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    Packing film for travel and conserving space

    I will be backpacking in NZ this year and plan to take along ~30 rolls of 35mm Tri-X carried between myself and a friend. I will be removing the rolls from their boxes to conserve space and would like to find a nice way to store them in my bag while taking up the least space.

    Does anyone know of any good 35mm roll plastic holders for travel? Or a simple trick to get them together and stored away in a bag - perhaps take the rolls out of their canisters, tape the leader to the body and keep the film in a ziplock bag in a side pocket of the bag?

    Also, I have posted this in the NZ forum just for any advice as to how to get through customs quick and easy with my film and any potential problems or situation advice. It will come with me on the plane on a carry on bag.

    Thanks, Chris

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    I would not take the films out from the canisters. Getting rid of boxes should be enough.

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    I've found that I can pack them much tighter without the canisters. Plus they will become a problem of disposal when in intermediate locations. If the film is kept in a watertight ziplock bag then it should be fine...

    However I could put the used film back into the canisters and have more room for labeling. Though I would be carrying empty canisters of air while film is loaded....

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    As Werra says keep the film in the canisters or a waterproof food container. Having had a camera written off in a backpack during a heavy rainstorm last year I'd also make sure you have ziplock bags or plastic containers for your cameras and lenses as well.

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    I'd also leave the film in the canisters to keep everything clean and dry. I suppose you could take them out and put them in some kind of long tube, but I'm not sure that gets you much. Presumably you only have one roll per camera loaded at a time, so it's not a lot of empty air space, and they will protect your exposed film, so you don't need to dispose of them en route.
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    I had success by packing lots of 20 films into black bags then putting inside a vacuum sealer. Works very well... You can get these vacuum sealers quite cheap from homewares type places.

    I spent a month in NZ last year for work and i would certainly insist on visual inspection. They use older style X-ray machines at Auckland and Christchurch airports and have potentially much higher radiation levels.

    If you are going through customs i'd say leave in canisters in zip lock bags. They are quite inquisitive.

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    I'm thinking of those green containers designed for compacting film space. You find them in Japan and there is a post on John Sypals blog about them (Valerian).

    I will look for it.

    Thanks for the advice. The plan is to have 3 cameras loaded at all times.

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    Only 30 rolls of 135 film!!! :rolleyes:

    I took my Ebony (large format camera) to Spitsbergen last Summer and took 5 boxes of Fuji Quickload film (100 sheets of 5x4)...

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    I shoot in a rational and conservative style :P However I might be doing a lot of bracketing in the snow..... oh dear

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