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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolleijoe View Post
    All was fine until the trip back, when one of the "inspectors" wanted me to open the camera, so she could look inside!
    I told her there was film in it, and opening the back would ruin it. It took one of the guys there, who was more friendly (and agreed with me), to just let it go. The whole thing only lasted about 2 minutes, but seemed like forever.
    Same thing happened to me many years ago. They were friendly but less forgiving and kept insisting on the camera being opened... so I removed the waist-level finder and showed them the mirror compartment. That seemed to satisfy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    Generally, X-rays DON'T hurt your film unless it is fast film (over 800 speed) or getting multiple doses in a relatively short period of time (say 6 or 8 scans in 24 hours kind of thing). Your film gets more radiation exposure while in flight than it does going through the carry-on scanner.
    Carry on, yes, checked no. Just a point for those who might not have realized that - never check film. That stuff gets X-rayed with a Roentgen-rammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolleiman View Post
    ...but one person left me a bit speechless when he asked "why has it got two lenses"?.......er...."One for film, one for digital" I replied.......my inquisitor went away seemingly very impressed.
    I must remember this one!
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Carry on, yes, checked no. Just a point for those who might not have realized that - never check film. That stuff gets X-rayed with a Roentgen-rammer.
    That's why I said carry-on. Yes, checked baggage scanners will royally screw up your film. I know this from personal experience. I had checked my 4x5 film holders in my suitcase to save carry-on weight and bulk. Weeeeelllll..... I forgot I had several sheets of 4x5 color negative film still loaded. I got to my destination, shot it, and when it was processed, well... the rest is history as they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
    That's why I said carry-on. Yes, checked baggage scanners will royally screw up your film. I know this from personal experience. I had checked my 4x5 film holders in my suitcase to save carry-on weight and bulk. Weeeeelllll..... I forgot I had several sheets of 4x5 color negative film still loaded. I got to my destination, shot it, and when it was processed, well... the rest is history as they say.
    Even so, we are supposed to be given hand inspection of film if requested. Better safe than sorry. But my experience has been that the TSA folk aren't cooperative in that regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRHazelton View Post
    Even so, we are supposed to be given hand inspection of film if requested. Better safe than sorry. But my experience has been that the TSA folk aren't cooperative in that regard.
    Yeah- they can be a real noodge about it when they feel like it. I've decided that the hassle isn't worth it and just let the film go through. I'd rather have to replace a couple rolls than miss my flight because some dingus at TSA decides to swab every roll of film for explosives since I demanded a hand-inspection.

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    Apparently some third world countries still have primitive X-ray equipment that could harm your film...also a colleague who insisted on hand inspection of his film found that the security idiots started pulling each roll of film out of its cassette to "inspect" it!.....Airports seem to bring out the worst in people.....They are supposed to grant you a manual inspection, but just try enforcing that agreement!

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    I cannot remember how many times I insisted on hand inspection! I think only once I was successful in my persuasions in Switzerlans, back in the early 2000's !
    But the most intellectually argumented reply-refusal for hand inspection I got in Helsinki a few years back (for hand baggage):"it gets less radiation here than during the flight!" and it was a 3-hour flight only! I had to believe....sadly, I never checked if was just a fake statement or there were some facts too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolleiman View Post
    Sometimes I get stopped by former film photographers, regretting selling their old gear, but one person left me a bit speechless when he asked "why has it got two lenses"?.......er...."One for film, one for digital" I replied.......my inquisitor went away seemingly very impressed.
    I don't see the purpose in giving an idiot answer to an intelligent question.
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    But a wonderful ice-breaker at a party...and then add, "And all seriousness aside, I prefer the bottom one -- it does the film." if they demand to see the digital image, open the waist level viewer and start pointing at things on the GG with one of your 'digits'.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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