yallu Flex was ingeniously and elegantly designed and was well equipped and appealingly advertised, but in the end it was never offered for sale. About fifty were produced.
Later cameras bore the name Aires.
|Aires 35 IIIL|
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- Its address from 1951 to early 1956 was Tōkyō-to Toshima-ku Takada-minami-machi 3–797 (東京都豊島区高田南町3–797), from late 1956 to 1959 it was Tōkyō-to Shinjuku-ku Nishi-Ōkubo 1–437 (東京都新宿区西大久保1–437). Source: advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp. 113–4 and 216–8.
- Asahi Camera (アサヒカメラ) editorial staff. Shōwa 10–40nen kōkoku ni miru kokusan kamera no rekishi (昭和10–40年広告にみる国産カメラの歴史, Japanese camera history as seen in advertisements, 1935–1965). Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1994. ISBN 4-02-330312-7.
In English and Italian:
- Survey of Aires cameras by Massimo Bertacchi, with pictures of many models
- Aires Price Guide at CollectiBlend
- Aires Automat TLR 120 PDF manual at Butkus' OrphanCameras.com
- Aires PDF camera manual (alphabetical listing at Butkus' OrphanCameras.com
In French :