My Fujifilm X-T30 Acros Film Simulation Recipe (Agfa APX 400)


Cloud Over The White Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

I made a new Acros recipe! I’ve been playing around lately with the Acros settings on my Fujifilm X-T30, trying to create a certain look (which I’m still working on), and I stumbled upon some interesting settings. I tried them out for a few days and wanted to share my findings with you. I think some of you might like this one!

This recipe is not intended to mimic the look of any particular film, but it’s in the neighborhood of a couple different black-and-white stocks. The closest might be Agfa APX 400 (the newer version), but it’s not an exact match for that film. I don’t think it really matters if it’s an exact match or not, it has an analog black-and-white look that’s easy to appreciate!


Shopping Carts – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

The idea behind this film simulation recipe is to have a lower-contrast option that doesn’t look flat. It seems to be especially well suited for high-contrast scenes, but there’s a certain beauty in low-contrast scenes where it produces almost a faded aesthetic. This Acros recipe is really great for certain situations, and it’s one of my favorite Acros recipes that I’ve created. If you don’t have an X-Trans IV camera, you can still use this recipe, except you can’t use Color Chrome Effect or Toning, so the results will be slightly different, but still very similar.

Acros (Acros+Y, Acros+R, Acros+G)
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: -2
Shadow: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +4
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Toning: +1 (warm)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to +1-1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this recipe on the Fujifilm X-T30:


Frozen Reservoir – Causey Reservoir, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Mid Morning Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Head In The Clouds – Ogden Canyon, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Mountain Obscured – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Reaching For Grass – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Jo by a Window – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Girl Sitting – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Bread Cutting – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


The Course Toward – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Asleep – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Couch – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Three Vases By A Window – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


White Flower Bouquet – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Dead Rose Leaves – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros


Hiding Hydrant – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Acros

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  1. fragglerocking · April 18, 2019

    Good results, it has a film feel to it.

  2. Ricardo Richon Guzman · April 19, 2019


    Just a few days ago I was testing taming the highlights of your PUSHPROCESS ACros con my X-T3 to get the same result…

    And I like It also (maybe even better)

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  7. Johan · May 10, 2020

    Interesting how you use DR and exposure compensation together. Over the past few days I have been testing with that as well. Your recipes are a source of inspiration.

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  15. juanimal · May 7, 2022

    Beautiful BW mood! Sorry to bother you, Ritchie, I have the same question just made in your Cross Process recipe: how do I set grain size and color chrome effect blue in my X-Pro3?
    Thanks again and happy shoots!

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 7, 2022

      Color Chrome FX Blue Off and I would consider using Large Grain.

  16. juanimal · May 7, 2022

    Thanks again Ritchie!!

  17. Lars · December 14

    Love this one. A general question, are you leaving the grain settings on all the time, even when shooting ISO 3200 or 6400? For color and bnw recipes either?
    Regards Lars

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 14

      You know, I’m lazy and leave it on all of the time. If I weren’t so lazy, I would consider turning it off at the higher ISOs, especially 6400 and 12800.

  18. Jarek · January 19

    My favourite. Thanks a lot.

  19. Scott · 13 Days Ago

    I’ve been trying to find a match for the work of Czech photographer Karel Plicka (1894 to 1987) and I think this might be the one! Iford HP5 and Kodak Tri-X were also available in his day (mid 20th century) and are possible contenders but the example images here look like they hit the mark. Thx

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