With its beautiful Art Deco styling by Walter Dorwin Teague, the Kodak Bantam Special is one of the most beautiful camera designs ever. The Special’s clam shell styling enabled it to become a truly pocketable, and practical carry everywhere camera. It measures only 3 3/16″ x 4 13/16″ x 1 13/16 deep (81x124x45mm) and weighs in at a petite 17oz. Its body is remarkably elegant, having a beautiful black enamel finish with machined aluminum die cast body. The lens is clean, and the shutter works nicely. HOWEVER, THE CLAMSHELL DOOR MECHANICS DO NOT OPEN SMOOTHLY. The door opens about 10% of the way, and hangs up there. With minimal pulling pressure, the door snaps past the obstruction, and opens the rest of the way. When the door snaps past the hang-up, it makes a distinct clicking/snapping sound , like pulling back and flicking one piece of metal against another. Once the door is open, the camera seems to be in decent condition. The lens is mostly clean, with no scratches, haze or mold. The lens looks good from the rear as well. And the shutter is firing nicely at varying speeds. The aperture blades are opening and closing smoothly. The bellows look to be in good condition. NOTE – the focus dial is a little stiff, but still has full movement with some extra pressure. Cosmetically, in fair to good condition. Most notably, the exterior enamel has some pit marks in the black finish – see pics. And the bottom of the camera has some of the black enamel paint chipped away – see pic. And some of the interior metal components have tarnished a bit. Plus some minor dust and dirt in cracks and crevices. The item “Kodak Bantam Special Art Deco Folding Rangefinder Camera with Ektar 45mm /2 Lens” is in sale since Thursday, December 29, 2016. This item is in the category “Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\Rangefinder Cameras”. The seller is “byospin” and is located in Lumberton, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, to China, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, TH, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, RU, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, to Switzerland, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, BR, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.
- Brand: Kodak
- Model: Bantam Special
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States