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Curious film stock this ExtraFilm.

The company, ExtraFilm, was a Swedish photo company based in western Sweden in the region of Tanumshede. During its period of operations it was a leading company the the Nordic region within the business of film developing and post-order film processing.

Started in 1972 by Hans Vilke then taken over by Lennart Sjögren in 1977and later purchased by the Belgian photography company, DBM Color N.V., in 1990 after an extensive collaboration in France under the brand ExtraFilm during the 1980’s.

Many claim that the ExtraFilm product was manufactured by Ferrania in Italy, who was considered to be the biggest source for private label film stock. Ferrania was the supplier of Solaris film in the USA and apparently ExtraFilm in Europe. Ferrania exited the film business around 2009. More about the company can be found on Wikipedia.

Through much of the 1990’s, I used a great deal of this film myself. The film was low cost and the family was satisfied with the quality of the pictures printed from the film.

I figure that I shot quite a number of rolls of their film (about 100 rolls over 10 years) and had many other rolls of film developed by their services.

And, they were well distributed; there is some rolls of this film in just about every desk drawer in Sweden. Every once in a while it shows up in the online auction sites, like Tradera, where just last week I picked up three rolls.


Of course, given todays date of 2017, it’s expired. But, really not that old. These three rolls expire in 2007 (a 24 exposure roll) and 2009 (two rolls of 36 exposure). And you can clearly see the batch numbers NB5301 (expiration 10/2007), NE7144 (expiration 01/2009) and NE7676 (expiration 03/2009).

Here is a roll with an expiration of 01/2006 with a batch code of NB 1105.

And I can on occasion I can find some APS film. These are two rolls expired 2009.06


I dug up some of my old developed film from the 1990’s to check on what were the identifying markings on the film stock.

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The image above is the back of some developed film stock with the ExtraFilm logo on a handling strip / carrier that was mounted on the stips that were cut into lengths of four frames. The image below is the front. What is interesting is the repeating green squares.

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However, I don’t believe that this film stock is ExtraFilm, because it is too similar to the FotoLabo Club film stock with its green squares, albiet a different pattern.

FotoLabo Club film stock

This film stock I scanned below is certainly ExtraFilm, where you can see the alternating red plus and dots. I also bought this roll of film on an aution site in Sweden.

ExtraFilm Film stock

From another position on the strip you can see the speed (i.e. 200), expiration date (87-6) and a batch code ND8311.

ExtraFilm film stock 2

From a different roll that came inside a Chinon point and shoot, which appears to be damaged from age, I can again see the speed (i.e. 200), expiration date (87-2) and a batch code SE3920 with the characteristic pattern of red + • in a pattern of four pairs.

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So if you are digging in your old developed film stock and wondering who made the film, here are some clues.

Better yet, if you find a roll in your desk drawer, put it in a camera, pull the f-stop a step and shoot some shots. There are still places that develop film.


One thought on “Film Stock –

  1. interesting observations! Ferrania is a color neg favorite for sure but I’ve used a few rolls of fotolabo too. last time I went DXcode hunting fotolabo seemed to be some sort of kodak film, like an updated version of kodak vericolor ii if I remember right…

    anyway, the barcode is for lab scanners to easily identify the film stock to couple it ti the right color profile conversion from neg to positive. like the pakon scanner.


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