ORWO unveils WOLFEN NC500, its first new color film in decades

Film company ORWO has announced a brand new film called WOLFEN NC500 which it says is the first new color film it has created in decades.

ORWO is a German company that only recently announced the Wolfen NP100, a brand new ISO 100 black and white 35mm film, which was its first new film of its kind launched in 50 years.

The WOLFEN NC500 is a limited edition 500 ASA, 36 exposure color photographic film, and is produced at the company’s Bitterfeld-Wolfen site where photographic film has been manufactured since 1910.

“At the heart of our new color film is a unique chemical formula based on Agfa’s wonderful and legendary stock last used in the Oscar-winning film ‘Out of Africa’. Famous for their greens, desaturated shadows and improved grains, these are all aspects we are taking for our new addition,” says ORWO.

“With WOLFEN NC500 we are not trying to imitate the current stock available on the market, we are creating an alternative, something with different characteristics and a different palette.”


Pre-orders will launch on June 1 on the German outfit new store shipping is expected to begin in July.

The company has released a series of test photographs it says were taken with the new film which shows off the beautiful colors it gives.

ORWO points out that this is a brand new film that they have created, however, it is based on Agfa’s XT320 color cinema film which has been used to shoot classic films such as Out of Africa, The Last of the Mohicans and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, according amateur photographer.




A lasting name in film photography

ORWO was originally founded by AGFA in 1910 where it developed the first modern color film – Agfacolour in 1932. But when Germany was divided after World War II, the Agfa Wolfen factory was in the East and separated from Agfa, it therefore adopted the ORWO brand, which stands for ORIGINAL WOLFEN.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 led to the privatization of the company, but film manufacturing ceased soon after in 1994. However, the company made a comeback when ORWO FilmoTec GmbH was founded, which began production of high quality black and white cinema. and technical films.

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