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X-rays And Film

Sat Feb 22, 2003 11:20 am

Tomorrow I'm going on a vacation to Rome and Athens for a week and I was wondering about film. What should I do about it? I'm not planning on taking any really "professional" quality photos of anything but I'm unsure about the film and the various x-ray machines at the airports. I'm using a canon elf and would like to know if the film is going to get ruined by the x-ray machines no matter what I do or if I should just buy film when I get to my locations and develop it over there. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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RE: X-rays And Film

Sat Feb 22, 2003 12:03 pm

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/51742/6/ I know it may talk about US Airports but to be on the safe side buy the lead bag and mabye put it in your carry on .
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RE: X-rays And Film

Sat Feb 22, 2003 1:36 pm

I would not use the lead bag. These days they will just crank up the juice to try and see what is in side the bag. What the people at the airport recomend is to just put your rolls into the container that you put your change, cell phone, pager, etc. in, and let them hand check it. Both unexposed and exposed film should be hand checked not x-rayed.

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RE: X-rays And Film

Sat Feb 22, 2003 4:29 pm

In the US, you will have the right to request hand inspection of your film no matter what the film speed is. They may try and talk you out of it if you have less than 800 speed, but they still have to honor your request.

The tricky part is going to be in Europe. They have no such rule about hand inspecting anything at all and likely will make you run your film through the machine. I have used the lead bag before on foreign trips. Just make sure that you do not put the film in checked luggage. Most of the checkpoints for scanning carry-ons do not have x-ray levels high enough to ruin your film on a couple of passes. One thing though--damage to undeveloped film by x-rays is cumulative. This is what the guys at security checkpoints never tell you. So, if you travel through a lot of airports, museums, or landmarks that have x-ray machines all on one trip, it could at some point add up and possibly fog your film. In those cases, I would recommend either periodically developing your film during the trip or simply buy film there when you need to.

Again, if your film gets scanned no more than a couple of times on your return trip, I would not worry about it.
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RE: X-rays And Film

Sat Feb 22, 2003 9:33 pm

Where does one find a lead case?
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RE: X-rays And Film

Sat Feb 22, 2003 11:19 pm

Thanks for all the replies.


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