What should I look out for when buying film?
When you see a deal too good to be true, the film is usually expired. That in itself is not a problem since film is usually still good years after the expiration date, especially when it was stored under good cooling conditions.
Where can I get my film developed?
Try to find a nice local lab to support. If there is none in your city, you can try one of the big retail chains in your country. Make sure to check that the lab supports your films development process (C41, E6, B&W).
How can I develop film myself?
Black & white film developing is not very difficult and can be done without a darkroom. Look for a film developing starter kit or find a local photographer group which might even have a darkroom.
Why isn’t film x listed here?
The films on this site should meet a few requirements: they are not a one-off production run, they are available from multiple international retailers and are (ideally) not just a simple rebranding of another film. You can find more complete lists on Wikipedia:
What about other film formats and processes?
If this site generates enough interest, I’ll add these in the future. For now I only added film formats and processes I use myself.
If you would like to contribute to this site, contact me via the issues in the repository on GitHub:
What does -chromatic mean?
It indicates which wavelengths a film emulsion is sensitive to.
sensitive up to ~730-820nm
panchromatic (stronger red):
sensitive up to ~700nm
orthopanchromatic (reduced red):
sensitive up to ~650nm
orthochromatic (insensitive to red):
sensitive up to ~600nm
What about the price ranges?
The prices are rough estimates for prices of a single roll (36 exposures for 135, 24 exposures for 110) in Germany in 2022. Some of the films you can get in bundles which are significantly cheaper per roll.
€ - cheap (ca. 3-8 € per roll)
€€ - moderate (ca. 8-15 € per roll)
€€€ - expensive (ca. 15-25 € per roll)
How is the popularity measured?
It’s not easy to measure this. Currently it’s just the number of search results on a popular photo site. I’m very open to alternative ideas! Please let me know via the issues in the repository on GitHub if you have an idea:
Who runs this site?
This site is made by me, Sebastian. I’m happy to take your comments, additions and corrections to this site! Meanwhile you can find some of my personal photography on my personal website: