Disposible Camera in France

May 16th, 2007, 11:40 AM
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Disposible Camera in France

Hi all,

Last question before my trip.. My friend is bring her digital camera for our trip to Paris and will make copies of the pictures for me. But now I'm thinking of bringing a couple of disposible camera in case there is something I want of picture of and she is not around. Has anyone ever used a disposible camera in Europe and if so, will the xray machine in the airport ruin the pictures?

As always, thanks in advance for your advice!
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May 16th, 2007, 11:48 AM
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Never used a disposable camera on a trip, but the good old film cameras before digitals came along. They're both based on the same principle. None of my pictures ever got ruined. In fact, pictures I took on a roll of film during our honeymoon in Spain turned out fantastic.

It's a good idea to get the disposable. Have a great trip!
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May 16th, 2007, 12:10 PM
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Put the camera and any film you have in your carry-on bag. The x-rays are not as strong as what is used for checked baggage. I would suggest putting the cameras in a ziplock bag so they are easy to pull out in case you need inspection.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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and you can of course buy them everywhere in France.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:17 PM
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If you do take a couple - be sure to put them in carry-on only - never in checked bags. They will survive just fine. As mentioned you can also buy them in France - but they will cost a bit more.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:18 PM
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Who wants pictures taken with a 15¢ lens?

Geez, spend a few bucks and get a no-frills digital with some decent optics. Even a cell phone camera would be better than that disposable crap.

And by the way - a digital will finesse that entire X-ray/film issue.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:29 PM
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Robespierre,

These were taken with a disposable camera, and are, in my mind, decent:

http://tinyurl.com/2zs99q

Of course, panoramic views don't require the same sharpness as portraits or anything in between.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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I don't try to be a professional photographer when i take pictures of my trip but mainly to keep cherished memories alive.

whether the resolution is better or not i don't care as long as i can see the picture so to speak.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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260x400? Decent? Well - okay.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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if i can make out the picture it's good enough for me. Having a proper camera is just another piece of valuables to protect for whatever better resolution i may garner from it.

i take few photos anyway - sometimes i buy a cheap disposable camera then if the whim overcomes me to start snapping.
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May 16th, 2007, 12:47 PM
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Why not have the film developed (on to a CD) before you head back home? It will probably cost a little more in Europe, but won't cause you any concern about x-ray damage. Althernative, hand the camera to the security guy and ask him to bypass the scanner. But, with digital cameras being so cheap these days, bring your own digital camera. Carry the storage card separately from the camera whenever possible so that if the camera and you get separated, you'll still have the pictures on the storage card (SD or other format).
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May 16th, 2007, 12:47 PM
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The digital resolution may well be a function of the scanner (HP PSC 1610) and not the negative.
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May 16th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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If these photos were scanned then the digital resolution is of course a result of the scanning. Scan the photo with a better scanner you'll get better resolution.
I would buy you disposables in Paris, and maybe have them developed as suggested before you leave for home. If you aren't going to take many photos then a disposable will be just fine, especially as your friend will be duplicating theirs for you. No sense in you both taking photos of the identical thing, which will happen if you buy a digital. If you buty them before you leave keep them in your handbaggage - they will be fine. Don't ask for them to not be scanned - that will like as not just annoy the security guy and caould lead to all sorts of grief.
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May 16th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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I don't know if it is still true with the flood of digital cameras, but for years France was the #1 user in the world of disposable cameras. I used dozens of them in the old days.
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May 16th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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if worried about scanning mail your films home - don't think much mail stuff is scanned but i may be wrong
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May 16th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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I've used disposable cameras for year with great results. No the xray machine does not hurt it. You can bring home the entire camera, or crack it open and extract only the roll of film once it's complete.
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May 16th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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I know people here on the forum don't believe it, but I've even enlarged them, have them hanging on the wall in my apartment, and people have asked what kind of a camera I used because the results are so nice.
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May 16th, 2007, 02:39 PM
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Robespierre
Are you the same Robespierre who gives such great info in the Frommers forums?
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May 16th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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<<< never in checked bags >>>

Due to the last (latest?) British emergency my GF had to check all her film which then went through 3 hold luggage X-Ray machines each way. When developed there was no fogging at all
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May 16th, 2007, 03:33 PM
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Depends on what speed the film is, how long it is irradiated, and at what energy.

The fact that your film, my film, or Joe Schmoe's film made it through unscathed don't mean squat. I'd believe kodak.com/global/en/service/tib/tib5201.shtml before some random gleep on the internet.
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