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    Bad development or X-Ray Damaged

    I developed 4 rolls in my tank last night and they all came back with these wavy lines. Have any of you seen this before?
    It's Tri-X 400. This roll had the worse lines, the others were smaller.
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    First, was your film x-rayed? I.e., you were traveling, you went through an airport or two or dozen, and now you're developing the results. If not, then probably that's not from an x-ray machine.

    The pattern doesn't look like x-ray damage, and it doesn't look like a development light leak. I can't imagine a camera doing that. It looks like something horrible happened at Kodak.

    (Oh, BTW, welcome to the forum!!)

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    Looks like X-ray scanning to me.

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    I did go on a trip recently, I had my film in my checked luggage, but I was under the impression that anything below 800ISO would be fine. I guess not
    Last edited by MikeBamboo; 04-23-2013 at 10:33 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    A CT scanner may have been used on your checked baggage. (I can't say for sure, though.)

    For the past decade (or more) there have been advisories against inlcuding film in your checked baggage. You may have just learned a sad lesson by personal experience.

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    I thought maybe it was my error when putting the film in the reels, maybe I got a glimpse of light, but for the damage to have happened to the entire rolls seems very odd to me. Also there are edge markings throughout the roll. I'm so confused by this.

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    The wavy effect can be best explained by something happening to the film while it was tightly rolled. If the x-rays came at the film obliquely from one end, any effect would wave once the film was unrolled.

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    Some images on the net do look like your sample... search with:
    x-ray damage film image

    or see
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/servi...01.shtml#SEC43

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    Sorry this happened to you.
    Don't ever put your film in checked luggage. Always put it in your carry-on.
    You learned a very sad lesson, I'm afraid. Sucks.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

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    Thanks everyone for your help. Looks like I may have to throw out the 16 rolls of film I have
    Bah, you live and learn. Thanks everyone.

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