My Fujifilm “Classic Negative” Film Simulation Recipe (For X-Trans III)

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November Morning – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20 – “Classic Negative”

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 has a new film simulation: Classic Negative. This film simulation is supposed to mimic the look of Superia film. The Classic Negative film simulation is expected to make its way to the X-T3 and X-T30 via a firmware update at some point in the near future, but for now the X-Pro3, which is still a couple weeks out from shipping, is the only camera with it. I’ve already had a number of requests for a film simulation recipe that resembles Classic Negative, despite it being so new.

To be clear, I have absolutely zero experience with the Classic Negative film simulation. There’s only a small sampling of examples that I could find online. I have used Superia film before, but sometimes the film simulations aren’t exact matches to the film they’re supposed to look like. From what I can tell, in this case Fujifilm did a decent job of creating a film simulation that resembles the film.

Classic Negative is actually a little different than other film simulations. Fujifilm has increased the color contrast in it compared to other film simulations. How it renders the picture depends on the lighting and exposure. The darker the light, the lower the saturation, while the brighter the light, the stronger the saturation. In addition, warm colors seem to be a little more vibrant, and cool colors appear a little less so. Highlights seem to have a creamy quality to them, while blacks look a tad faded. This is unlike any other option Fujifilm has given us, so you can imagine creating a film simulation recipe that mimics this is very difficult.

Fujifilm X-Pro3 Blog

According to Fujifilm, this new film simulation has the second-most contrast out of all of them, only behind Velvia, while the saturation is in the range of PRO Neg. Std. I found it difficult to create a high-contrast look that doesn’t blow out highlights or create blocked shadows. I also found it difficult to recreate the look of warm and slightly vibrant skin tones while also creating cool and dull shadows, as you can only get one right. I tried to find a happy middle ground that’s not very far off on anything and generally provides a similar aesthetic. I hope that I succeeded, although I’m not completely confident in that I did.

I didn’t initially intend to share this recipe until I had a chance to see Classic Negative for myself. When the Eterna film simulation came out, I created a recipe for it for my camera that didn’t have it. Some time later, once I had a chance to shoot with Eterna, I realized that my recipe wasn’t as close as I thought or hoped it would be. I’m guessing this one might turn out to be the same. However, a Fuji X Weekly reader urged me to share it, even if it might turn out to be wrong, as some people might like it anyway. I hope that you do like it, whether or not it is completely accurate to the real Classic Negative film simulation.

PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +3
Shadow: +2
Color: -3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +1
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Off or N/A
White Balance: 6700K, -2 Red & +7 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs made using this “Classic Negative” film simulation recipe:

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Smile of Joy – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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November Red Shed – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Dormant Neighborhood Tree – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Icy Leaf – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Brown Cottonwood Leaf – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

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Brown Eye Boy – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

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Mixed Use Crate – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Backyard Winter – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Brown Leaf Pile – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Suburban House – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: My Film Simulation Recipes

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10 comments

  1. Cody · 6 Days Ago

    Thanks for sharing! I was going to add since it was mentioned, Jonas Rask’s review of the xpro 3 includes tons of pics he claimed were only shot with classic-neg if you haven’t seen his examples…
    https://jonasraskphotography.com/2019/10/23/x-pro3-a-different-breed-first-look-extensive-preview/
    I haven’t felt any need to want to upgrade my XT2 body until this new color profile became offered 😦 hopefully someday it will trickle down beyond the X-3’s since I can’t afford any new gear till I win the lotto 😛

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 5 Days Ago

      I did look at his pictures as a reference, it was a great help. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Jackie · 5 Days Ago

    How’s this one different from the other you posted last week? https://fujixweekly.com/2019/10/26/my-fujifilm-x-t30-color-negative-film-simulation-recipe/

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 5 Days Ago

      It’s not much different, but there are some differences. Color Negative is slightly more vibrant than Classic Negative. They’re pretty close to each other, though.

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  3. Tom · 5 Days Ago

    Is the white balance set at 6700K applicable for all, or most, situations? Or do you find yourself modifying it from time to time. I guess this question is appropriate for all your film simulations that use that white balance setting.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 5 Days Ago

      Well, it works best for daylight or shade, but under artificial light it will have a weird color cast.

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  4. mohammed samsheer · 3 Days Ago

    Can you help me out finding one of your film simulations? i searched it last night but was unable to find it.
    I remember that the pictures were very moody and blue.
    i believe you had taken couple of pictures inside a boat ,one of it was a portrait of a lady.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    thanks in advance

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  5. Dia · 3 Days Ago

    Nice work Ritchie,
    I’m using XT3 , and am dedicating the (K) white balance to be at 3200 for the CineStill recipe :(, is there any way use one of the custom 1-3 option WB instead of 6700K, -2 Red & +7 Blue? any tip for that?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 3 Days Ago

      I tried some different things before settling on a Kelvin temperature. You could use Custom White Balance, but you’d have to figure out how to get it to record a white balance that’s the same as 6700K, and I don’t really know how to do that outside of trial and error. Best of luck!

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