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#1 Nealesk

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:03 PM

Hi, new member here. I asked a question over in the 16mm forum about purchasing a camera and got incredible responses so I thought I'd ask another perplexing question.

 

I'll be traveling to Cambodia, Kenya & Ecuador this summer to make my newest film. I will probably take 1000-2000 feet of film in 100 foot spools.

 

So my question, how does traveling with film work? Don't you have to get everything X-Rayed when you travel by plane? What is the best way to approach shooting film when traveling to different countries??

 

Any ideas are much appreciated!

Thanks


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#2 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

There have been one or two threads on the Xray issue.  If you find one you could resurect that.

Cheers.


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#3 Heikki Repo

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:59 PM

You can travel with film but NEVER put it in the checked luggage (= luggage that goes in to the cargo hold). Those x-ray scanners are powerful and will almost definately ruin your film. Hand luggage -- the luggage you can take with you when boarding the plane -- should be safe as those x-ray scanners are usually much weaker.

 

Kodak suggest their film material should never be x-rayed. Unfortunately that isn't always possible. However, if you follow the guideline mentioned above you should be safe in most cases.


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#4 Kip Kubin

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:27 PM

TSA will hand check film if you ask.

Always ask.
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 12:04 AM

Ask for a hand check of film-- and keep a changing bag with you as well.

Also investigate if you can buy stock in country-- or have it shipped to your hotel/place you're staying.

Never check film-- always carry on.

Minimize the amount of times it goes through X Ray

Once exposed, see if you can ship it out of the country for processing-- or if there is a lab near you (check with Kodak they keep a list).

Also the slower the stock the less you have to worry about.

 

DO NOT PUT IT IN LEAD LINED OR X RAY PROOF THINGS-- This will only mean they will turn up the power on their scanners.


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#6 pierre robichaud

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:11 PM

I've found drastic inconsistencies with this. One airport will allow you to pass and others will not let you through. I stated the hand check policy and was told by a TSA agent, " I'm not sticking my hand in there. I don't know what you could have in it." I had to stay behind in Newark to go to the nearest FedEx station and have all of our negative sent that way. Most TSA security X-rays state that anything below 800ASA is safe, but as with all other TSA statements I'd take it with a grain of salt. Bottom line is, as others have suggested, be prepared to have it sent out of country prior to your departure.

good luck!


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