ORWO?

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For some strange reason I've taken a notion to shooting some ORWO film. I shot a roll or two of NP20 in 1970 while working in Bulgaria, and I've shown a couple of shots on here from time to time (Ithink the sausage seller and the London to Mexico rally car were on ORWO). Anyway, I heard that Lomography Potsdam 100 was actually an ORWO black and white film (UN54), so I bought a couple of rolls, plus some Silberra 54UN, to make up an order to Analogue Wonderland. Yesterday I loaded my first roll of the Potsdam (sitting on a rock on a fabulous beach looking out to Bass Rock, though that's not strictly relevant!). I was very surprised at the colour of the leader... bright blue! Never seen a black and white film like it...

Has anyone else tried this film?
 
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I shot some ORWO colour print film back in the 90s because it was cheap. At one point I think ORWO needed special processing with their own chemistry (did they sell it process-paid in the UK?), but they might have switched to C41-compatible by then. Either way, I recall the colour balance being quite different to anything else, the sort of thing that just seemed odd at the time, but which the analogue hipsters would rave about today.
 
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I remember buying some ORWO in blackpool many, many years ago. Remember that it required specialist processing. East German wasn;t it?
 
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Yes, it was East German. I don't know where it's made now. This stuff is black and white, and ordinary chemistry I think (although I believe they suggest more diluted developers in some cases, eg Dilution E or H rather than B for HC 110).
 
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I've been shooting Orwo NP7 - a black & white film intended for cinema I think. The Latent Image in Shrewsbury have some Orwo colour in stock, so I've just bought some to try
 
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Yes, it was East German. I don't know where it's made now. This stuff is black and white, and ordinary chemistry I think (although I believe they suggest more diluted developers in some cases, eg Dilution E or H rather than B for HC 110).
So I've finished the roll. Annoyingly, just shy of frame 36, after I'd climbed up to St Anthony's Chapel in Holyrood Park to take it against a dark stormcloud over the Firth of Forth!

Won't be developing until next week. MDC suggests Dilution E, which is 1+47, ie just over 5 ml of concentrate to make 200 ml. I've always shied away from any HC 110 dilution that uses less than 6 ml per film, based on some web page somewhere... but I think @Asha devs his with 3 ml of concentrate. I suppose I could make 300 ml of solution and just overfill the Rondinax (normally it only goes half way up).

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So I've finished the roll. Annoyingly, just shy of frame 36, after I'd climbed up to St Anthony's Chapel in Holyrood Park to take it against a dark stormcloud over the Firth of Forth!

Won't be developing until next week. MDC suggests Dilution E, which is 1+47, ie just over 5 ml of concentrate to make 200 ml. I've always shied away from any HC 110 dilution that uses less than 6 ml per film, based on some web page somewhere... but I think @Asha devs his with 3 ml of concentrate. I suppose I could make 300 ml of solution and just overfill the Rondinax (normally it only goes half way up).

Whatcha reckon?
Yep habitually an eggspoon of hc110 (3ml approx ) to (approx) 93ml of water ....1:31 B solution.

Works might fine every time for four 5x4, two 5x7 or one 10x8 sheet of film in a Paterson orbital processor. ( constant agitation)
 
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I remember buying some ORWO in blackpool many, many years ago. Remember that it required specialist processing. East German wasn;t it?
Sorry, lied about the Blackpool bit, that was a Perutz film. The Orwo I had was a single roll of process paid slide film 30 years ago, through an ad in PP or AP. Cheaper than KR64 - £3.50ish versus £5.25 (that's what it cost in George Henry Lee in Liverpool).
 
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