There are still many places to buy film. If you're lucky you might have a camera store near you with a large selection of film. If not, there are plenty of online stores where you can buy film.
- eBay (Best Place to find Discontinued Film)
- B&H Photo
- KEH Camera
- Lomography (Source of 110 Film)
- Film Photography Project (Great for Specialty Film)
- Photo Warehouse (Has Ultrafine film, which is cheap)
- Digital Truth
- Freestyle Photographic Supplies
- Blue Moon Camera
- Vistek (Canada)
- Discount Films Direct (UK)
- AG Photographic (UK)
- Camera World (UK)
- First Call Photographic (UK)
- Wilkinson Cameras (UK)
- Jessops (UK)
What Film Does You Camera Use?
If you are unsure of what film your camera uses, try looking up the model. Below is information on all of the common film still being used.
35mm Film Cartridges
This is by far the most common type of film. If you find or were given a camera from the 1960s until the introduction of digital cameras, this is the film it likely uses.
You should be able to find 35mm film in big box stores, pharmacies, groceries, and other stores that are not specific to photography. However, you'll only be able to find a few consumer-level films.
For professional film, you will need to shop at a camera store or online.
120 Medium Format Roll Film
Medium format film is sold as a roll. The film has a paper backing with indicators for different image frame sizes.
There was also 220 film, which was twice the length of 120 film, but did not have a backing paper. If you're interested in learning more you can check out the differences between 120 and 220 film.
Fujifilm Instax Instant Film
Fujifilm Instax cameras use instant film that comes in cartridges. There are 3 different sizes of film:
Make sure you get the right size for your Instax camera. The mini is the most common type used.
Polaroid Instant Film
The original Polaroid company is gone. Instant film packs are still available from Polaroid Originals.
- Spectra (Discontinued)
The correct type of film for your camera will be listed on the inside of the film door.
110 film comes in a small cartridge. 24 frames can be captured with each cartridge. The frames are 13mm x 17mm.
APS Film Cartridges
Advanced Photo System (APS) was cartridge based film format introduced in 1996. It was discontinued in 2011.
The vast majority of APS film cameras are point and shoots. The benefit of the format is there are no manual steps for loading the film. You simply put the cartridge into the camera.
Sheet film is sold in boxes and needs to be loaded into film holders in the dark. The most common sizes are 5x4 inches and 8x10 inches.