My Fujifilm XF10 Film Simulation Recipes

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I have created many wonderful film simulation recipes for X-Trans III cameras, but none of those can be used on my Fujifilm XF10. I had to create brand-new film simulation recipes for this camera. I used my experience with other Fujifilm cameras to create different straight-out-of-camera looks that I would appreciate.

You can only have one custom setting saved on the XF10. The default settings that I have programmed for the camera are my Classic Chrome recipe. If I want a look with more saturation I’ll adjust the settings to my Velvia recipe. If I want black-and-white I’ll adjust the settings to my Monochrome recipe. It’s a little bit of a pain to be constantly switching, so I try to not go back-and-forth any more than I need to.

While I use these recipes on my XF10, they’re compatible with the X-T100, X-A5, X-A3 and any X-Trans I or X-Trans II camera. The rendition might vary slightly from model-to-model, but the overall look should be fairly consistent. These settings won’t translate to X-Trans III or X-Trans IV.

Aside from some minor cropping, the photographs in this article are all straight-out-of-camera JPEGs. I like to keep my workflow as simple as possible, and Fujifilm’s different film simulation options allow me to rely on camera-made JPEGs. Using JPEGs instead of RAW saves me a ton of time. I appreciate being in front of a computer less and behind a camera more.

Below are my Fujifilm XF10 film simulation recipes!

Classic Chrome

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Ghosts of the Past – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm XF10

This is my go-to film simulation option. I use it significantly more often than the other recipes. It has a classic Kodak film look, although not exactly like any one in particular. I think it most closely resembles 1960’s era Ektachrome, but it’s not an exact match. Even so, it looks great and is quite versatile. It has a lot of contrast, just vibrant enough colors and a warm tone.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: +1 (0 sometimes in high-contrast situations)
Shadow: +2
Color: +1
Noise Reduction: -2
Sharpening: -1
White Balance: Auto, +3 Red & -4 Blue

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Kids At The Lake – East Canyon SP, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Bolsey 100 – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Terminal Windows – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Flag On A Pole – Layton, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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FED 5c Window – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Velvia

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Vibrant Bloom – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Velvia was one of my favorite films. It produced incredibly vibrant colors. Apparently Fujifilm didn’t intend to make such a wild film, it was more of an accident than anything else, but it quickly become the standard film for color landscape photography. Something interesting that I recently learned is one of the people who helped develop Velvia for Fujifilm also helped develop the Velvia Film Simulation. The film simulation isn’t a 100% match to Velvia 50, but perhaps closer to Velvia 100F. My recipe is intended to produce a look that is closer to Velvia 50.

Velvia
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: 0 (+1 in low-contrast situations, -1 in high-contrast situations)
Shadow: +1
Color: +2
Noise Reduction: -2
Sharpening: -1
White Balance: Auto, +1 Red & -3 Blue

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Historic Dragon – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Scattering of Red – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Sunlight Through The Forest – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Green Leaves – Layton, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Yellow Amid Red – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Monochrome

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Shy Horse – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

The XF10 lacks Fujifilm’s greatest film simulation: Acros. Instead it has the old Monochrome option, which is alright but not nearly as good as Acros. Despite this, it is possible to get nice black-and-white camera-made JPEGs from the XF10. There are four different options, and to understand what each does one must understand what different colored filters do to black-and-white film, as +Y simulates using a yellow filter, +R simulates a red filter and +G simulates a green filter. If you know how to use color filters on black-and-white film then you know when to pick which option on the XF10.

Monochrome (Monochrome+Y, Monochrome+R, Monochrome+G)
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: +1 (+2 in low-contrast situations)
Shadow: +2 (+1 in high-contrast situations)
Noise Reduction: -2
Sharpening: -1

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Wishes Waiting – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Plastic Fingers – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Hat Abstract – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Dream – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Tilted Pier – East Canyon SP, UT – Fujifilm XF10

37 comments

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  2. Aleksander Torset Eriksen · October 12

    Fantastic! I’ve bookmarked your page 🙂 Very detailed simulations and articles. Keep making..!

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  3. Nan · November 22

    Thank you so much for sharing all the presets and photos. I’ve already read all of your recipes posts, and you are just amazing with color and tones. I regret a lot that I sold my X100 limited edition very cheaply on eBay, the X100T just doesn’t work for me due to the x-trans sensor. I am so happy to find the x-t100 has a Bayer sensor and it even has a dedicated film simulation wheel! So please release more recipes for the XF10!!! 😉

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    • Ritchie Roesch · November 22

      Sure! I’ve been thinking about creating some new looks for the XF10. Thank you for your kind words!

