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Old July 19th, 2003, 04:30 PM
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Any suggestions on the best speed film to take on a Cruise 200 - 400 higher?. Not exactly sure what we will be photgraphing, it's our first cruise.
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Old July 19th, 2003, 06:18 PM
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I like to use 800 speed........... on my last cruise we went to see the dolphins ( tried to swim with them but it was booked already) and i took pictures as they swam and jumped, and when i tell you the clarity was wonderful. You could actually see the water droplets from when they were in the air. Great speed for action shots. Im not a professional but this has been my experience. I have also used 400 speed i heard that is good for when the lighting isnt always cooperating with you.
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We always bring 200 speed, seems just fine.

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I always use 400 and usually have good luck. I tried 800 on one trip and if I wasn't taking fast shutter pictures, the general shots were grainy and cloudy. It was then that I decided that 400 is more universal and 800 is only for fast shutter or low light only and so now I just get 400.

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400 speed film is what you want to use because it is a happy medium for most basic shots and moving objects. The 200 speed is just too slow and is not good for anything that is moving. The 800 speed, while it is great for motion shots, WILL be damaged when going through the XRAY machines because it is very sensitive. Always have 800 speed film hand inspected.

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I always use 800 speed, it gives me {IMHO} the best clarity and quality of pictures. But, keep this in mind, always have your film hand checked at the airports.

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I take hundreds of 35mm shots/APS photo's with 200 for outdoor daytime and 400 for inside shots. I don't waste my money on 800 speed. The best investment is a Lead Film bag purchased at a camera store or department store. Pack all your film used and un-used and carry it in your tote bag never check it in your luggage. If a TSA screener want's to open it, its easy. Don't mess with ruined memories for another $20.
Also, bring more film than you think you will need plus a set of batteries. It is expensive at port and on board ship.
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I normally use 400 speed.

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Since hubby is the "official picture taker" i know that he uses 800 all the time with great results. He has insisted on having his film hand checked for years, long before the newer x-ray machines. Open the boxes of film, put the marked film canisters in a Ziploc type bag and have it hand checked while the rest of your carry-on luggage is being x-rayed or better yet, buy your film at your departure port and have the ships security hand check it - don't put it thru the x-ray machine.
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We use only 400. It is a happy medium. We also spend the extra money to have our snapshots developed on the ship. No X-ray machine can damage them.

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