Kodak Bantam Special

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The Kodak Bantam Special was the rangefinder-focusing, top-end model in Kodak's Bantam range, designed for 828 film.

It was produced in two series: From 1936 to 1940 using a Compur shutter; and from 1941-1948 with a Supermatic shutter, which is the rarer version.[1]. Kodak Ektar f/2 45mm lens. The focus lever must be pushed past the infinity setting to unlock the standard for closing. The case design by Walter Dorwin Teague is extremely striking; McKeown calls it "a masterpiece of art-deco styling" and Stephen Gandy of Cameraquest describes it as "one of the most beautiful camera designs ever".[2]


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover).
  2. Kodak Bantam Special at CameraQuest


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