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3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 11:17
I think that I'm just being paranoid but I'm flying to a gig tomorrow evening and was wondering if anyone has every had the airport x-ray cause issues with your gear? - sorry if its a dumb question!
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 11:25
no problem. I travelled to NY with my 40D and I asked the TSE guy and said only film should not be x-rayed. the digital is no problem at all.
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 11:26
Been all over the world with my gear and never had a problem.
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 11:27
Mine went through the Eurostar x-ray machines last week, no probs at all.
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 11:29
As others have noted, there are no issues with camera gear and x-rays with the exception of high ISO film (probably not an issue for you).
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 11:30
I traveled a fair bit with 20D, 40D, numerous lenses, Speedlites and CF cards, all going through, sometimes several in a day, X-Ray machines and there was never a problem with any of them.
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 13:40
Thanks for the conformation!!
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 13:50
I have addressed this on my blog for traveling photogs, Flying With Fish (http://www.flyingwithfish.com), you can read up on the the myth (and yes it is only a myth) that an airport X-Ray scanner can affect your camera or image cards in this post: http://flyingwithfish.blogspot.com/2008/03/myth-x-rays-will-damage-your-image.html
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 18:59
I had my 70-200 2.8 IS in my carry on, and they thought it was some sort of pipe bomb :lol: So the TSA lady did handle the lens a bit.
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 19:04
Actually the X-Rays Machines at most airports have trouble seeking through the 'big glass.' The elements reflect off and they have no idea what they are looking at.
This is why why I don't get stopped at airports I worry :0)
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 19:47
Yeah we had a nice little chit chat about that and how much the lens cost :)
I do appreciate the concern for safety though!
3rd of September 2008 (Wed), 20:09
I fly with my gear pretty regularly, you won't have problems with the X-Ray. My roller bag is searched EVERY time though.
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