> Hello, Alain and Frank...
> Seems only you two guys are interested in this ORWO film usage... Or
> maybe nobody has any information, and are just lurking, waiting for
> someone to drop some enlightening words...
> I have 30 years experience processing ORWO films, since 1972 (plus
> references and anecdotal information from people that had started before
> ORWO film is regular B/W film and is designed to be processed in regular
> (D-96 or D-72) B/W negative or positive processes. There is no big
> difference from Kodak processing times or specifications, at least
> nothing that cannot be readily and easily adjusted by any professional
> motion picture lab.
> The ORWO website www.filmotec.de/English_Site/english_site.html
> offers processing instructions and all the technical data necessary.
> If you're planning on buying just 10 400ft cans of 16mm negative, then
> your costs will be great, since this is not a product that's available
> "over the counter", but something that has to be bought directly in
> Europe and shipped over, subject to currency exchange, customs duties
> and transportation.
> If there is no US distributor, you may want to try DANCAN International
> Sales www.dancan.dk
> Or you may want to organize a grass roots movement of independent
> filmmakers that need or want to use B/W film, and try to make a high
> volume import (and have a low temperature storage facility) to try to
> lower costs.
> Feel free to contact me if you (or your lab friends) need any further
> help with ORWO films.
> Jose Llufrio
> Formerly with ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute)
> Presently at Technicolor New York
Thanks Jose for providing the above info, much appreciated.
I would like to try ORWO stocks, particularly N74 (400asa). Unfortunately,
the price, even if there was a U.S. distributor, is substantially more
than Kodak stocks. I guess if I really needed to film speed then I'd
justify the cost, but I've been able to work around it.
More than anything it would be nice to know that if Kodak stopped making
7302, and then eventually their camera stocks 7231 and 7222, that ORWO
would be an alternative.
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