The Venis is a Japanese plate folder in meishi (5.5×8cm) size, attributed to Ichikawaya. It is dated 1933 in some sources, but it looks more like a 1920s camera.
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.
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- Sugiyama, Kōichi (杉山浩一); Naoi, Hiroaki (直井浩明); Bullock, John R. The Collector's Guide to Japanese Cameras. 国産カメラ図鑑 (Kokusan kamera zukan). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1985. ISBN 4-257-03187-5. Item 1258.