Shooting with Expired Film from 1963!!!


Frame #7 Rue des Compagnons ~ Mons, Belgium
Eastman Kodak FGSR 5375 Fine Grain B&W Movie Film expired in 1963.
Another new (old) film available now at Labeauratoire in 20 exposure rolls AND 100ft (30 meter) bulk rolls.

Eastman Kodak FGSR 5375 Fine Grain Movie Film expired in 1963 but still giving nice results! This vintage, expired film is now available in 20 exposure rolls and 100ft bulk rolls at Labeauratoire.

Here is a very odd and very old film. FGSR 5375 is actually Fine Grain Sound Recording Film. It was originally developed for use in professional movie cameras that also recorded a sound track with the motion picture. This will work just like normal slow-speed B&W film in your regular 35mm still camera. The “sound track” is just a teeny little strip about 2mm wide on the outside of the sprockets and does not interfere with your image.

Frame #27 Baroc ~ Mons, Belgium – FILM: FGSR 5375 – DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction.

I was lucky enough to get a decent quantity of this film from a military surplus sale and it is obvious that it has been stored very well because it is still giving surprisingly usable images for such an old film. It’s probably been sitting in a bunker somewhere for the past 50 years! This unique film has been used in some interesting projects over the years. Here are a couple of links for reference:

1982  Sacramento Peak Observatory Solar Photography

1973  M.I.T. Strobe Lab Elastic Ballistics

You can also see more pictures shot with this unique film in the:


This is certainly not the best quality film you can buy, but it is not
expensive, (especially when bought in bulk!) It’s fun and gives nice
vintage-looking results. It has a gray base and has gained some grain
over the years. It should be shot around ISO/ASA 16.

My examples were shot using a Canon EOS Elan 7ne. All developed in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction for about 16 minutes at 20°c (or 68°f.)

Frame #22 l’Excelsior ~ Mons, Belgium. – FILM: FGSR 5375 – DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction.

Here’s your chance to try out this exciting film. I’m making some rolls available for your experimenting pleasure. This batch expired in February 1963, but it still works well  as you can see from my test examples.

Frame #6 Lily stares on the stairs. – FILM: FGSR 5375 – DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction

I’ve also added several other new (old) films in the Labeauratoire shop, as well as our new Caffenol Concoction Developer.

Reviews coming soon!

Happy Shooting Folks!

~ Lance



About lance aram rothstein

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