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Product: ORWO UN54
Exposure Index: ISO 100/27°
Base: Triacetate Base
Perforation: Standard N-4740 (BH 1866)
Time Code/Edge Numbers: K-Code (Kodak Key Code)
Product Package: Arrives in a canister. Open in Dark Room. Daylight Spools are not available.
Product description: ORWO Film UN 54 (Universal Negative) is a panchromatic medium
speed black-and-white negative camera film for both outdoor and indoor usage. According to
the ORWO Instruction 4185 the UN 54 film can be processed as black and white reversal
film and be used to produce direct positives.
Compare To: Eastman PLUS X (80 ASA)
Dave Stephenson (Submitted on 22nd Oct 2012)
I am not a great photographer. I try, and I enjoy it immensely, but my wife shoots rings around me with her iPhone.
After our daughter was born, I rediscovered photography. Picked up a Nikon D40 for baby pictures. Discovered that the ability to shoot 1000 frames to get a good one works well for me. Chimping is my friend!
But, I missed the smell of fixer. When my kid was 2, I put a roll of film in my recently unearthed fisrt camera, an old Minolta Hi-Matic G, that has been in a dresser drawer since 1983. I loved it!
I was back with a vengeance. I seem to have a permanent window open to eBay, and have a growing mountain of film cameras now.
So, naturally, that's when Big Yellow starts winding down film production. I was so busy mourning the loss of Kodachrome, that I missed the quiet passing of Plus-X. I have 1/2 of a box of 4x5 from college, but that's getting cloudy. What to do, what to do...?
Enter the OrWo UN54. I was poking around the web, and fpound a few sites discussing this film, and was intrigued. I ordered a 100ft roll from OrWo NA, and treated it as if it was Plus-X. Rated it iso 125, and used Plus-X times in D76. It was lovely.
I actually did a "test" where I loaded two short rolls, and loaded them both into a pair of Canon QL17 GIIIs that I have (I mentioned the mountain of cameras, right?), one rated 125 and the other rated 100, both in Auto mode. After the cumbersome routine of trying to shoot the same thing with 2 cameras, I processed both rolls in the same tank with D76 (1:1). They were both excellent. To my eye, I think the 125 rated stuff had a little more, I dunno, "oomph" perhaps?
I have 10 film cartridges with iso 125 DX codes on them, so I use those with the UN54, though, when I use the iso 100 DX coded carts, the negs are quite nice.
Also, I have recently been playing with pushing film using Diafine, and the UN54 seems to play nice with that, as well. I rated a roll at iso 500, and while a bit grainy (duh!) it was still quite usable.
Since the company in the UK wants to charge me £75 to ship me two sheets of DX code stickers, I will be using the 100 cartridges more often, and am totally OK with that.
Bottom line, if you want a traditional grain, medium speed film to bulk load with, this stuff is really nice. I just ordered a 400ft roll. I have no idea how I am going to manage that much film in the darkroom. I have visions of it all unspooling in my head. But, I really like this film, and am willing to figure it out.
Oh, yeah, the price is very nice as wel!