My Fujifilm X-T30 Eterna Film Simulation Recipe

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25th Street – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

Eterna is beautiful. Fujifilm’s most recent film simulation, Eterna, has a lot of potential for creating lovely color negative film aesthetics. Even though it has the lowest contrast and lowest color saturation of all the different film simulation options, I suspect that it has significant potential for mimicking many analog looks. It has a film-like feel to it.

Real Eterna was a motion picture film. You’ve likely seen movies and television shows captured on Eterna and didn’t even know it. While Fujifilm invented and intended the Eterna film simulation for video use, which it is quite good for, they made it available for still photographs on X-Trans IV cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-T30, as well as GFX cameras and the X-H1. Unfortunately, if you don’t have one of those cameras you can’t use this recipe. [Update: if your camera doesn’t have Eterna, you can use this alternative (click here)]

I wasn’t trying to mimic the look of any particular film when I invented this recipe. I was just playing around with the settings and really liked what I found. It has an analog feel to it. Initially the look reminded me of something from Nik Anolog Efex. As I used these settings, I found myself getting interesting results. Depending on the lighting and exposure, I was achieving different looks, despite using the exact same settings. Sometimes the results remind me of overexposed Fujifilm 400H, sometimes pushed-process Fujifilm Superia 400, sometimes underexposed expired Superia 800, and sometimes Superia 1600. Occasionally it doesn’t resemble any of those films. It’s not supposed to look like any specific film, yet it often does, but results vary.

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Gathering Raindrops – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

I have always included a typical exposure compensation in my different film simulation recipes, but I didn’t do that this time because you get different results with different exposures. You can select -1 exposure compensation and you can select +1 exposure compensation, or anything in-between, and achieve various looks. You have to play around with it and decide what you like. Also, while I have Auto-ISO set to ISO 6400, I really feel that the best results are found at ISO 3200 or lower. You’ll have to decide how high you want to go with the ISO. For those using this on the X-H1, which doesn’t have Color Chrome Effect, you’ll get very similar results but it will be slightly different.

Eterna
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Color: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +2
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
White Balance: Auto, +5 Red & -6 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400

Below are all camera-made JPEGs captured using this Eterna Film Simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30 camera:

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Fake Plants For Sale – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Light Lens – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Trapped Inside – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Franklin – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Wildcat Radial – Layton, Utah – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Evening Orange – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Cleanup Tools – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Red Tile – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Kitchenscape – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Tops – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Kodak 35mm Film – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Longing – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Ball In The Grass – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Blooming Red Tulip – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Wee Wet White Flowers – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Daffodil Drops – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Spring or Autumn? – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Love – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Siblings Playing On A Tablet – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Joyful – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Don, Walt & Mickey – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Brick & Beer – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Taste On Sale – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Jarred Pig – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Neon Dragon – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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Neon Reflection – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

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25th Street & Lincoln Avenue – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Eterna

16 comments

  1. fragglerocking · April 12

    It does look good!

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  2. Jo · April 12

    I looks great 🙂 Do you think we could get similar results using X-Trans III and Pro-Neg S? Cheers,

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  3. Nathan · April 12

    Great shots man! Do you have a specific w/b setting you use for shooting at night (for all film simulations)?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 12

      Thank you! For night shots I use the same as I do for day, which is almost always auto white balance and whatever shift the recipe calls for.

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  4. nathanlimslgmailcom · April 12

    Great shots and lovely rendering! Do you use a specific w/b setting (for all film simulations) for shooting at night?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 12

      Thanks! I use the same white balance settings at night that I use during the day, which is auto white balance.

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  5. Oliver · April 14

    Hi Ritchie, I really enjoy your presets. Thanks for sharing them. I still have a question though: How do you save the Auto White Balance correction with a preset? I don‘t see a way to do that on my X-T30.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 14

      Thank you! Unfortunately, there’s no way to do that. I wish that Fujifilm would allow people to save custom white balance shifts with the presets.

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      • Ric · 16 Days Ago

        I bough an XT-3 recently and I love your recipes. I went insane trying to figure out how to store a to save custom white balance shift. In the end I figured on my own it just can’t be done. What I have done is for each recipe I store, I store the name of the film and the custom white balance as part of the name. So in this case it would be “Eterna +5R -6B”. Then as I switch film recipes I know what to set the custom white balance. Just a simple thing.

        Great work on the Recipes Ritchie. Thank you so much!

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 16 Days Ago

        Thank you for your kind words! I went insane, too, trying to figure it out, you are definitely not alone. That’s a great suggestion!

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  8. Juergen · 9 Hours Ago

    Hello Ritchie,
    first of all thanks for this awesome page and the recipes. It’s a great work you are doing here for all of us Fuji lovers.
    Do you know any way how to bring these recipes or presets into a RAW converter? What I want to achieve is the following: e.g. I shot a picture raw+jpg for example with your Kodachrome recipe on the jpg. After importing the picture into Lightroom I want to try another recipe like Portra on the picture. I think there is no such possibility and also no raw converter that supports kind of importing custom fuji presets or reading and interpreting them out of the raw file, right?
    The only converter which does this seems to be the Fuji X Raw Studio. It even uses the jpeg preset for the raw when initally opening the raw – great. But let’s be honest – X Raw Studio is realy only a simple raw converter – nothing for the workflow where you want to organize hundreds or thousends of images, manage keywords and exif data or apply local adjustments etc.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 6 Hours Ago

      I don’t know of any, although Alien Skin Exposure has all of the Fujifilm film simulations, so that might be your best bet. X RAW Studio is essentially the same as in-camera RAW conversion, just on your computer.

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