ORWO Wolfen NP100 is a new 35mm B&W film

The analog photography industry is going through a strange time. Film photography hasn’t been this popular in years, but film stock is becoming harder to find – or dramatically increasing in price – left, right and center. So it’s always a pleasure to announce good news: the German film manufacturer ORWO releases a brand new 35mm black and white film Later this year.

Who is ORWO?

The new film cartridges will be DX coated for maximum compatibility with 35mm cameras. ORWO

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While ORWO might not have the same name recognition as, say, Kodak or Fujifilm, it’s a brand with just as much history. Founded in 1909 in Wolfen, Germany, as a subsidiary of AGFA, it has been producing films for over a century. In fact, it was one of the largest film makers in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, producing films in East Germany that were shot by photographers on both sides of the Berlin Wall.

Wolfen NP100, however, is the company’s first new film in 50 years. It’s part of a push by the company next to a merger and financial restructuring to start a new chapter for the legendary brand.

Introducing Wolfen NP100

Wolfen NP100 is an “exceptionally” fine grain ISO 100 35mm B&W photographic film. According to the announcement on Instagramit is a successor to the company’s NP15, NP20 and NP27 films which, although expired in the 70s, are still being shot today with “wonderful results”.

An example of an image taken with the new ORWO Wolfen NP100 B&W film.
Wolfen NP100 should provide plenty of contrast and fine grain. ORWO

Judging from the initial samples provided, as well as ORWO’s description, we expect it to produce similar results to Ilford Delta 100 (which we love). That being said, we’ll wait to do absolute ratings until we run a roll or two through a camera and see the results.

Given its name, it’s no surprise that the NP100 is produced at the company’s factory in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, where it’s been making films since 1910.

How to get Wolfen NP100

An example of an image taken with the new ORWO Wolfen NP100 B&W film.
The new stock is available for pre-order now for $11 a roll. ORWO

NP100 is released in a “strictly limited run” of 36,000 roles at 36 exposures. Previous announcements had suggested the film would be available in April, but shipping delays (which come as no surprise given the current supply chain crisis) have pushed the schedule a bit behind schedule. It should now start shipping in June.

NP100 is available for pre-order now via ORWO’s online store for $11 per roll. If you place an order, we also suggest you check the UN54, NP400and DN21 movies. UN54, in particular, is an excellent all-purpose B&W film.

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