Shooting w/ ORWO NP55 B&W Film from 1992

ORWO NP55

28 Mannequin heads

Shot with Olympus Trip 35 and developed at my local lab using standard B&W development

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.

ORWO NP55



    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.

CAMERA: Minolta 24 Rapid / FILM: ORWO NP55 / DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction

Shot with Olympus Trip 35 and developed at my local lab using standard B&W development.



    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.

CAMERA: Minolta 24 Rapid / FILM: ORWO NP55 / DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction

Portrait of Charles Szymkowicz – Gelatin Silver Print – frame #22 – Painter Charles Szymkowicz at his former school, Académie des Beaux-arts de Mons before it was to be partially demolished to make offices for “Mons 2015.” FILM: ORWO NP55 (expired 1992) CAMERA: Olympus Trip 35 (c.1979) DATE SHOT: 5/10/11 Film Developed at Doudou Photo, Mons, Belgium (sent to Spector Professional Lab for normal B&W processing)   —   This was printed 5/15/11 in my home darkroom on Vintage Leonar-Werke fiber paper from around the 1940s ? “118 Leigrano Normal White Percal” Developed in Agfa Rodinal Special 1:15 Print Scanned on HP ScanJet G4050

Se this NP55 and many more interesting films at Labeauratoire.

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