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#1 Gene Fojtik

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:04 PM

In balancing the scales of budget and safety, which shipping options are acceptable for both unprocessed and processed negative?

I have been shipping 35mm negative via FedEx 2nd day air both ways but it is doubling my processing costs. The lab does not want to ship any slower than 2nd day. It would take 4 days via FedEx ground each way, but would be 1/3 to 1/4 the cost.

Is it relatively safe to ship unprocessed negative via FedEx ground?

How about processed negative?

I am thinking a combo of 2nd for the unprocessed neg and 4 day ground for the processed as a way of saving? Obviously money is more of an issue than speed for my project but I don't want to be overly risky or spend more than I need to due to misplaced fear.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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#2 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:38 AM

In balancing the scales of budget and safety, which shipping options are acceptable for both unprocessed and processed negative?

I have been shipping 35mm negative via FedEx 2nd day air both ways but it is doubling my processing costs. The lab does not want to ship any slower than 2nd day. It would take 4 days via FedEx ground each way, but would be 1/3 to 1/4 the cost.

Is it relatively safe to ship unprocessed negative via FedEx ground?

How about processed negative?

I am thinking a combo of 2nd for the unprocessed neg and 4 day ground for the processed as a way of saving? Obviously money is more of an issue than speed for my project but I don't want to be overly risky or spend more than I need to due to misplaced fear.

Thanks for your thoughts.

The important things to consider in the case of unprocessed film are:
Will the film be X-rayed which can cause fogging?
Will the film be subjected to heat during transit which can also cause problems with fogging and high minimum density?
Unprocessed film should be processed as soon as possible after exposure.

In the case of processed film it is probably only important to ensure the film is not subject to heat, although it doesn't have much effect in the short term.


Probably your combination of 2 and 4 days is OK provided you ensure the unprocessed film is not X-rayed.
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#3 David Rakoczy

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 03:29 PM

I have been Fed Exing Neg from Florida to LA (and back) for 7 years now.... not one problem. Kodak (on their site) has a DO NOT X-RAY label you can print out.. I place on on each side of the box.
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 03:41 PM

I have been Fed Exing Neg from Florida to LA (and back) for 7 years now.... not one problem. Kodak (on their site) has a DO NOT X-RAY label you can print out.. I place on on each side of the box.


Via ground or air?
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#5 David Rakoczy

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 03:49 PM

I have been using Air... FL to LA priority overnight.
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