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Shooting in Iceland

I want to go to Iceland to shoot some still but I am worried about transporting my unexposed film there and my exposed film back. I know about the lead bags, has any one been lately? Any sugestions?

by Andrew Smith at 2007-06-29 04:38:41 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Los Angeles , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

There are quite a few post about this on LS under “x-ray airports etc.”
For some reason I can’t put the link here, so search under posts and replies with the key words for the info you’re looking for and thye should come up.
and I remember one about someone’s film being ruined, possibly by x-ray machines.

by Angela Cumberbirch | 29 Jun 2007 04:06 (ed. Jun 29 2007) | Manhattan, New York, United States | | Report spam→
As far as I know the proffesional lab there is not to be trustedany more. It has gone trhough to much changes. I could though double check if you want me to, just p.m me. If you have your films in a separate bag I know for shure that the guys at the airport are nice dealing with. They would do hand check on them for you if asked. Still things are getting more troublesome when going to USA that they have before so you never know.

Any other info you need and think I can help with just p.m me.


by Kristjan Logason | 29 Jun 2007 10:06 | Mexico city, Mexico | | Report spam→
I have been through Iceland a lot and I have found if you are in the airport early, (so that security is not busy) play nice, and explain you are a professional.. they will hand check film.. clean cans, clear bags. PM me and I will give you a name of a security officer I know there.. He and or his name might help..


by [former member] | 29 Jun 2007 18:06 | Charlottesville, Virginia, United States | | Report spam→
When flying through Gatwick airport in March this year, the guys in the security agreed to check my films, but as a side comment, they claimed that the rolls would be exposed to a lot more radiation while actually being carried on the plane than when being run through a normal luggage scanner. Whether or not that’s true, I don’t know, but I must say that I doubt it – two of twenty films were slightly foggy when I got home, and those were my two 3200ISO films.

Kodak has this info: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/tib/tib5201.shtml

by Mikkel Tscherning | 29 Jun 2007 18:06 (ed. Jun 29 2007) | Skive, Denmark | | Report spam→
when I was still shooting film.. I once carried a roll of 1600 unexposed on purpose through 2 USA scanners, 2 Dutch scanners and 6 Russian scanners. Once home I developed them w/o shooting to look for fog and I was clean..

But of course it only takes one mal-adjusted machine and/or screener to ruin a day/week/month.

by [former member] | 29 Jun 2007 20:06 | Charlottesville, Virginia, United States | | Report spam→
The TSA or whatever their equivalent designation is are exceptionally friendly and accomodating with film at RVK. All you need to do is request a handcheck and explain your situation. They were more reasonable than any stateside or EU airport I’ve been through.

Good luck,

by Mark Kohlman | 29 Jun 2007 21:06 | Minneapolis, MN, United States | | Report spam→
When I was in Iceland shooting film years ago out of an F4s, I just had the film processed while downtown, with no enlargements. It was just easier than bringing back 50 rolls of unprocessed film.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 29 Jun 2007 23:06 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
The effect of radiation on film is cumulative. So whatever the exposure the film has to radiation while you are on the airplane might be, the radiation from the security scanner would add to it.

by Barry Milyovsky | 30 Jun 2007 00:06 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
I tend to agree with Aaron. I develope my films while
overseas. With a good lab, no only can I check that my
shots are okay, but at the same time save on the development
costs. Really depends where you are but definately worth a

by Singapore Photographers - Eugene Choy | 30 Jun 2007 12:06 | singapore, Singapore | | Report spam→

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