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  1. panocho

    panocho TPF Noob!

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    I've read a lot about airports' x-rays damaging the film, but... is that really so or it's rather another one of those obsesed-exagerations? what do your experiences say?
    As far as I'm concerned, I've been scanned film a lot of times, and never noticed any real damage. And I'm talking about both unexposed and exposed film. Sometimes I did notice some lack of color saturation, for example, but I'm pretty sure that's my fault (bad photographer, you know ;) ) or/and the film I chose, but not x-rays, since that was definitely not a clear fog, or things like that.

    Soon I'll be travelling with a lot of film (again, both exposed and unexposed) and I'm becoming a little obsesed, I must confess. Should I really worry about x-rays? what are your experiences?
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    It depends on the film speed. If you're just using slow 100 or 200 speed film, then you wont' have any trouble going through airport security a couple times. If you're using 3200 speed, you probably will and should have it handchecked. I am not sure where the breaking point in between is.
     
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    pursuer TPF Noob!

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    Its seems logical that X-rays would damage film after all X-rays are just light beyond ultraviolet, but I can't talk from experience so this post really dosn't help you much, sorry :p
     
  4. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    I've never had a roll of film damaged before. But it's always been low ASA never higher than 200. I've looked around a bit on the net and most people say that even low ASA film will be damaged if you x-ray scan it more than 4 or 5 times.
    You also have to remember that different airports might have different strengths of x-ray scanning as well. If in doubt - just get them to hand check it.
     
  5. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    It depends on what you consider acceptable risks. I hand check all film that I am carrying on me, and try to overnight Fed Ex the rest to my destination.
     
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    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    I have just come back from holiday. My films seem to be fine. I used all 200 though. I think I have heard its 800+ to worry about.
     

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