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    Photography issue in Paris, France.

    So I understand from reviewing some older posts that the French airport authorities insist on X-raying film and won't settle for a hand inspection, unlike US airports. In effect this means that I have to develop my B&W film in my Paris hotel bathroom before I return to the US?

    And incidentally, is it worth it for me to buy B&W sheet film and 120 rolls in Paris or should I buy it in the US? I'm thinking of buying a brick of Trix400 and 100 sheets of tmax 400 (higher speed because I apparently can't use a darned tripod in paris either!!!)
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    I'd heard this also, but they hand inspected my film without any hesitiation or passing on any of that famous Paris attitude and that during a transportation strike. In fact, I never did find that famous attitude and I looked all over that city for it!
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    I was there in May, and they insisted very strongly that I had to put it through the scanner - even though I had several rolls of Tmax3200! I caught a boatload of attitude. I guess it depends on the luck of the draw. For what it is worth, none of my negatives suffered any harm when I developed them back at home. I always mark any film that has been through a scanner once, and never take it on another trip, though. In my experience the damage is cumulative, and more than one trip through a scanner is inviting some fog.

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    you can use a tripod in Paris , I use one as don't know how to make sharp image with my 8x10 in Paris without the tripod.
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    Doesn't paris have a really, really big tripod kinda in the middle of everything??? I bet it could hold one of them billboard-format cameras.

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    I bet that particular tripod is REALLY a pain to fold up and carry around . . .
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    Hi Aslan,
    I'm living between Paris and LA. Never had any trouble with exposed film (BW). But I understand your issue, it's only a feeling between you and the security guy. He can be a pain and will certainly not speak english...Like in LAX, the guy will not speak french and be a pain too.

    Just pray the guy will like photography !

    If you want to buy film I can give you plenty of adresses in Paris.
    No problem for the tripod either. If a problem occurs (really if ),just pretend you are a tourist. That stuff is only for big shooting.

    Enjoy and if you need any advice, adress or contact, let me know.

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    Thank you Guillaume

    What are the prices of film like in Paris in comparison with the US?

    I will try to develop my own negs whilst in Paris since I am planning other trips to more distant spots. So, my trip to paris is going to be a learning experience. In addition to a digital SLR and a rolleiflex TLR, I am using a handheld 4x5 press camera, which is how I plan to get by without a tripod, which I have decided is too bulky to carry around anyway even if the Paris police were to disregard it. (I was however considering taking a self-standing monopod in place of a tripod -- will have to go to my local camera store to feel one out)
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    A pack of Tri-X (5x120) is 17 Euros without tax. It would be little more expensive than US but you save lot of space and weight.
    You can go on Prophot website (www.prophot.fr), you will be able to check out, film and chemical. They are in the 9eme Arr on rue condorcet. On the same street you have 2 other places, one is dedicated for renting (maybe the tripod).

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    If you ship the film back to the US, will it still get scanned? I'll bet if you send it FedEx or UPS, it'll get home before you...

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