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    Default Airport x-ray scanners

    Hi all,
    Is it safe for our dslr & lenses to pass tru the x-ray machine at airport? Will the x-ray damage anything? Cos the other time the staff there told me to put my camera in a bag before passing it tru the machine.

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    Default Re: Airport x-ray scanners

    Quote Originally Posted by takepo View Post
    Hi all,
    Is it safe for our dslr & lenses to pass tru the x-ray machine at airport? Will the x-ray damage anything? Cos the other time the staff there told me to put my camera in a bag before passing it tru the machine.

    It's perfectly safe.
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    Default Re: Airport x-ray scanners

    hi takepo, do not worry. it is entirely safe for dslr and lenses.

    the reason why they ask you to put it in a bag if it is out is most likely because they are worried that your camera will fall off unprotected.

    modern scanners are even film safe as well. though i read somewhere that extreme high iso films (3200/6400) might get affected.

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    Default Re: Airport x-ray scanners

    Ok noted. Thanks all for the quick response

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    Default Re: Airport x-ray scanners

    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    modern scanners are even film safe as well. though i read somewhere that extreme high iso films (3200/6400) might get affected.
    It depends on the airport, scanner technology employed and wether the scanner is for hand luggage or checked in luggage.

    Checked in luggage for the hold is subject to very high powered X-ray scanning that can in many cases destroy even the slowest films.

    Hand luggage X-ray units vary and while some are rated as safe to 1600 ISO many others are only safe to 400 ISO, while in some parts of the 3rd world even 100 ISO can be in damaged. There is no way of telling ahead of time what machines you will encounter. Scanners at airports can differ from checkin area to area and from terminal to terminal and there is no guarantee that what you saw a few weeks ago will still be there when you return.

    If in doubt have your film couriered by a cargo company that can guarantee the film will not be X-rayed.

    For professional photographers with large amounts of film there are methods that can be tried but they require time and a negotiation with airport security.
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