Bantam Special

Eastman Kodak Company (American, estab. 1892)1936-07

George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum
Rochester, United States

The Kodak Bantam Special, introduced in 1936, was a self-erecting roll-film camera using 828 film (also known as Bantam, as it was introduced for this camera). A striking design by Walter Dorwin Teague in his trademark Art Deco style, it displayed strong horizontal, bright metallic lines on a black enamel die-cast body. In addition to being stylish, it was a compact camera fitted with a 45mm f/2.0 Kodak Anastigmat lens (later renamed the Kodak Ektar lens); it is the first Kodak camera featuring a lens of this speed. Other features included a 1/500 second shutter and a split image rangefinder focus.


  • Title: Bantam Special
  • Creator: Eastman Kodak Company (American, estab. 1892)
  • Date Created: 1936-07
  • Credit line: George Eastman Museum, gift of Robert Consler

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps