You’ve probably never heard of Truprint FG+ film. This once freebie given away in the UK by the postal photolab company Truprint is an absolute corker and in my opinion produces a vividness bordering on what you tend to get with Cross processing slide film.
The few who do remember this might recall that Truprint used to give a way a freebie roll of film everytime you used their service. Whilst Truprint still survives and will do postal C41 lab processing they stopped giving out film some years ago. The film pops up on Ebay pretty regularly however.
The film came wrapped in a green logo’d plastic foil wrapper. Neither the wrapper or the film cannister offered any clues beyond the fact it was made in the EU and was 200asa. It is assumed to have been made by Ferrania, the once mighty Italian film manufacturer and before it closed part of the 3M empire. Ferrania closed in….. (but recently it has been resurrected by some former employees). The rolls carry no expiry data just a comment to use quickly.
This means you’ll be shooting expired film, as Truprint probably stopped handing it out last decade and could be even longer expired (DX coding was introduced in 1983 and I’m guessing was only commonplace later in the decade so film with DX coding probably wouldn’t expire much before 1990. DXn was an addition for printing only and started use around 1999 so again this may guide your film’s age) .
My advice is buy a number of rolls from the same seller as they’ll likely date from around the same time. For each 10 years after a film hits expiry most folk suggest dropping the speed by one stop so 200 ASA film that expired in 2004 usually shoots at 100asa. This ten year rule is affected by other factors such as how the film was stored and speed (faster the film the quicker the deterioration in film speed). However here it is a good guide as any film is likely to have been stored in a fairly cool drawer in the UK.
I’d shoot your first roll at 100asa and use it to guide exposure on the subsequent rolls. On that basis don’t use the first roll for anything critical like your sister’s wedding and use a camera with accurate metering (not a FED 50).
The film sometimes is a bit more naturalistic like this and can be a bit of fun trying to guess
Widely available on Ebay and you can usually pick up for £2-3 GBP per roll. Had thought was only 24 exp but recently came across 36 exp rolls. All has the same markings.