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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02.12 | 10:51

Wow, I wish it was me who just "picked up" that one! May I ask from where? About how rare: Read more about it under Asahi Pentax 1957-64.

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01.12 | 00:29

I picked up a 'Penta Asahiflex H2' serial#230415, seems in pretty good condition with a couple of lenses and accessories. Apparently these are rare?

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24.10 | 21:19

Hi,
Honeywell was the US distributor and had their name on the cameras until Pentax established its own US-office. H3v was identical to Asahi Pentax SV. Thanks!

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24.10 | 18:55

Hello,
Great site! I don't see my Honeywell Pentax listed here. It was my first SLR that I bought it used in the late 1960's. Model H3v, any info?

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