France trip musings
I just returned from France and wanted to thank all of the people who gave me input/advice on the quantity of film I should bring. I brought more than I originally planned, and shot nearly all of my 120 film ( I think around 45 rolls ). I have less than ten rolls unshot. I only shot about 10 rolls of 135, though ( and ended up with a lot left over ) - I just wasn't into the rangefinder as much as the Rolleiflex.
I did bring three rolls of 3200 ISO film, which I had no trouble in the US ( O'Hare ) getting hand-checked; a hassle in France ( Degaulle - but they did hand check it after I asked if it was airport policy to deny any hand-check request ); and failed in Ireland ( Dublin, the unfortunate connecting flight, where I was told that it could not be hand-checked, despite asking the same questions I asked in Paris ). I was "assured" that that the Irish scanners were calibrated for film with that high of a speed - I plan on looking into the airport's policy on this, however. Hopefully, the film is OK ( but I'm not all that hopeful ).
As far as the Rolleiflex attracting attention - it seemed to. I got several comments/questions from strangers ( in Paris yet ) about it, and actually talked to a fellow ( who I thought by his accent was German ) who was carrying his own ( but I didn't have mine with me at the time! ). I only spotted one other film camera - a Leica M model ( looked like an M6, but I'm not anywhere near an expert in them ). Saw lots of P&S digitals, as well as DSLR's ( naturally ). Saw lots of cool stuff on the trip, a couple of towns/areas that I'd like to go back to, and had a great time shooting ( although my wife got tired of waiting while I reloaded the Rolleiflex: "You already shot a whole roll?" ).
Hopefully I'll get some rolls developed by the end of the weekend and post a few for those who care.