May 20th, 2001, 06:26 PM
dan woodlief
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Some people use lead-lined bags. I would think it would at least help, but odds are that your film won't be damaged by the scanners at the terminal. Just don't send the film through with the checked baggage. Always at least ask for a hand check. It doesn't hurt.
May 21st, 2001, 04:09 AM
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As usual great advice from Dan.
The company that does my film processing told me that all lead bags are not created equal, however, Dan. In fact, they said some bags are worthless. Now the question is, how do you find one that is good?

Pat, good for you to be looking for a camera now. Those pictures will be precious reminders. When I took my three kids to England, I put together a small album for each of them (I had 4 sets of prints made), and included all the special little things that I picked up along the way. Each album became very personal with those items and are treasured by my children. I had museum passes, metro passes, tickets to the shows, labels off a favorite drink, etc., anything that would spark a memory.

Have a wonderful trip!
May 21st, 2001, 09:00 AM
dan woodlief
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I honestly don't know, since I haven't used the bags in a long time. I would take a look at Do a search on lead-lined bags and see if there is a past discussion on this topic. My guess is that you will find several good ones. You may also want to look at the Web sites of magazines such as Shutterbug and Popular Photography to see if any past issues contain articles on them. You may also want to use the Google search engine. Type in something like "lead-lined bags and reviews."
May 22nd, 2001, 04:05 AM
tally ho
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have i got a camera for you! i am leaving tomorrow for paris and i just purchased my second olympus IS-20 DLX. it is $279 at and it is well worth every penny. i had my first one for 3 years and recently dropped it and busted it beyond repair. i looked at many models, but none compare to this. it is FULLY automatic with a wonderful 28/110 zoom built in. it is super easy to use. if you find you want to be adventurous and really get into photography, it has many, many bells and whistles you can learn how to use. but if you want to keep it simple, just point and shoot. olympus should pay me for my advertising!
May 27th, 2001, 08:34 AM
Jim Tardio
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I use a "Sima" brand lead bag for my film. It's about 25 years old. For a long time they were the only company that made these things.

One other tip is to wait until the x-ray machine is empty before you put your bag on the don't want it to stop inside the machine.

I like Fuji film over Kodak, but I shoot slide film. Someone above mentioned Fuji NPH....great print film with very natural colors. And it works well in very contrasty light.

Thanks to those folks who visited my site. I appreciate your kind words.

Don't get too hung up on the camera. Most of what's out there today is more than capable of taking great shots as long as you learn to operate the camera correctly.
May 27th, 2001, 09:39 AM
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Someone asked about Fuji's 800 speed film a few posts back -- I have had great success with it. You can snap in any situation and the pictures come out great, very colorful!

May 27th, 2001, 10:22 AM
Marc David Miller
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Re: Fuji 800

I have blown up photos taken on this film up to 8x10 (and then even sometimes blown up details to the equivalent of 22x28) and am happy with the results. One thing to remember is that especially with a point and shoot you are able to take photos 2x faster with this film than with 400 speed (and 8x faster than 100), so shake is reduced, which (often) compensates for any increase in graininess.

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