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Film Stock – ExtraFilm

Curious film stock this ExtraFilm.

Many claim that it was manufactured by Ferrania in Italy, considered to be the biggest source for private label film stock. Ferrania was the supplier of Solaris film in the USA and ExtraFilm in Europe. They 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.

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).

I used this film quite a bit during the 1990’s in Sweden. I dug up some of my old developed film to check on what were the identifying markings.

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The image above is the back of some exposed film stock with the ExtraFilm on a handling strip / carrier that was mounted on the stips that wer 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.

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From adifferent 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 film stock and wondering who made the film, here are some clues.

What I’m interested in now is if the barcode on the edges can be read?