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  1. #1

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    Jan 1999

    Latest on traveling by plane?

    OK. I've decided I can't go to southern France without taking an 8x10. Instead o f the Deardorff, I'll take a much lighter Bender, and a smaller tripod than I us ually use. My question is, what is the latest on traveling with film? I'm contem plating shipping film ahead of time, and Fedexing it home.

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    Latest on traveling by plane?

    Carry-on x-ray machines won't fog your film unless you're using something very fast. Checked bag x-ray machines *will* fog your film. If it makes you feel better, put the film in a separate bag so that when they rock your camera bag back and forth under the x-ray emitter, they won't be getting the film too.

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    Latest on traveling by plane?

    Bruce there was just a nice long thread on going to France and taking film over in the archived section of You should definetly read it as there was many responses concerning this question, and from what I gather there was not hardly any problems going thru their scanners. There was also a rec by many to buy film there. The thread (which was really quite long) drew many responses on where to go to shoot as well, so it is definetly a very good resource on shooting in France. Go here: msg_id=002Djc

  4. #4

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    Mar 2002
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Latest on traveling by plane?


    The guy on was going with a Canon 35mm. I wouldn't bet the trip I'd fi nd 8X10 unless I knew in advance where to buy it and how much they had. You can find 35mm anywhere, but you won't find roll and sheet film very easily in France except in camera shops, just like here.



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    Nov 2001

    Latest on traveling by plane?

    Flew out of PHL early last month, observed a small group of people with 4x5 gear, 4x5 film in boxes, some sealed, some not, and 120 film, some exposed, some still in the box. They tried to be adamant about not running their film through the carry-on xray machine, the security guys insisted on opening the boxes if they couldn't be x-rayed. Not a nice scene. Idiots and semi-reasonable ignoramuses, respectively.

    I was shooting only 135 that trip, so just ran my briefcase with 20 rolls of KM and 10 of EB through the machine and went about my business.

    Is there a moral? I don't know, but since seems to be the case that the carry-on x-ray machines won't harm slower (ISO < 1000) films I don't see the point of picking fights. FWIW, eventually something-or-other prevailed and the photographers flew.



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    Latest on traveling by plane?

    I posted this before, but i'll post it again...

    Well, I don't want to cause problems, and my experience was just my experience, but I sent my girlfriend to Mexico (post Sept. 11th) with Fuji 160ASA film (NPS or NPC, can't remember), and she came back with the tell-tail yellowish fog line going through her prints, including shots she hadn't exposed but had processed (i.e., black prints with a yellowish fog line going through the center).

    I know everyone says, no problem, under 1000 ASA will be ok, but that's not what happen in this instance, even with "slow" film. I hope that this is an isolated/unique case.


  7. #7

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    Sep 1998
    Oregon and Austria

    Latest on traveling by plane?


    I live in Europe part of the year and have found that it is easier to simply by film there. This completely eliminates traveling with film and the attendant worries. I imagine the film you use can be purchased in France, or at least in the EU, in advance and shipped to your address there. Lotus View Camera in Austria and Robert White in London are two reliable sources that I have done business with (the people at Lotus speak great English). I'm sure there are others in France as well.

    If you can buy film there, then, if possible, try to develop it there as well. This way you can just carry it on the plane with you on the way home. I know Lotus has a darkroom available for precisely this situation and I would imagine someone in France does as well. Perhaps some of the European participants on this forum can be of assistance in this matter as well.

    Hope this helps, ;^D)

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    Jun 2000

    Latest on traveling by plane?

    I agree with the post that suggested it is safer to put film in carry on bag and not in checked baggage. I recently took 3 seperate trips and carried a box with some HP5. After the first trip (4 xray screenings) I pulled some sheets and processed. 2nd Trip involved 5 screenings (cumulative total 9) pulled some sheets and processed. 3rd trip 4 more screenings and processed remainder which had a total of 13 passes. I had a lab check each batch with a densitometer and the first two showed no problems, the third had visible fogging.

    There are obviously variables in machines and perhaps the intensity with which they are used, but this has convinced me for now that your ok depending on number of flights the trip involves.

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    Hi Bruce, I agree with Dean and James, you must keep your sheets in your carry on bag, since carry-on X-rays machines will not fog them(<5 runs, according to Kodak recommendation)( and probably <1600 iso).For checked bags, most of internationals airports are now fitted up with InVision Technologies CTX5000 & CTX5500 tomographs and L3 Scans (rotating tube), they are very powerfull and ONE run is sufficient to damage a film, even the slowest. I hope this can help you. Best regards

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    Latest on traveling by plane?

    try this online shop : the shop is based in paris, you can use chronopost (24 hours delivery)

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