The Film Guard Bags from Domke are designed to protect undeveloped film from the streaking and fogging caused by exposure to x-rays during airport security and customs checks. If you are a traveling professional film photographer, you no longer have to worry about ruining your supply of film.
FilmGuard features a rugged, three-layer construction, starting with an outer shell of water-resistant ballistic nylon. In the middle, a lead-impregnated vinyl sheet provides x-ray protection. The interior is lined with smooth, 420 Denier nylon packcloth. When not in use, FilmGuard bags can also be stored flat or used as a protective wrap around equipment.
Available in Three sizes: Large, Medium, and Small, FilmGuard protects unprocessed sheet film and cassette film against the low-dosage x-ray machines that are used to check carry-on luggage at airports around the world. With their full-length hook and loop closures, FilmGuard bags also protect your film and memory cards from dust and weather.
FilmGuard is not intended for use in checked luggage, which is exposed to much higher doses of x-rays. So it's always a good idea to first store film in FilmGuard bags and then pack them in your carry-on luggage, rather than checked luggage.
FilmGuard bags were tested for effectiveness by InVision Technologies, Inc., manufacturers of the only Federal Aviation Administration-approved checked-luggage scanning system. Films up to 800 ISO/ASA were tested, the extensive tests showed that the FilmGuard's design does protect film and memory cards from the low-dosage x-ray units used to check carry-on luggage. (The tests also showed that the amount of lead needed to protect film from high-dosage x-ray units would make the bags too heavy to be practical.)
Note : The effectiveness of any particular lead bag depends on the intensity and electric potential of the X-ray generator, the lead's thickness, and the film speed. The inspection process may be triggered by a lead bag on the scanner screen. In a typical airport surveillance situation, the baggage may be pulled aside for additional inspection.
FilmGuard bags are designed only for CARRY-ON Luggage and not intended for use in CHECKED luggage, which is exposed to much higher doses of x-rays.
Large Size: 10.5 inches x 12 inches (26.6 x 30.48 cm)
Holds approximately: thirty-five (35) rolls of 35mm film, or three (3) 50-sheet boxes of 4x5 film, or a small camera with a few rolls of film.