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Byrnesmill City Park with Aires 35 III C

Sunday I took a little break from Argus.
I pulled my Aires 35 III C off the shelf and dropped in a roll of Walgreens ASA 200 print film.
Hot Memorial Day weekend (temperature climbed into the nineties), and I ended up at a popular place on such a day, Byrnesmill City Park on Big River.

The Aires 35 III C is a well constructed Japanese rangefinder type camera from 1958.
Lens is a fast Coral f:1.9 / 45mm in a Seikosha MXL shutter, 1 second to 1/200.
Features include focus from 2 2/3 feet to infinity, coupled rangefinder with parallax-correcting bright frame viewer, self timer, winder that folds away flush, and quick drop-out film removal.
Note the strong visual resemblance to M series Leica cameras of that time.
But the lens of the Aires is not removable.

Camera functions performed smoothly.
There were no issues except for an intermittent pale reflective "ghost" patch in the corner of some images. I have not yet determined the cause of that. It reminds me of the "ghost" that afflicted the Argosy 3 C-4 for a time during its around the world trek, but does not seem to have the same cause. The "ghost" in the Argosy 3 camera was cured by repainting an internal metal shroud with flat textured paint. With the Aires, it may have something to do with the UV filter I had attached to the lens while shooting.

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All images are 2012 E.J.Kowalski.
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