Japan: 1959-1960: Aires:

The short story of Aires:

Aires Camera Works started producing some Twin Lens Reflexes in 1949, then 35 mm rangefinders from 1954. It was a small and not very strong company. As the PP SLR wave came rolling, Aires debuted in 1959 with the Penta 35, called Reflex 35 in some markets. It was a fixed lens camera with a central leaf shutter, thus following the fading west german brands of Contaflex, Kodak Retina and Voigtländer Bessamatic and the not so successful Kowa of Japan. The camera was followed up by a metered version in 1960, but the company went out of business in July the same year. 

Production wise a life span as long as the Zunow, but not leaving the same traces.. 
The Aires Penta 35. A sturdy camera. Size camera house: 136x95x48 mm. Weight with lens: 806 grams. Sn. 3017688
A fixed lens, Q Coral 50/2,8 with leaf shutter. Sn. 1426019.
A firm short stroke winder to the right, then shutter release button and shutter lock A/R. To the left a foldable rewind crank. Clean layout as the shutter time was set on the front of the lens, ranging from B to 1/500 second. Flash socket at the left side, over the back door closing mechanism.

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09.05 | 01:24

I have a vocal Bill Miranda camera lens number 620-929 it's the kind like you crank and it folds out like the old kind of camera lens with accordion style look

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28.04 | 23:31

The SB2 was a part of the S3-series, of which some 360 000 were made. Yours and mine differ with 98000, so not unlikely. Where did you pick it up? Good luck!

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28.04 | 19:45

I recently picked up an SB and SB2. The SB serial no is close to yours 283235, but the SB2 is very different 500805. Do you know why they would differ so much?

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03.02 | 12:47

Thank you, David!

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