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Will my camera sensor or components get messed up if they go though the luggage x-ray machine at the airport?..

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Mike22490 wrote:.

Will my camera sensor or components get messed up if they go thoughthe luggage x-ray machine at the airport?.

I have been told by several experts the following:.

1. The checked luggage x-ray may harm your camera/cards.2. Carry on x-ray is ok..

3. Never let the wand get near your camera or cards. The wand is the thing they run over your body..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #1

No damage from the checked luggage x-ray. Not sure about the wand as I don't know exactly how it works, but I have not heard of any problems..

The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.'- Rayna Butler..

Comment #2

GodSpeaks wrote:.

No damage from the checked luggage x-ray. Not sure about the wand asI don't know exactly how it works, but I have not heard of anyproblems..

The problem with the checked luggage x-ray is that the bags are bigger, and therefore the x-ray machine is more powerful. In addition, they can increase the power as necessary. Therefore one must consider: The settings on the machine and the number of times you will have it x-ray'd..

I am no expert, but the problems that would result from an x-ray probably would not be traceable to the x-ray machine. For example, the problem might result in a card malfunctioning, or a hot pixel in the camera. Since these things happen without x-ray how would one go about determining if the x-ray machine was responsible?.

I know in film days many people claimed x-rays did not harm film. I know for a fact they did. Take a round trip, 2 x-rays, and maybe no problem. Take a trip with 8 x-rays (many different airports) and chances were your film would be ruined..

Play it safe? Take the risk? Your choice..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #3

Bill Randall wrote:.

GodSpeaks wrote:.

No damage from the checked luggage x-ray. Not sure about the wand asI don't know exactly how it works, but I have not heard of anyproblems..

The problem with the checked luggage x-ray is that the bags arebigger, and therefore the x-ray machine is more powerful. Inaddition, they can increase the power as necessary. Therefore onemust consider: The settings on the machine and the number of timesyou will have it x-ray'd..

I am no expert, but the problems that would result from an x-rayprobably would not be traceable to the x-ray machine. For example,the problem might result in a card malfunctioning, or a hot pixel inthe camera. Since these things happen without x-ray how would one goabout determining if the x-ray machine was responsible?.

I know in film days many people claimed x-rays did not harm film. Iknow for a fact they did. Take a round trip, 2 x-rays, and maybe noproblem. Take a trip with 8 x-rays (many different airports) andchances were your film would be ruined..

Play it safe? Take the risk? Your choice..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove mewrong, I reserve the right to change my mind..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #4



FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #5

Lol I dont know if I should take the risk!!!..

Comment #6

Much more so than the X-ray machine. And think about, if the security "wand" doesn't hurt your private parts, you camera is safe...

Comment #7

Fred Klaiss wrote:.

Much more so than the X-ray machine. And think about, if the security"wand" doesn't hurt your private parts, you camera is safe..

The "wand" is a "metal detector". That is usually an inductive coil in an oscillator circuit. When operated outside the presence of conductive (metalic) objects, the frequency is high. Bringing a piece of metal close to the coil increases the inductance of the coil and lowers the frequency. The power level is VERY low. The frequency is very low.



If they do, have someone get a cellphone video of it and send to CNN so the lawyers can see the evidence....

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #8

Bill Randall wrote:.

The problem with the checked luggage x-ray is that the bags arebigger, and therefore the x-ray machine is more powerful. Inaddition, they can increase the power as necessary. Therefore onemust consider: The settings on the machine and the number of timesyou will have it x-ray'd..

I am no expert.

You are right, you are no expert..

Now, aside from the issue of putting expensive camera gear into checked luggage, the x-ray machines will do no harm. Studies have been conducted on electronic gear to see if they would be damaged, and none was found. Even memeory cards were subjected to extra heavy doses of x-rays without incident..

I routinely pack hard drives into my checked lugage and have had no issues. I have even put computers and cameras in there when I simply could not take it as carry on. Again, no issues..

Personally I do not recommend checking expensive equipment, but not because of the x-ray machine..

As for the carryon luggage scanners, even less of an issue..

The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.'- Rayna Butler..

Comment #9

The risk in cameras, cards and other equipment in checked luggage has nothing to do with the xray machines although those are more powerful than the ones that scan carry-on. The danger to cameras or any expensive equipment in checked luggage is that only three things can happen to the equipment, lost, stolen or broken, all bad. DON'T put cameras and like equipment in checked luggage..

The carry-on xray machines won't harm cameras, computers, cards, hard drives (unless it falls off the conveyer.) The other two types of carry-on scanners detect nitrates and metal. The metal hand scanner won't be used on cameras because they're assummed to have metal. The explosives scanner is simply looking for specific molecules in the air around or on the surface of the object, again no harm...

Comment #10

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Olympus E-3 + ZD 7-14mm f/4.

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Olympus E-3.

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #11

Timskis6, thanks for the new perspective on the "innerds" of our cameras...

Comment #12

Not an issue with carry-on, my camera and my old SLR have been through the x-ray many times..

But do not send cameras etc as checked-in, if may very well end up broken from rough handling...

Comment #13

Those are neat images, but the noise level seems a bit excessive! .

Does the E-3 have a plastic body? I guess I should read the review....

Timskis6 wrote:.

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Olympus E-3 + ZD 7-14mm f/4.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

Olympus E-3.

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #14

Plastic body, mag-alloy chassis, weather seals. The review is fair, though it does tend to highlight minor issues while sequestering more major ones. But that's the nature of comparative digital photography - grind on nitpicking..

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

Comment #15

Timskis6 wrote:.

Plastic body, mag-alloy chassis, weather seals. The review is fair,though it does tend to highlight minor issues while sequestering moremajor ones. But that's the nature of comparative digital photography- grind on nitpicking..

I was surprized to see almost no metal in there! WHAT "mag-alloy chassis"?.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #16

Chuxter wrote:.

Timskis6 wrote:.

Plastic body, mag-alloy chassis, weather seals. The review is fair,though it does tend to highlight minor issues while sequestering moremajor ones. But that's the nature of comparative digital photography- grind on nitpicking..

I was surprized to see almost no metal in there! WHAT "mag-alloychassis"?.

Magnesium doesn't absorb x-rays - it's not like aluminum or steel alloys. For example, carbon fiber is a very rigid material with high tensile strength, though you can break it fairly easily with enough pressure (force/area). Carbon fiber doesn't absorb x-rays either. Magnesium doesn't either..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/.

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma Gandhihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

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