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    I'm going to San Francisco in August and I plan on bulk loading film into plastic cannisters. Do you think there would be a difference in exposure between plastic and metal cannisters?
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    Seriously, I'm concerned about xray exposure being greater for plastic cannisters. Any comments?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ara Ghajanian
    Seriously, I'm concerned about xray exposure being greater for plastic cannisters. Any comments?
    Sorry. I don't have any experience with the plastic cans. If you're really concerned, perhaps you could stow the film in some kind of metal box? A coffee can would be quite a bit heavier metal than that used for 35mm canisters. I guess it depends on how much film you're planning to carry though.

    San Francisco is a very modern and well supplied city. There are several well stocked stores here. Why not simply purchase what you need when you get here?

    Alternatively, you could send all your film ahead of you via Fed-Ex. They will not x-ray that which is declared as film (or, so they say). There are a bunch of us living here in the SF Bay area. I am sure any of us would be happy to receive you film. I don't get into the city very often but, am happy to help in this fashion if you wish....send me a PM if that is what you want to do.

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    I dont think that Xray should be a problem for bw film because xray is below the ultraviolet the wave length that panchromatic film just touches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Mutch
    I dont think that Xray should be a problem for bw film because xray is below the ultraviolet the wave length that panchromatic film just touches.
    You know, that's a great explaination. Thanks. I was bulk loading APX100, so obviously it won't be affected.

    Brads,
    Thanks for the offer, I really appreciate it. I'm going to take your advice and buy color film from Calumet in SF. Can you think of any other place in town that is worth going to? Plus, do you know of a good lab for processing that is also fairly inexpensive. I figure I might as well process in SF since you guys probably have better labs than Rhode Island.
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    Please look under my gallery for an image I posted of an ocean scene. It was 100 speed film that went thru the carryon scanner at an airport scanner ONE TIME! It has very distinct scan bars through the whole photograph.

    They say it will not hurt anything below 800...WELL IT CLEARLY RUINED A WHOLE BOX OF 8x10 sheet film in 100 speed!

    Dont trust those people. Just send your film by mail where it is not scanned with Xrays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ara Ghajanian
    <...snip> Brads,
    Thanks for the offer, I really appreciate it. I'm going to take your advice and buy color film from Calumet in SF. Can you think of any other place in town that is worth going to? Plus, do you know of a good lab for processing that is also fairly inexpensive. I figure I might as well process in SF since you guys probably have better labs than Rhode Island.
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    Ara, I live about sixty miles east of the city and I don't often make the trek...except by Bart. I've been to Calumet a few times. It is a nice store and relatively easy to find. Definitely worth a visit. There must be a few hundred camera / film stores in the city. Most cater to the tourist crowd (which can be very substantial on the weekends) and really don't merit much more than a casual glance. All of 'em still sell 35mm color print film though! There is another big pro camera store in SF that I am aware of but have never visited - Adolph Gassers. Their web site is (or, was) perfectly horrid...so bad in fact that I can't bring myself to even think about shopping there.

    I deal mainly with Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto. They have everything. Their pricing is kinda strange however. They seem to be competetive with the big NY houses on anything they think is "professional" but, they really sock it to ya on the consumer stuff. So, for example, they want $8.00 or so for a 36 exp roll of Fuji Superia X-tra (Walmat sells this stuff for something like $10 for four rolls of 24exp) but, a box of 4x5 Sheet film - anybox will be priced almost exactly at the same price as it is at B&H or Adorama....go figure. Two stores on the same block - they have everything! Try to avoid the place at lunch time on weekdays as it is filled with silicon valley tech geeks (like me).

    While you are in town, do be sure to visit the SF Museum of Modern Art. Get there early! The Oakland museum, accross the bay, is also very worthwhile.

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    oh, labs...you asked about those too. I don't know of any in the city but am certain there are more than a few. Perhaps, somebody who lives closer in will chime in? If you're shooting slides, Calypso Imaging is down in Sunnyvale - kinda a long way from SF but, worth the effort. Their prices are fantastic and they do fabulous work. (they have a huge Galen Rowell print on the wall at one end of the counter too ). There are few noteworthy labs across the bay in Oakland and Berkeley too...but, I get up that way even less than I do into the city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ara Ghajanian
    Can you think of any other place in town that is worth going to? Plus, do you know of a good lab for processing that is also fairly inexpensive.
    You can try Looking Glass in Berkeley 510-548-6888 - I was teasing them about having Pyrocat HD, and Aggie went and pulled some off the shelf. Calypso for processing film, is a good choice - I use them for all my sheet film processing.
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    While departing from the Detroit airport earlier this summer I asked for a hand inspection of my 120 roll film. The tsa chick said i needed to remove the packaging from all rolls. I stated that this has never happened to me before and it shouldn't if tsa rules are a nationwide standard. She said that she was a former professional photographer and it was necessesary. She said i could look online to find out how to reseal the packages! I didn't want not so fresh film so i put it through the scanner. Anyone else had this happen?
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