The Kodak Bantam RF of 1954-1957 was designed by Kodak's Arthur H Crapsey. It was made of brown plastic (bakelite), aluminium and other metal. It made 28×40mm exposures on Kodak's type No. 828 special 35mm paper backed roll film and was equipped with a non-self-cocking Flash 300 shutter and 50mm f/3.9 Kodak Ektanon lens. The Bantam's 3 element lens contains thorium oxide, and is in fact mildly radioactive. Like many of Kodak's more upscale offerings of the 1950's, it had an excellent optical viewfinder with superimposed coupled rangefinder. The film advance knob elevated for easier winding.
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- Bantam RF at Mischa Koning's Kodak Classics 
- Kodak patents, over 1,200 patents related to Kodak cameras.
- manual at Michael Butkus Jr.'s 
- Bantam RF at Sylvain Halgand's www.collection-appareils.fr