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RE: Eclair Cameras: Associated dangers with sending exposed negative by mail?

Hi Paul
When I was shooting commercials we used to do this all the time.
The original reason for companies like DHL/SPX was that they were
courier services - i.e. there was a real person travelling with your stuff. I think you can still find a service like that for film-specific purposes: you mark up the film cans like crazy and put them in x-ray bags just in case, then have the company notify the courier that s/he will be carrying exposed film. Of course in those days it was pretty expensive, this service. Perhaps you can ask around and see who would be prepared to do this - who also understands the special requirements for film.

Paul Williams wrote:

Hi guys,

this question is a little off list.
I have an ongoing doco shoot with limited budget
originating on (super) 16mm negative (various
emulsions).   There is only one lab here in Melbourne,
Australia and because of lack of competition the cost
of processing is very high.  I notice that in LA, for
example, the cost of processing 16mm neg is half what
it is here.  I'm going to shoot 70-80 400 foot rolls,
so it's a considerable saving.

Does anyone have any bad experience with sending
exposed negative by mail?  I've done this with a lot
of Kodachrome Super 8 and never had a problem.
Paul Williams

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