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Japanese plate cameras, folding bed (edit)
No.0 (4×5cm) Alpha | Sweet | Pony Sweet | Taishō-shiki
atom (4.5×6cm) Monarch | Need | Palma
meishi (5.5×8cm) Eagle | Idea A | Idea B | Idea Snap | Idea No.1 | Iris | Lily (horizontal) | Pearl No.3 | Special Camera | Venis | X
daimeishi (6.5×9cm) Apollo | Arcadia | Crite | Special East | Eaton | Elliotte | First | First Etui | Gold | Happy | Hope | Idea No.1 | Idea (metal) | Kinka | Kokka | Lily (horizontal) | Lily (metal) | Tropical Lily | Lloyd | Lomax | Masnette | Mikuni | Need | Nifca Klapp | Nifca Sport | Ohca | Palma | Peter | Prince | Prince Peerless | Proud | Romax | Rosen | Rubies | Sirius | Sun | Super | Tokiwa | Venus | Weha Idea | Weha Light
tefuda (8×10.5cm) Eagle | Idea A | Idea B | Idea No.1 | Idea (metal) | Iris | Lily (original) | Lily (horizontal) | Lily (metal) | Palma | Pearl No.3, No.4 | Minimum Pearl | Special Pearl | Sakura Palace | Sakura Pocket Prano | Star | Tokiwa | Weha
nimaigake (8×12cm) Eagle | Idea | Idea Binocular | Sakura Prano | Sakura Binocular Prano | Star Premo
hagaki (8×14cm) Eagle | Noble | Pearl No.3, No.4 | Star
kabine (12×16.5cm) Idea | Noble | Sakura Prano | Star Premo
Japanese plate film: monocular, box, strut-folding and SLR ->
3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6, 6×6 and 6×9 ->

The Venis is a Japanese plate folder in meishi (5.5×8cm) size, attributed to Ichikawaya.[1] It is dated 1933 in some sources, but it looks more like a 1920s camera.[2]

The Venis is a horizontal folder, with a wooden body and a folding Newton finder at the top. There is a small round plate on the left of the viewfinder, certainly displaying the camera name. It seems that the camera is focused by a lever on the photographer's right.

The example pictured in Sugiyama has a simple shutter with I, T, O settings, inscribed Venis at the top. The lens is perhaps a double achromat, reportedly with no diaphragm.[3]

Notes Edit

  1. Attribution to Ichikawaya: Sugiyama, item 1258, repeated in McKeown, p.421.
  2. Dated 1933: Sugiyama, item 1258, repeated in McKeown, p.421.
  3. Sugiyama, item 1258, says "double lens — no diaphragm".

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