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Photography Question 
William B. Warren

Basic Help


I'm new to Film photography (I've really only used digital), and am using an old family heirloom - an Aires 35-V 35mm camera. We don't have the manual, and wondering what the knobs are on the lens? How do I focus it exactly? When do I use high/low shutter speeds?

Basically, I'm a newbie, and just need basic starting info. I'm mainly interested in candid photography of friends/family, if that helps.


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1/21/2009 4:09:45 PM

Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006

That's your manual. As to the hows and whys of photography in general I have a lot of info on my personal website at

There is also a lot at the magazine I co-edit, Creative Image Maker at

If you come up with any specific questions post them here. We'll do our best. Have fun.


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1/21/2009 6:29:57 PM

William B. Warren   Thanks! Turns out, I was using the APA dial as the shutter speed adjustment (or thought I was controlling shutter speed).

Now, I just can NOT get it to focus! That's the one last thing I can't master... :(

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1/22/2009 12:59:34 PM

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