10 Most Popular Film Simulation Recipes of 2019

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Shot on a Fujifilm X-T30 using my Vintage Kodachrome film simulation recipe.

It’s the new year, and that means reviewing last year, and making “top lists” of everything under the sun from the previous 12 months on this blog. Most popular posts. Top favorite pictures. You get the idea. That’s what I’ve done in the past, and besides, everyone else is doing it. Actually, this article will be the only one on Fuji X Weekly this January. Well, I’m not promising, as I reserve the right to change my mind, but for now, my only top list will be this post, where I will share the most popular film simulation recipes for Fujifilm cameras from 2019.

I determined which film simulation recipes were the most popular by the number of page views each one received last year. Which article was seen the most during 2019 is what determines the popularity for the purpose of this post. That doesn’t mean more people are using it or more images were captured with it, just that more people viewed the recipe. Also, not every film simulation recipe was around the whole year. Some were made not very long ago and are at a strong disadvantage to make this list.

I was surprised by how many views a few of these film simulation recipes had. The top five were expected, but some of the others were not. Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! Also, let me know which recipe that didn’t make this list is your favorite. I hope that your holidays were wonderful. May 2020 be a fantastic year for you!

#10. Cinestill 800T
#9. X100F “Eterna”
#8. Ektar 100
#7. Eterna
#6. Fujicolor Superia 800
#5. Kodachrome 64
#4. Kodak Portra 400
#3. Classic Chrome
#2. Vintage Kodachrome
#1. Kodachrome II

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  1. James Symmonds · January 2, 2020

    For B&W, if I’m turning up my ISO, I love your HP5 one. Cinestill is my go to for night shots in the city. I have the K64 on my XT3 and XPro3. But with the new Classic Neg on the XPro3, I’ve been trying that out for now. (Looks best with strong daylight or foggy/misty/overcast weather.) I’m hoping they get that one out to the XT3/30 so I can see what you do with that and the new clarity setting. Thank you for figuring these out. They look great! I know I have one friend who might be jumping ship from Canon after seeing what I can get SOOC from my Fuji.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2020

      The HP5 recipe is a good B&W option. Interestingly, no B&W made this list. CineStill is my favorite for night city shots, too. I can’t wait for Classic Negative to come to the X-T30 so that I can try it. Thank you for the input!

      • Russel · January 3, 2020

        Any chance you will do a black and white list?

      • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2020

        I was a little surprised that none of the B&W recipes made this list. There are some interesting ones for certain. Which is your favorite?

      • Russel · February 2, 2020

        I have been trying some of your recipes on my X100. Not much latitude for change but the XT1 Monochrome is quite visceral. For coliur, Im playing with the Kodchrome II, WB @.

      • Russel · February 2, 2020

        That should read WB @ 0. Not sure if I’m comfy with the skintones

      • Ritchie Roesch · February 2, 2020

        I appreciate your feedback! I have a new Kodachrome II recipe for X-Trans II cameras coming soon.

  2. Daniel · January 3, 2020

    You could divide the number of views by number of months to make the numbers more comparable.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2020

      Yeah, that would make a lot of sense. I probably should have done that.

  3. Khürt Williams · January 3, 2020

    #1. Kodachrome II
    #2. Vintage Kodachrome
    #3. Classic Chrome

    My favourites line up with your data points.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2020

      Awesome! Those are some of my favorites, too!

  4. Thomas Schwab · January 3, 2020

    In dieser Runde wünsche ich ein glückliches und gesundes neues Jahr!
    Meine C1 -C7 Einstellung (X-PRO3) entspricht meinen derzeitigen Favoriten:
    1. Classic Negative
    2. Kodachrome 64
    3. Kodachrome II
    4. Kodak Ektar 100
    5. Eterna
    6. Fujifilm Acros
    7. Sepia

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2020

      Das ist eine epische Verwendung der Q-Menü-Voreinstellungen!

  5. tim matson · January 3, 2020

    Does xt30 record what settings were used for a shot? I often don’t keep track…. thanks for a great
    year assisting me with my new xt30… !

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2020

      Yes. You can find it on camera, or off camera in the EXIF data.

  6. Ricardo Richon Guzman · January 3, 2020

    #1 Kodachrome X (or II) as you posted is my main recipe but very close is a over contrasty B/N also….

    thanks for the time building this page as it was a great finding of 2019 in my first Fuji Year 😉

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2020

      That’s one of my favorite recipes, too! I’m glad that you like it, and I am also glad that you found this website.

  7. Mark Crable · January 4, 2020

    I haven’t tried them all yet, but I’m still experimenting. My favorites so far are;
    #1 Kodachrome 64
    #2 Vintage Kodachrome
    #3 Urban Vintage Chrome
    #4 Velvia
    I love the vintage look of the Chrome recipes, and the rich colors of the Velvia recipe. I still have three rolls of Velvia 50 I’ve been saving for 20 years. I’ve been wanting to get another Nikon FG just to shoot these rolls for about 10 years now.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 4, 2020

      Those are all very good recipes and I can see why they’re your favorites! I have a few rolls of Velvia 50, too, that I have been saving. Thank you for the input!

      • Mark Crable · January 4, 2020

        Thank you for giving us these recipes.

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