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The Kodak Bantam is a folding camera using Kodak's 828 film format (35mm film with only 1 perforation per image). It was a very compact camera, designed by the famous Walter Dorwin Teague. The basic model had a 1:12.5 Doublet lens and a single speed shutter. It appeared in 1935, together with another model that had a 1:6.3 lens and a rigid finder. Most Bantams were strut folders, but the F.8 model of 1938 had a rectangular pull-out lens tube instead. The luxurious Bantam Special was launched in 1936, and some other models appeared in 1938. Optical replacement finders were available for the models with rigid or metal frame finder. The Flash Bantam appeared in 1947. The Bantam RF of Arthur H Crapsey was added in 1953, not as new folder but as compact rigid body model for the advanced fan of the 28×40mm frame format. Other simpler rigid body viewfinder cameras followed, the Bantam Colorsnap series.
The images above show the basic model. Here the other original model of that vintage year, and later models:
Kodak Bantam Special of 1936
Kodak Flash Bantam of 1947
Bantam 4.5 of 1938 and Flash Bantam of 1947
rectangular bakelite tube of 1938's Bantam F.8
- Bantam pictures at pbase.com
- Kodak patents, over 1,200 patents related to Kodak cameras.
- Design Patent - first Bakelite model by Walter Dorwin Teague
- Design patent - 1938 model by Walter Dorwin Teague
- Repair notes in Daniel Mitchell's camera site
- Bantam in the Virtual Camera Museum at www.virtualcameramuseum.com
- Bantam Special, Bantam 5,6, Bantam RF, Bantam Colorsnap on www.collection-appareils.fr by Sylvain Halgand
- Bantam 4,5 at Mark Hahn's 
- Flash Bantam on www.collection-appareils.fr by Sylvain Halgand
- Bantam Special at Gloriously Colorful Kodak's 
- Bantams at Mischa Koning's Kodak Classics 
- Bantam special at Au fil des images (in French)
- Kodak Bantam F.8 picture and additional information at "Antique_Camera_Guy's" Flickr Photostream
- Kodak Plus-X 828 Film picture and additional information at "Antique_Camera_Guy's" Flickr Photostream