This one had me scratching my head. I found a $6 last-minute deal for a “Venture 66” on eBay a while back. It looked neat, but a quick search turned up nothing. I bought it anyway.
When it arrived, the focus ring was seized. I made an abortive attempt at freeing it, then the camera went on the shelf. It is good looking.
There it sat, until I saw a post at 52 Rolls about the Franka Solida Record. Mine isn’t a Record, but it looks similar. With my interest peaked, I started Googling again and found out that the “Ventura 66 Deluxe” is a variant of the Agfa Isolette II. A closer look at the worn leather reveals that the ‘e’ might in fact be an ‘a.’
The Agfa Isolette II/Ventura 66 Deluxe is a 6×6 folding camera for 120 film made in West Germany (“U.S. Zone”) between 1952 and 1955. Mine features the more common 3-element Apotar 85mm f4.5 lens in a Prontor-S 1/300 shutter. The camera has an interlock between the film advance and the shutter mechanism to make accidental double exposures difficult. Intentional ones are still possible by manipulating the mechanism.
It seems there is a community devoted to restoring folders of this ilk. I did some reading, and then I took pliers to it. Stay tuned. . .
An old but informative page by Andrew Yue
Of course Mike Butkus has the manual