The Bantam Special was manufactured by Kodak and designed by Walter Teague. They began making this camera in 1936 and fitted it with an Ektar 45mm F2.0 lens. The fast lens enabled the photographer to capture scenes in almost any light. Some of the pre-war versions used German-made Compur shutters and uncoated lenses. Around 1941 they switched to the American Supermatic shutter with a coated lens. Final production on these cameras stopped in 1948.
This camera has a classy Art-Deco style with its black enamel finish and a machined aluminum body. The aluminum strips and the size of the camera make the Bantam stand out among other folding cameras. It weighs in at only 17oz. and takes 828 roll film (28x40).
- Patrick Douglas