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    • Keith Baines · May 28

      If you normally use your chrome settings and then change to the velvia settings, which setting does the camera wake up in after it has been switched off?
      What a pity it doesn’t have the 7 ( or at least 3) custom settings like the X100F! Keith

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      • Ritchie Roesch · May 28

        Thank you for your comment! It will wake up with whatever settings it was shut off in. I do wish Fujifilm would have given it some custom settings.

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  4. Théo Kyriacopoulos · November 24

    Thanks a lot ! Now it’s time for me to use it on my X-T10 !! Very nice article !

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  5. Viktor · December 3

    Man, you are a photogenius 😉 I tryed, works well

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 3

      Thank you! I’m flattered. I would say, of the three, the Classic Chrome recipe is my favorite.

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  6. Sam Banes · December 30

    Hello Ritchie, Thanks for some great insights. I am just starting with film simulations on GFX. However, would you think these recipes made specifically for x-trans give identical results on a GFX that has Bayer sensor?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 30

      Congrats on your GFX! I would assume that the recipes are compatible with GFX cameras, but the results wouldn’t be 100% identical; however, I would suspect that it would be very close and that the differences in how the cameras render images wouldn’t be significant. I have never used a GFX camera so this is only speculation.

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  7. Sam Banes · December 30

    Thank you, Ritchie. Looking forward to trying them.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 30

      You will have to let me know how it goes.

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      • Sam Banes · December 30

        I’ll keep you posted. Happy to send in some full-sized samples as well for you to examine.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · December 30

        That sounds great! I’m afraid it might make me run out and get a GFX camera, though….

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  9. Aaron Jones · January 6

    Love the settings Ritchie!

    I picked up the XF10 a couple of days ago as more of a carry everywhere camera to go with my other Fuji.
    But I’ve not been able to find the custom setting to save the recipes like I can with the X100F – can you point me in the right direction?

    Thanks,

    Aaron

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    • Ritchie Roesch · January 6

      Unfortunately you cannot. I was disappointed by this myself. That’s why I only created three different recipes, and there’s some similarities between them so that I wouldn’t have to adjust too much.

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  10. Miguel · March 29

    Hi Ritchie,

    I was about to copy your simulations from X-Trans III and was suppose to /2 your settings but then found out it is different for Xtrans II/X-T1. 😦 Oh well, if you can replicate Acros, Eterna, Kodak Portra 400, both Kodachrome. That would be great!! Thanks alot!!

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  11. Andreas · May 20

    Hey Ritchie,

    So glad I found your blog. You got some great recipes here. I am waiting for my X100T to be shipped. Any chance you will post some more recipes for the X-Trans II Sensor?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 20

      I really should. I’ve been focused on X-Trans III and IV, but it would be fun to play around with the older cameras. Thank you for commenting!

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  12. coffeeandphoto2 · May 27

    Fantastic work. .. and very useful I. As I don’t have. Some of settings on my x-t1. Nevertheless I try some of settings out in the future on my camera.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 27

      Thanks so much! I’m sorry that I don’t have more articles for X-Trans I and X-Trans II. Maybe I will write more in the upcoming months.

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  13. Zack · June 14

    For your classic chrome recipe is your go to exposure setting the default or are you going + or – a little?
    Thanks!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 14

      Each exposure should be looked at individually, but I would say that -1/3 to 0 is pretty typical.

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      • Zack · June 14

        Interesting. So the opposite of the x-trans? (ie- I often go +2/3 as do you on your classic chrome recipe).

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      • Ritchie Roesch · June 14

        The camera meters a little different and handles highlights a little different. I’d start at 0 and take a look at what you get.

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  14. Mark · 22 Days Ago

    Hi
    Stupid question but does anyone know how i create custom settings in the xf10? Can’t for the life of me find any advice on this..

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 22 Days Ago

      You cannot save custom presets like on other Fujifilm cameras, like Q menu presets. You can only have the one setting you program in the menu.

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      • Aaron · 17 Days Ago

        It’s such a shame that Fuji don’t allow custom presets on the XF10.

        It’s probably one of things I’d be most thankful for if they could release the option as a firmware update. Doesn’t need to be 7 like other cameras – 3 would do me just fine!

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 17 Days Ago

        I completely agree with this! Seems like it would be possible through a firmware update. Take care!

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  15. oriolcastells · 14 Days Ago

    Hello,
    Great post! I am an analogue photographer and I am considering buying the Xf10 for those times I cannot shoot film. Do you know if it is possible to recreate the pastel look of Fuji Pro 400 h overexposed without too much hustle? This is the look I would like to achieve https://www.sonia-davies.com/blog/morning-at-ajuda-garden-lisbons-hidden-gem
    Many thanks!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 14 Days Ago

      Oh, I wish that I could. I’ve made a 400H recipe (not for the XF10) but it doesn’t create the pastel colors of overexposing actual 400H film. This would be a film simulation that I would love for Fujifilm to add. Sorry that I couldn’t be more helpful.

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