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1. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I am in Spain for 9 more weeks on a 12 week stay. I have already taken 4 rolls of film and developed 2 of them but as developing film here is about 3 times as expensive at home I want to wait with my other film. Does anyone know if this will diminish the quality of the photos at all or possibly ruin them?
I know that I will need to be careful going through airport security.
Also I am staying in the same place and could keep my film in a refrigerator. Is that better than in a normal cool and dry spot in my room?
Thanks for whatever advice!
In hindsight I wish I had just gone out and bought a really nice digital camera... but next time!


2. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Is only developing so expensive, or developing and printing? In the second case, you could just develop the film is spain and print it at home. Or did you consider that option already?
When I was travelling in South-America, I didn't develop any films until returning (after 3 months). I didn't notice any decrease in quality. I even passed several times through airport security without taking any precautions...

3. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If you didn´t have any problems I think I´ll just go ahead and wait.


4. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

When you left the US for Spain, you brought a bunch of film, and worry about if the xray would effect them. How much did they worth to you then, about a hundred dollars. If they were ruin, you can replace the in Spain. The same question applied. This time, if something happened, how much would these exposed film worth to you?

If I were you go ahead and develope the film. Only film development, and no prints. Eventhough it might be a bit more expensive, but it gives you a peace of mind - knowing that all that experience in Spain would not lost forever, if something happens.

5. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

You guys have talked about developing the film but not printing the pictures.
Does that mean you would just have the negatives?? and not the actual picture?

6. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Yes, that's it! You just have the negatives while travelling, and you can make prints when you are back at home. This saves a lot of space in your luggage :)

7. Posted by moonraker (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Leah,
Keep your exposed film in the fridge untill you are ready to come home, don't worry about the airport x-ray unless the film speed is 800 or above if it is higher which I doubt don't let the rolls go through, I would suspect that you are not using anything higher than 400. I personally do not use anything over 200 even for night shots. It takes a long time to experience latent image regression so your only worry is heat.
I take both a digital and an SLR camera when travelling and I still prefer the SLR.
Take care and good luck.

8. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I want to add that xray could be verry bad for your film.

Don't put the film in your checking luggage. Keep it in handluggage that's more save. and to be 90% sure let them hand search your film.



9. Posted by als7 (Budding Member 10 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I would wait until you get home to have them developed- film rolls are easier to look after than negs and prints.
Also you can request to have your film hand inspected at customs and security so you don't have to risk putting it through an x-ray machine.
Putting your film in the refirgerator is a good idea for long term storage, but if you are storing for a short period, a cool and dry spot is just as good. (and you don't have to worry about condensation in your camera if you take it straight out of the freezer.)

Best wishes.

10. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys

Thanks for the replies.

I ended up bringing all my film home and developing it in the States and I didn't have any problems.
While I was still in Spain I did store my used film in the fridge but even the film that I hauled around in my backpack when it was over 100 degrees out turned out fine.
For organizational reasons I numbered all my rolls of film as I shot them and then in my journal I wrote a brief description of what was on each roll. That helped me a lot when it came time to develop them and put them in albums.