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Where to buy lead pouches for film on-line??

Where to buy lead pouches for film on-line??

Old Feb 20th, 2001, 09:54 PM
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Lyn
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Where to buy lead pouches for film on-line??

After reading all about people having their film destroyed in x-ray machines.... I definitely want a lead pouch to keep our film rolls in. Does anyone know of a website where these can be purchased ??
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 04:30 AM
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Alice
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I think Magellans' sells them in a couple of sizes... www.magellans.com
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 05:43 AM
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jhm
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Try doing a search for B&H photo suppliers -- they are the best in the business for everything photo-related.
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 07:10 AM
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I used a lead pouch once. When my bag was in the x-ray machine I said to the guy that my film was in one. He replied 'That's ok, I just turn the power up'. Last time I bothered with the extra weight.
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 01:17 PM
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If they can't x-ray through it they'll just want to open it anyway, so ... I'd recommend keeping all the film, exposed and unexposed, in clear canisters (Fuji) and in a zip-lock bag, then passing it through for a hand search. They'll want to open the canisters, and may make you take a picture with the camera to show that that's what it is, but it's the safest bet.
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 01:34 PM
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Well, passing through CDG I had my film in my hand, in a zip-lock bag, in unopened cartons (outbound) and in no canisters (homeward bound), and both times the agents refused to hand inspect my film, throwing it in a bin to ride through the xray machine, and once telling me if I didn't like it I could stand there and miss my flight. Any suggestions what I might have done differently? (Film wasn't apparently harmed, but I felt as if I'd wasted a lot of effort trying to prevent the xraying of it.)
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 02:22 PM
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I had the same experience as Pam. I always presented my film separately and was always told to just send it through the x-ray machine. There was an earlier thread about this a few months back - maybe in the grab bag forum - a few searches might bring up that useful thread. The damage to your film depends on film type (200, 400, etc.) with higher speeds being more susecptible to x-ray damage. The x-rays used on checked baggage is much stronger than on carry-on, so don't check film. Number of times being x-rayed also matters. That said, my unprotected carry-on film that was passed through x-ray about 4 times came out fine. (However, 1x through x-ray on a trip to the Bahamas it was ruined - different equpitment).
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 02:57 PM
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I look at it this way, I have to keep my film in something so why not a lead pouch. Before I knew better I sent my unexposed film in a lead pouch with my checked luggage from Boston to London. On my return I was pulled from line (it happens to me alot at LHR and had my luggage x-rayed thru I believe the "big bad x-ray machine" posters talk about located in a "special room" where my luggage was then hand searched. Then it was sent thru as checked luggage, and my 400 speed film was fine. I just feel more secure with my film in a lead pouch whether it's necessary or not, it makes me happy. Regards, Walter <BR>
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 03:46 PM
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Since my photos are my primary 'souvenir', I adopt both practices above. First, I approach the security person w/film in plastic bag and ask them to hand-check. If they refuse (and they have), I then put the rolls into the lead bag and pass them thru the conveyor. If they hand-check, it lessens the chances of ruin, espec. if having to go multiple checkins; if they won't I've got the lead bag. It is one time I recognize I might not be popular while in line, but gotta do what I gotta do. I never ever put film in checked baggage, as those xrays are much stronger.
 
Old Feb 21st, 2001, 03:48 PM
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To: Pam and Scigirl <BR>The answer is to buy the lead bags! First, that will save you an encounter with a rude security person. If you put your film in a lead bag in your carry-on luggage, one of two things will happen: <BR>1. It'll go thru with no problem (which is what has happened to me every time), or.. <BR>2. They'll ask you to open up the lead bag and show them what's inside it! <BR>Either way, your film is safe!
 

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