Aires was a Japanese camera company, now sadly defunct, that made both rangefinder cameras (trying to compete with Leica) and reflex cameras, TLR and SLR. This lens was the fast normal lens for an interchangeable lens rangefinder camera named the Aires “V”. Like the old Retina reflex, only the lens head was changeable–the shutter and focusing mount stayed firmly attached to the camera. I have managed to use this lens (along with 100mm and 32mm lenses that also came with the camera I bought) by using a custom focusing adapter for Sony E mount that I found on eBay.
This lens has an absolutely unique and “spiky” bokeh–not to everyone’s taste–that I happen to love.
Autumn at Kencho-ji Zen Temple in Kamakura
Japanese camellia (sazanka)
Incense offerings at Hasedera Temple, Kamakura
Persimmons in a November snow
A Japanese garden fountain in Yakushiike Park, Machida, Tokyo