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09-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Ricoh 35mm film shots

Travelling with the little Ricoh KR-5 35 mm slr and 2 lenses, having left the dslr at home this trip
https://www.box.com/s/d7q8zgqtuprkjuqmeicf

The Fuji film went through 5 Xrays on the way, exposed at iso 560 and was processed into glossy prints and 1MB jpgs by Fotofast in Pune India.

https://www.box.com/s/uz7yddnjfmo4pjpwp41z
https://www.box.com/s/xezkrr92f30enqfp4cwx
https://www.box.com/s/hnp900cmeh77eeqi2d78

09-28-2012, 05:36 PM   #2
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Nice shots, thanks for posting!
Maybe I should drag out my old Ricoh XRM?
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Yes post some shots Fastback, Film is twice the bang for the buck because a few days later you get to open the print folder to see how the shots came out.
I have 3 Ricoh bodies, I like the KR-5 best because it is smaller and completely manual and has simple 3 led metering indicator.
09-29-2012, 01:42 AM   #4
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That looks like a nice little travel set-up. I've eyed up Ricoh SLRs but so far haven't bought any. I haven't been brave enough to make any trips with just film, leaving the DSLR at home. I suspect when I do it, it will be quite liberating. My wife will complain though.

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The Xrays are a concern. I don't know how many more the iso 400 film can take on this trip. The hotel security were letting me carry the Ricoh and film though by hand but last night at the airport, I tried to hand hold just an unexposed roll and the young operators looked puzzled and wondered what it was and asked for it to go through the scan. Then they pulled me aside for a bag search and finally sent it all through for a second scan.
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I think all you can do is ask for it to be checked visually and if they don't agree then through the scan it goes. You might be able to avoid some that way, but trying to sneak something through sounds like a bad idea to me. The hotel has x-ray scanners?
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Yes I didn't try to sneak it thru, I gave a roll to the operator and asked to pass it around the xray (like we could in the old days) , but I don't think they knew what it was.
All the hotels I stayed in India have bag scanners and metal detector doors.
With 4 more airport transits tonight I will toss this film and get new rolls in next destination.
On the large format site there was a comment that the film contrast is degraded before fogging is actually visible.
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They sell X-Ray Filmguard bags in most camera shops.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fastback67 Quote
They sell X-Ray Filmguard bags in most camera shops.
I own a film X-ray bag but I'm not sure how much good it would do.

Do these provide adequate protection with todays airport scanners?
How do inspectors react when they view the film bag in your case?

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11-06-2012, 08:49 AM   #10
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Not many Ricoh users posting?
Back from my trip, the last 2 rolls went thru about 5 Xrays and were later processed and scanned by Billmeier Camera Michigan who sent them out.
Arriving in San Fran there was a sign saying that film could be passed around the X ray, but I was too tired and did not bother. In the end I don't think the Xrays damaged the film.

Rikenon P Zoom 1:3.4~4.5 35~70mm and Kodak Umax 400
https://www.box.com/s/wmj5hy851u0tdjmwnj0p


XR Rikenon 1:1.4 50 mm and Fuji 400X-tra at EI560 in low light with the lens at f/2.8 or so
https://www.box.com/s/vutz4h9guipadvzhksdd


Here is a comparison of nearly same scene between the XR Rikenon 1:1.4 50 mm on film and the istds with the 18~55mm at 38 mm
The light and haze were very different and the dslr shot was a year earlier.
XR Rikenon 1:1.4 50 mm and Fuji 400X-tra at EI560:
https://www.box.com/s/8qddt7fd3v77htsip65k
dslr kit lens:
https://www.box.com/s/gmmlw8fb1m3xinn2bnl5

I am more comfortable using the Pentax and Ricoh K lenses on 35 mm compared to aps-c.
Ricoh KR-5 body weighs 430 gram
Ist ds body weighs 520 gram and was about the second lightest Pentax dslr, but I see the D800E body including battery is about 1000 gram.
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I hope you had a good trip. I like the shots. I always have my eye open for a Ricoh SLR to try but so far nothing has come my way. I have a nice, cheap little 50mm f/2 that I like though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I own a film X-ray bag but I'm not sure how much good it would do.

Do these provide adequate protection with todays airport scanners?
How do inspectors react when they view the film bag in your case?

Chris
I have one of these bags I got from B&H:

Security Tundra Film Security X-Ray Standard Bag 25T24S B&H

I've given up on hand film scans as they are too much hassle, especially when the security staff is busy. I’ve used this bag for my last few trips and have had no issues with film or with security wondering what the “dark” object is. I hide it in my camera bag near lenses and other papers, so they either miss it or don’t care. I never travel through airport security with film loaded in a camera.

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Baggage X-ray Scanning Effects on Film

This link has a lot of info about airport scanning of film.
Not at all positive for those of us still traveling with old 35 mm slrs.

Some 35 mm film (eg Ilford and Kodak) comes in aluminum foil I measure 0.02 mm.
But this site
X-Ray Attenuation Length
has a calculator showing that is way too thin to attenuate 30 keV X rays.
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I made the mistake of passing a roll of Ilford 3200 through a scanner in my hand baggage. The shots were useable when taken in good light but the shots taken in low light showed a huge amount of grain.
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A few old shots from my Ricoh KR-5








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