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Testing Svema DS-5M // Свема ДС-5М

Svema (СВЕточувствительные МАтериалы, or Light-sensitive materials) first saw the light in this world in 1928 and by 1931 was already a company (by the Russian standards). Its portfolio included many types and formats of films, proudly used to keep cameras rolling in productions like the epic War and peace, heart-breaking The Courier or Queen Read the rest

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ORWO Color NC-19

30 years back, in the ’80s, ORWO Color NC-19 was the affordable way to capture moments of your cat’s charming existence, summer vacation casual diversions or backyard la vida loca BBQs.

Never had it in my ammunition list ’til recently, when The Destiny threw me a bag full of 120 rolls of it, no message … Read the rest

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Testing ORWO TF-8

Hey, listen — for the record, this is ORWO TF-8. They used it in the past to picture sound.

Got a canister of it and started looking for any technical info. That’s where I hit the internet wall of “9 results found”. As I learnt in a similar case — for such old materials you … Read the rest

Films

AGFA Gevapan 30

Let’s talk a bit about AGFA Gevapan 30 film. He died in the 60s.

Found a bulk of it in a 35mm from an old professor in the technical university nearby, who was giving it out at the price of a duner. Can’t blame the duner here.

Agfa-Gevaert disappeared long time ago only to give … Read the rest

Films

A list of ORWO photo materials

I shoot a lot of old, expired films. Many of their makes and types are widely known, but there are rolls I keep in my fridge for which data is no longer (easily) available. Browsing for each film before testing it I found myself browsing again in a few weeks to refresh my mind before … Read the rest

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ORWO Chrom UT-18 — junk or gem?

Laid my hands recently on ORWO UT-18 roll films. Feeling like a 10-years-old in a LEGO shop, went to basement and opened up an old book of wisdom, the ORiginal WOlfen cook book.

ORWO Chrom UT-18 was first introduced in 1968 and was in production till the late ‘80s / early ’90s. The expiration dates … Read the rest