Made by ORWO – (Original Wolfen) in the DDR – Soviet East Germany and expired in 1992. NP55 is a Fine Grain B&W Motion Picture stock but works perfectly in most 35mm still cameras. (it has no DX code) I have tested this film with different cameras and different developers including Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction. You can see the results in the photos shown here. You may not be able to make it out in the images but the non-emulsion side of this film is a dark purple color. This, of course does not appear after development.
It was originally rated around ISO 80 but since it is more than 20 years old I have been shooting it at about ISO 55 which is convenient since it’s called “NP55.” Depending on how you develop it you could easily shoot at ASAs from 40 to 64 with similar results and I’m sure it could be pushed with an interesting outcome.
I’m re-using old film cassettes and sticking on an artsy label I’ve made just so you know what’s inside. Using a bulk loader I made rolls of approximately 20 exposures each, sometimes a bit more or less and as with most bulk loaded film the very last picture of each roll will not be exposed as that is where it is taped. This is NOT a stock product from ORWO and I am not proporting to represent that fine company in any manner.
AS WITH ALL EXPIRED FILM, YOUR RESULTS MAY VARY, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE, BUT MANY PEOPLE ARE ENJOYING THE QUIRKY QUALITIES OF LONG EXPIRED FILM.
Se this NP55 and many more interesting films at Labeauratoire.