Aires 35

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The Aires 35 series of rangefinder cameras were made by Aires from 1954 through 1959.

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Models

In approximately chronological order:

  • Aires 35
  • Aires 35 II
  • Aires 35 III
  • Aires 35 IIA
  • Aires 35 IIIA
  • Aires 35 IIIL
  • Aires 35 IIIB
  • Aires 35 IIIC f2.4/45mm
  • Aires 35 IIIC f1.9/45mm
  • Aires 35 IIIS
  • Aires 35 V with Coral f3.2/35mm, f1.5/45mm, f1.8/45mm, f1.9/45mm and f3.5/100mm interchangeable lenses
  • Aires 35 IIISA

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Repair notes

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Camera-wiki editor Laurie Pettitt wrote:

On every Aires 35 I have seen recently a design fault makes itself known. The lens unit is screwed to a brass plate which in turn is screwed to the camera body. On all the 35s I have worked on recently the 4 screws holding the lens assembly brass plate to the body have been loose and the holes elongated. Likewise the screws holding the lens assembly to the brass plate were also loose. Problem with the last fault is that the mechanism needs to be removed to access the 3 retaining screws. That gives the repairer a chance to grease the focussing mechanism. Even though some frown on it, I find it sensible to use Loctite on the screws.
Another thing that turns the 35 II into a treasure is that the mechanism is a carbon copy Synchro Compur! However... It has been slightly improved by the Japanese copiers, making it an even nicer mechanism than the German Compur (in my opinion.) It's that much of a copy that, when rooting around for bits for a Retina mechanism, I picked up an Aires mech and went into confusion until I realised that it wasn't the Retina mech.

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