The little Kodak Flash Bantam represents one of the all-time high points in camera design. The designers took the best aspects of 50 years of small camera experience and combined them with the 828 roll film format to produce a camera of unparalleled compactness and full-featured quality.
To shoot the Day of the Dead Marigold Parade in Albuquerque, I loaded a strip of 35mm Tri-X into the Bantam by taping the film ends onto the little 828 reels. The frame-counting window was covered with black tape, and some black paper behind the pressure plate also helped to keep the window light-tight. I rated the film at 200 ASA for development in Ilfosol 3. The Tri-X is not as forgiving of exposure errors as TMAX, but it can produce very nice sharpness and tonalities when you get it right.