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This is the best-selling film in 2022

Best selling film in 2022
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Trends are certainly a thing within the photographic community, and many of you have been picking up an old film camera and shooting 36 frames of nostalgia, or 120 for the film aficionados. 

Film photography has become so popular again (opens in new tab) that there is now an official list from the online camera store B&H Photo Video, which has showcased the most purchased film stocks in 2022 – something I'm not sure we thought that we'd be writing about even 5 years ago.

The best film (opens in new tab) on our expert list is largely for 35mm cameras, but you'll find some 120 in there too. How does B&H Photo Video compare? Well there are the usual suspects that you would expect, and some that might have you either questioning other photographers' choices or highlighting a film you have never tried before! Scroll down below and see if your next roll of film is on this list.

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1. Ilford HP5 Plus 135 36exp

A classic black-and-white choice

Type: Black and white | Format: 35mm | Exposures: 36 | Speed: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

Classic B&W film
Fast and versatile
Can be pushed to ISO 3200

Ilford's latest version of its classic fast film, which can be developed in traditional black-and-white chemistry. It is a great all-round film, suitable to those who just want to try monochrome – or for those who are looking for a film that will respond well to push processing for lowlight use. 

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2. Kodak TRI-X 400 135mm 36

Iconic 'documentary' film that still appeals today

Type: Black and white | Format: 35mm | Exposures: 36 | Speed: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

Iconic status
Tolerant and versatile
Grainy, gritty look
Too grainy for fine art types

What can you say about Kodak Tri-X? Made famous by a generation of documentary and war photographers, it's pretty tolerant of exposure variations and push/pull processing and produces strong gritty images with good detail rendition. Maybe a bit rough-and-ready for today's tastes, but it still has 'the look'.

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3. Cinestill 800T

Tungsten-Balanced Color film with legendry halation Effect

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exposures: 36 | Speed: ISO 800 | Chemistry: C-41 or ECN-2

Motion Picture Film Stock
Unique Halation Effect
Ideal for Low-Light Conditions
Halation might not suit all users
Tungsten-Balanced

CineStill 800T is a re-formatted movie stock that has been prepared and packaged for use in still cameras. Utilizing a unique "Premoval" stage, the traditional anti-halation rem-jet layer has been removed from this film, enabling its development in C-41 chemistry as well as the motion picture standard ECN-2 process.

Benefitting from the distinct qualities of a high-speed motion picture stock, this color negative film is balanced for tungsten, incandescent, and fluorescent light and exhibits a nominal sensitivity of ISO 800/30°. If exposing under daylight conditions, an 85B filter is recommended along with exposing the film at ISO 500 for normal results. The high film speed is ideal for working in difficult, low-lighting conditions and  well-suited to push processing by up to 3 stops.

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4. Ilford HP5 Plus 120 film

A classic black-and-white choice

Type: Black and white | Format: 120mm | Exposures: 8-15 depending on camera | Speed: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

Classic B&W film
Fast and versatile
Can be pushed to ISO 3200
High Contrast

Ilford's latest version of its classic fast film, which can be developed in traditional black-and-white chemistry. It is a great all-round film, suitable to those who just want to try monochrome – or for those who are looking for a film that will respond well to push processing for lowlight use. 

Kodak Portra 800

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5. Kodak Portra 800 135 36

The fastest and finest grain from a 800 speed color film

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exposures: 36 | Speed : ISO 800 | Chemistry: C-41

Perfect for skin tones
Flexible for lighting conditions
High 800 ISO
Now very expensive

Portra 800 film has gained a passionate following amongst the film community thanks to its flexibility when shooting in different lighting conditions and its beautifully rendered grain and colors. The only downside with Kodak Portra 800 is that it's only sold in packs of five, so you can't officially buy a single roll to experiment with (although you might be able to find single rolls on eBay, be warned that they will have been taken out of their official packaging). However, it's such a good quality film that we can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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6. Kodak Ektar 100 135 36

Sharp, fine-grained and modern all purpose color neg film

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exposures: 36 | Speed: ISO 100 | Chemistry: C-41

Ultra fine grain
High saturation
Regular C-41 processing
Expensive

Kodak claims the world's finest grain for a color negative film, thanks to its T-Grain technology. This film also boasts high saturation and sharpness, and Kodak says it's ideal for scanning and enlarging. Its rendition looks ideal for commercial and landscape photography, and it's cheaper than shooting transparency film.

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7. Kentmere Pan 400 35mm 36exp

A flexible take on a black-and-white film

Type: Black and white | Format: 35mm | Exposures: 36 | Speed: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
Fast and versatile
Fine Grain and Good Sharpness
Lacks high contrast

Kentmere Pan 400 is a flexible and high-speed black and white negative film offering a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27°, making it suitable for use in available light and action photography, as well as general use. The film is characterized by a fine grain structure and good sharpness, as well as a broad tonal range and wide exposure latitude.

Kodak Portra 400 120

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8. Kodak Portra 400 120

The vivid colors and low contrast make this a firm favorite among film fans

Type: Color negative | Format: 120 | Exposures: 8-15 depending on camera | Speed : ISO 400 | Chemistry: C-41

Perfect for skin tones
Flexible for lighting conditions
Only comes in packs of five
Expensive

Portra 400 film has gained a passionate following amongst the film community thanks to its flexibility when shooting in different lighting conditions and its beautifully rendered grain and colors. The only downside with Kodak Portra 400 is that it's only sold in packs of three or five, so you can't officially buy a single roll to experiment with (although you might be able to find single rolls on eBay, be warned that they will have been taken out of their official packaging). However, it's such a good quality film that we can almost guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Fujifilm 200 color film

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9. Fujifilm 200

Vivid color, rich greens with low contrast make this a firm favorite

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exposures: 36 | Speed : ISO 400 | Chemistry: C-41

Fine Grain and High Sharpness
Amazing for landscapes
Wide Exposure Latitude
In shot supply

Fujifilm 200 Color Negative Film is a medium-speed daylight-balanced film offering a vivid color palette and excellent sharpness. It features a nominal sensitivity of ISO 200/24° along with a wide exposure latitude for use in a variety of lighting conditions. The film offers beautiful and natural skin tones for portraits and group settings, and its fine-grain structure enables high-quality results for prints and enlargements. Greens are also enriched by this film making it the perfect 35mm candidate for landscape work.

So no matter what your interest or skill level it goes to show that any film can become popular, who would of thought 5 years ago that we would be even talking about film again, let alone having a best film sold in 2022! The best thing about this list from B&H is that all of them are in stock and ready to ship, so if you have been wanting a film on this list, maybe now is the time to buy before its too late!

If you're feeling inspired, check out the best film cameras (opens in new tab) to see if you can find a model online. Is film photography better than digital (opens in new tab)?

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