It’s the best-selling movie of 2022

Trends are certainly a thing within the photography community, and many of you have picked up an old film camera and taken 36 images for nostalgia, or 120 for movie buffs.

Film photography has become so popular again (opens in a new tab) that there’s now an official list from online camera store B&H Photo Video, which featured the most bought film stocks of 2022 – something I’m not sure we thought we’d write even 5 years ago year.

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

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1. Ilford HP5 Plus 135 36exp

A classic choice in black and white

Type: Black and white | Format: 35mm | Exhibitions: 36 | The rapidity: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

Classic B&W film

Fast and versatile

Can be pushed up to ISO 3200

Ilford’s latest take on his classic fast-paced film, which can be expanded into traditional black and white chemistry. It’s a great all-around film, suitable for those who just want to try out monochrome – or those looking for a film that will respond well to heavy processing for low-light 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 | Exhibitions: 36 | The rapidity: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

Iconic Status

Tolerant and versatile

Grainy and gritty appearance

Too grainy for fine art

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

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3.Cinestill 800T

Tungsten-Balanced color film with legendary halo effect

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exhibitions: 36 | The rapidity: ISO 800 | Chemistry: C-41 or ECN-2

Motion picture film stock

Unique halo effect

Ideal for low light conditions

Halation may not be suitable for all users

Tungsten balanced

CineStill 800T is reformatted film stock that has been prepared and packaged for use in cameras. Utilizing a unique “Premoval” stage, the traditional anti-halo rem-jet layer has been removed from this film, allowing it to be developed in C-41 chemistry as well as the cinema standard ECN-2 process.

Boasting the distinct qualities of high-speed motion picture film, this color negative film is balanced for tungsten, incandescent and fluorescent light and has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 800/30°. If you are exposing in daylight conditions, an 85B filter is recommended with film exposure at ISO 500 for normal results. The high film speed is ideal for working in difficult low light conditions and well suited for pushing processing up to 3 stops.

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4. Ilford HP5 Plus 120 film

A classic choice in black and white

Type: Black and white | Format: 120mm | Exhibitions: 8-15 depending on the camera | The rapidity: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

Classic B&W movie

Fast and versatile

Can be pushed up to ISO 3200

High contrast

Ilford’s latest take on his classic fast-paced film, which can be expanded into traditional black and white chemistry. It’s a great all-around film, suitable for those who just want to try out monochrome – or those looking for a film that will respond well to heavy processing for low-light use.

Kodak Portrait 800

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5. Kodak Portrait 800 135 36

The fastest, finest grain of 800-speed color film

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exhibitions: 36 | The rapidity : ISO 800 | Chemistry: C-41

Perfect for skin tones

Flexible for lighting conditions

High ISO 800

Now very expensive

Portra 800 film has won a passionate following among the filmmaking community thanks to its flexibility when shooting in different lighting conditions and its beautifully rendered grain and color. The only downside to the Kodak Portra 800 is that it only comes in packs of five, so you can’t officially buy a single roll to experiment with (although you can find single rolls on eBay, be aware that they have been taken out of their official packaging). However, it’s such a high quality movie that we can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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6.Kodak Ektar 100 135 36

Crisp, fine-grained, modern all-purpose color negative film

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exhibitions: 36 | The rapidity: ISO 100 | Chemistry: C-41

Ultra-fine grain

High saturation

Regular processing of C-41

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Kodak claims the finest grain in the world for color negative film, thanks to its T-Grain technology. This film also offers high saturation and sharpness, and Kodak claims it is ideal for scanning and enlargement. Its rendering seems ideal for commercial and landscape photography, and it’s cheaper than shooting on transparent film.

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7. Pan Kentmere 400 35mm 36exp

A flexible view of black and white film

Type: Black and white | Format: 35mm | Exhibitions: 36 | The rapidity: ISO 400 | Chemistry: Black and white

B&W panchromatic negative film

Fast and versatile

Fine grain and good sharpness

Lack of high contrast

Kentmere Pan 400 is a flexible, 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 wide tonal range and wide exposure latitude.

Kodak Portra 400 120

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8. Kodak Portra 400 120

Bright colors and low contrast make it a favorite among moviegoers

Type: Color negative | Format: 120 | Exhibitions: 8-15 depending on the camera | The rapidity : ISO 400 | Chemistry: C-41

Perfect for skin tones

Flexible for lighting conditions

Only comes in packs of five

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

Fujifilm 200 color film

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9.Fujifilm 200

Bright colors, rich greens with low contrast make this a firm favorite

Type: Color negative | Format: 35mm | Exhibitions: 36 | The rapidity : ISO 400 | Chemistry: C-41

Fine grain and high sharpness

Amazing for landscapes

Wide exposure latitude

On fire reserve

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

So whatever your interest or skill level it goes to show that any movie can become popular who would have thought 5 years ago that we would still be talking about movies let alone having a better selling movie in 2022! The best thing about this list from B&H is that they’re all in stock and ready to ship, so if you wanted a movie on this list, now might be the time to buy before it’s gone. be too late!

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