Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/03/29

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Subject: [Leica] Re:35mm film in plastic cassettes
From: hoppyman at (G Hopkinson)
Date: Thu Mar 29 21:35:54 2007
References: <000901c771d6$32356a90$6501a8c0@asus930> <002501c77272$0b6adf20$44300b44@GATEWAY>

Yep, I believe you. It just doesn't pay to come to the attention of 
officials sometimes. Lucky they didn't take you aside for a more
personal examination procedure. Some nice folks and some not so nice in 
every profession.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Jeffery Smith
Sent: Friday, 30 March 2007 12:21
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] Re:35mm film in plastic cassettes

My concern is that they don't always just run it past the nebulizer once.
When I asked the patriots to hand-inspect my Leica CL in Seattle, they
refused with extreme prejudice and ran it and my film through the x-ray
machine several times. Fog. It was there. When I kept my mouth shut and just
let them x-tay my Rolleiflex GX, they couldn't figure out what it was.
Rather than just zipping it through and hand-inspecting, they left it on the
cooker for about 45 seconds and then called someone over to look at it. It
was frying the entire time. They finally did pull my bag apart after the GX
had been x-rayed for a good 2 minutes. Fogged.

Jeffery Smith
New Orleans, LA

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of G
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:45 AM
To: 'Leica Users Group'
Subject: RE: [Leica] Re:35mm film in plastic cassettes

It seems that we have a general consensus based on people's experiences that
normal ISO films are not adversely affected. GOOD. I still cringe, however
illogically. Here in Aus there is no guaranteed right for hand inspection as
far as I know. 
I do know of one reported case where a pro photographer, I think, had a
confrontation in Israel with the security staff. He reported that his gear
was then repeatedly run through a scanning device and his film was all
completely ruined. I think Ted has said it best regarding being polite and
As an aside, typically I find that my M bag results in a stop and rescan on
the way through the machine. I've looked over the operator's shoulder to see
the purty outlines. I think that the large amount of good old fashioned
metal makes the Leica stuff stand out from the crowd. Anyhoo I've never seen
any adverse effects to film here in Australian airports. That's a very good


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Daniel Ridings
Sent: Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:21
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Re:35mm film in plastic cassettes

Ted Grant wrote:

> Most of the people going on about carry on and film scan fog are
> spouting nothing but urban myth! Sure it might happen in some 4th world 
> developing country because the equipment isn't set properly..... if 
> that's possible? 

Never had a problem in Africa: Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South 

Only problem was convincing the guard that the M2 really did not have a 



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