My Fujifilm X100F Kodak Ektar 100 Film Simulation Recipe

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Peach City Drive-In – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

When Fuji X Weekly reader Jackie asked if I could make a film simulation recipe that mimics the look of Kodak Ektar 100 film, I thought that it would be a simple task. Classic Chrome is halfway there already, providing a Kodak-esque look right out of the bag. But, as it turns out, creating an Ektar look wasn’t easy for one reason: Classic Chrome isn’t vibrant enough, even with color set to +4. Velvia was my next choice, but I couldn’t make it work. It turns out Astia is the key.

Before I get ahead of myself too much, let’s roll things back a little. Ektar is a color negative film made by Kodak. It’s known for vibrant colors, high contrast and fine grain, and, even though it is a negative film, it is more like reversal (slide) film. I would say that, while the results aren’t 100% identical, there are a lot of similarities between Ektar 100 and Ektachrome 100VS. In fact, when Kodak discontinued Ektachrome 100VS, they recommended Ektar 100 as the closest film.

Ektar is ideal for vibrant landscapes or any situation where you want lots of contrast and saturated colors. It’s not usually one’s first choice for portrait photography because skin tones can be off. Some people use it extensively for portraits, but the general advice is to use Ektar for everything other than people pictures. I’ve shot a few rolls of it in the past, but it’s been probably seven or eight years.

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Summer Boy – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

I’m actually a little hesitant to call this film simulation recipe Kodak Ektar 100 because it’s not quite right. It’s close, but a little off. The color palette is slightly askew. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it any closer to being right. I do feel that, if you like Ektar 100 film, you’ll like this film simulation recipe, even though it’s not an exact match.

One thing about this recipe that I’d like to mention is, while I have Dynamic Range set to Auto, almost always the camera selected DR100. If you don’t want to use DR-Auto, set it to DR100 instead and you’ll get the same results. Also, I did not use the faux grain effect for this recipe. I think you could use weak grain if the ISO is 800 or less, but once you get to ISO 1600 and higher the digital noise acts like a convincing weak grain, and adding more grain on top of it is too much. So I elected to set grain to off, but you might consider using weak grain, particularly at the lower ISOs.

Astia
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto

Highlight: +1
Shadow: +3
Color: +4
Noise Reduction: -3

Sharpening: +1
Grain Effect: Off
White Balance: Auto, +3 Red & -2 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photos, all straight-out-of-camera JPEGs captured using my Kodak Ektar 100 Film Simulation recipe:

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Ice Cream Sandwiches – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Open Fountain – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Peach City Fun – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Sunlit Sisters – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Happy & Sad – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Splash Time – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Summer Wildflower Blossom – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Birds In The Window – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

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Crates & Dollies – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F “Ektar 100”

See also:
My Fujifilm X100F Kodak Porta 400 Film Simulation Recipe
My Fujifilm X100F CineStill 800T Film Simulation Recipe
My Fujifilm X100F Fujicolor Superia 800 Film Simulation Recipe
My Fujifilm X100F Vintage Kodachrome Film Simulation Recipe

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15 comments

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  3. Nuno Lopes · December 9

    I adapted your recipes to my X-E1 to great results, including this one, it gives great worm tones in occasions where this stand out the scene. But one of your recipes that I would love to adapt I couldn’t until now given X-E1 doesn’t have classic chrome and that’s Kodachrome II, any chance to achieve the look with any of the simulations available within X-E1?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 9

      Perhaps try Astia. You will likely have to lower the saturation to -2, and maybe set the dynamic range to DR100. I think that should get you in the ballpark.

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  4. Nuno Lopes · December 10

    Got these results

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/DK7wkoerWpLJ13hr9

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/xrsptwaRP8Gvrw3s6

    getting closer to the look I guess

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 10

      I would say that you are certainly close. Maybe experiment with the settings until you find the right combination that gives you the results you want.

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  5. Ricardo Cohen · April 15

    I am newbie to Fujifilm having just purchased a XT-3. How do I set WB to “Auto, +3 Red & -2 Blue” in custom setting? Once is set to “Auto”, I can’t seem to get to the screen to set to Red or Blue. Any help would be appreciated.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 15

      On the menu, when you select Auto White Balance, if you arrow to the right, it should bring up the white balance shift menu. I hope this helps!

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  6. Dan M. · June 6

    I don’t understand how the changes in Color are implemented in Fuji RAW application, is it the one that comes up with a color wheel? Great series! I just returned from a month in Tuscany, Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast and want to try out your recipes. THANKS.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 6

      I appreciate your kind words. I’m not sure exactly how you use these recipes with a RAW developer, I suppose it depends on the software of choice. I rely on in-camera JPEGs, and that’s what these settings are intended for, although there very well could be other applications, I’m just not sure exactly how. Sounds like an amazing trip!

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  7. Anna · June 23

    White balance once again 😉
    I try this recipe in XT2. I put + 3 Red& -2 Blue as Custom white balance. I chose this Custom in my Ektar simulation. Is this good way?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 23

      Custom white balance could work. I prefer Auto White Balance for this recipe.

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