Sorry Andre that I did'nt answer your question sooner. Agfa-Gevaert in Morsel Belgium still produces technical films (5 Aerial films from 20 to 400 Asa and Copex one of the sharpest and highest resolving films that requires special development like tech pan) that can be used for normal photography but they do have a higher red sensitivity (Superpanachromatic), despite other claims they also produce B/W paper Rapitone (unfortunately PE only). Agfa also produces motion picture sound and print film and is in fact Nr. 2 in the European market after Kodak and on the rise in North America some people prefer it to vision premiere. The problem with the Rollei/Agfa films is that they tend to be quiet contrasty and Rollei cheats with the film speed the 400S is not as one would believe the 400 ASA version of Aviphot but the 200ASA version. So exposing @400ASA is in fact a one stop push. If you use Pyro developer don't use Aviphot they don't work well together imho.
Foma Creative 200 is one of the most beautiful film currently available unfortunately the Q.C. isn't always up to snuff.
Rollei RPX 100 is Ilford Kentmere 100.
Rollei RPX 400 is Ilford Kentmere 400.
This was the first I heard of this. I thought Rollei RPX 100 was supposed to be left over APX from the master rolls that was just re-branded, while Kentmere 100 I thought was a T-grained film. I was going to give Kentmere 100 a try since Freestyle sells 'em so cheap (and Fuji Acros is going up in price in the very near future I was told) but I seem to recall it received mostly poor reviews from users when it came out. I also find this hard to believe since Agfa APX 100 was a very popular film.
>Rollei RPX 100 was supposed to be left over APX from the master rolls
This is (was) Rollei Retro 100.
> Kentmere 100 I thought was a T-grained film
Kentemere film are of normal grain. They are similar to the old ORWO films.
Ah OK so then what exactly are ORWO films?
ORWO/Wolfen (former Agfa) produeced all GDR film. I thought some of you might still remember them.
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ORWO was the state owned film manufacturer in former East Germany (GDR).
Originally Posted by marcmarc
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORWO
The current films carrying the name ORWO are for cine-cameras and some technical purposes, but are now made by a company called Filmotec. The tradename Orwo cannot be used for stills-camera films for some reason. The current range is at this page, but probably only the camera neg films are of interest, UN54 and N74+.
Over at RFF, some people have bulk-loaded the Orwo cine films for use similar to the Kodak 5222 film, but the results are not quite so attractive. There is no convenient single thread to link to, but you can search the forum there.
EDIT: It seems that Filmotec don't coat the emulsion in-house, only the slitting and packaging and so on. Apparently they specify their products to an external supplier, Innoviscoat? Agfa-Gevaert? Who knows . . .
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That is one I wonder about also. My limited testing with the N74 seems to have it with a 6 minute time in HC-110 B. Grain is slightly more than some other films. It has possibilities as a general 400 speed film.
Originally Posted by MartinP
Filmotec Only markets it as a movie film, but the north American distributor seems to be encouraging its use as a still film. Like all movie films, the edge printing is footage numbers rather than frame numbers, but with the KeyKode style number system, their is something to reference beside almost every shot to match Proof sheet with negative strip.
Anyone knowing the ultimate source of the film?
I still live just beyond the fringe in Stittsville
I never heard of OROW but they were a bit before my time. After looking at their website, it appears that they mostly make movie film correct? I thought Kodak had cornered the market on that front. Anyway, maybe I'll give Kentmere 100 a try.