My Fujifilm X-T1 (X-Trans II) Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe


Sun Roof – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1 – “Kodachrome 64”

One of my favorite film simulation recipes is Kodachrome 64. It’s also one of the most popular recipes on Fuji X Weekly. Those with X-Trans III and IV cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-T30 that I created it on, have been enjoying it since August, but those with X-Trans II cameras—X-T1, X-T10, X-E2, X-E2s, X100T, and X70—have been left out of the fun. Those with Bayer sensor cameras, such as the X-T100, XF10, X-A7, etc., have been out of luck, too. That all changes, starting now. I have cracked the code, and created a Kodachrome 64 recipe for my X-Trans II camera! Unfortunately, it won’t work on the X100, X100S, X-E1 or X-Pro1 because it requires the Classic Chrome film simulation, which those cameras don’t have. But those who own a Fujifilm X-Trans II or Bayer camera, which do have Classic Chrome, I’m sure will appreciate this Kodachrome 64 recipe.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +2 (High)
Shadow: +1 (Medium-High)
Color: 0 (Medium)
Sharpness: 0 (Medium)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Daylight, 0 Red & -3 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Kodachrome 64 recipe on my Fujifilm X-T1:


Watered Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Reflection in the Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Reed Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Reeds In Water – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Sisters on a Bridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Red Mustang – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Wrangler – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Parking Lot Sunset – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


January Evening Hill – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Rooftop Birds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Suburban Silver Lining – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Coffee Cup – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Prerequisite – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Yellow Pillows – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Smiling Jon – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

See also: First three Fujifilm X-T1 Film Simulation Recipes

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  2. clément · February 3, 2020

    Ritchie you are the best ! Thanks !!! Can’t wait to try this one ! 🙂

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 3, 2020

      You are welcome!

      • clément · February 3, 2020

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 3, 2020

        It would be more helpful if they gave some of the details. It was still interesting to see. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. tonyyphoto · March 24, 2020

    Hi, Ritchie,
    Is it possible to replicate classic chrome on an x-trans I sensor? I’ve looked through your site but haven’t found anything. Thanks for the help! I’m using an x-e1.

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 24, 2020

      I would start with Astia. Color -2, Shadow & Highlight +1, and white balance shift +2R & -1B. That should get you close.

      • tonyyphoto · March 24, 2020

        Thanks so much!

  7. Jörg · March 27, 2020

    Hi Ritchie, I only came across these X-Trans II recipes recently. Actually, I had always been hoping that you would come up one day also with some Kodachrome recipes for the older Fujifilm cameras. So thank you very much for this!

    Maybe you can just help me out with one technical doubt I have. In another thread you once told me that the DR200 or even DR400 setting serves to lower the contrast which I guess you need to achieve this specific film look but then I see that you increase the Highlight and Shadow values which have the opposite effect, i.e. increase the contrast. Could maybe briefly explain how these settings work together? Do they neutralize each other or does one override the other? I never really understood this.

    Thank you so much and please keep on creating!

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 29, 2020

      The DR settings reduce the highlights. Essentially it underexposes the picture, and lifts shadows and midtones while keeping highlights in check. It prevents clipped highlights, but in doing so reduces contrast. The Highlight and Shadow adjustments determine the curve. They work hand-in-hand, in my experience, and one doesn’t necessarily replace the other, although you might get similar results in some situations; for example -1 Highlight and DR100 instead of of +1 Highlight and DR200. I hope this helps!

      • Jörg · March 29, 2020

        Thank you, Ritchie! I think I understand from a technical but not yet from a film look point of view. Are you saying that for example in your Kodachrome 64 recipe it would be more or less equivalent to set DR to 100% and leave highlights and shafows at zero or negative values instead? I guess my confusion comes from that one setting (DR400%) decreases contrast whilst the tone curve (highlights, shadows) is set to increase contrast.

        Thank you so much for taking the time to explain! Stay safe!

      • Ritchie Roesch · March 29, 2020

        I think the way to think about it is this: Dynamic Range settings are to prevent clipped highlights by maximizing the dynamic range of the sensor, while Highlight and Shadow sets the curve, which determines the contrast. But there is some overlap between the two settings, and to a degree you can adjust one instead of the other and get similar results.

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  9. Jörg · March 29, 2020

    Ok, that makes sense. Thank you once again!

  10. Mat · May 24, 2020

    My XE2 doesn’t have a Daylight setting for white balance. Should I apply the minus 3 blue to Auto?

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 24, 2020

      It does have it, but Fujifilm names it something different (I forget what off the top of my head). Look for the sun symbol. That’s daylight.

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  12. Uwe Roeder · August 2, 2020

    it is quite gorgeous

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  14. Array · October 11, 2020

    Could we use Kodachrome 64 as a starting point for Kodachrome 25? If so, what adjustments would be required?
    I and my XF-10 thank you very much.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 14, 2020

      I think Highlight +1, Shadow 0, Color -1, Sharpness +1, ISO 800, should get you in the ballpark. I haven’t tried it myself, though.

      • Dan · October 19, 2020

        Thanks. To be clear on this. You’re saying to modify the K64 recipe as above but otherwise leave adjustments like white balance as in K64 recipe.

      • Ritchie Roesch · October 21, 2020

        Yes. I haven’t tried it myself, but it should get you in the ballpark, I think.

  15. Michel · October 21, 2020

    Hi Ritschie, thanks a lot for the recipe!! Those phito look great. I am new to Fuji, just got a 2nd hand x100t, love it. Small, compact, great images and carry everywhere. Wonderful.

    I have a (maybe silly) question, the „White Balance: Daylight, 0 Red & -3 Blue“ is it in the WB menue the ‚sun‘ sign? Sorry guys don‘t laugh 🙂 I feel embaraced….otherwise I need to get my Nikon FE a roll of film and hit the streets 🙂

    Cheers from Switzerland

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 22, 2020

      Fujifilm calls “Daylight” WB “Fine” WB for some reason (translation issues?) on the older models. It is indeed the Sun sign.

  16. Michel · October 21, 2020

    Actually I just read the sane question from another comment. Sorry about that. Thanks nonetheless. Great webpage man!

  17. Michel · October 22, 2020

    Ritchie, thanks for coming back. Very much appreciated!
    One more thing, do I understand it correctly that those recipe‘s with auto WB in it are more for an everyday use than the others.
    I.e. the kodakchrome 64 with its ‚daylight‘ wb setting, how does it react to cloudy overcast weather. Would you only use it in bright daylight ir does it work in other light situation too. Could it be a go to recipe? What is your fav go to recipe of yours? Maybe talking x trans II as I own a x100t.
    Sorry if my question is silly, new to the game.
    Thabks a lot an cheers from Switzerland

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      It’s a great question. With film, the “WB” is set (usually daylight, sometimes Tungsten). I would carry warming and cooling filters to change the WB (didn’t call it “white balance” though). AWB takes care of that, but using Daylight makes it more accurate to the film. Feel free to use AWB if you’d prefer.

      • Michel · October 25, 2020

        Thanks a lot Ritchie for your feedback. I‘ll certainly stick to your recipe 👍🏻.
        When the whole pandemic thing is over, (unfortunately we get hit pretty hard with a 2nd wave, another lockdown is certain) you should take a trip to Switzerland! 😎

      • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

        I would love to! What an amazing trip that would be!

  18. Michel · October 26, 2020

    Just shot some pictures with your recipes on my son b‘day yesrerday, even though inside but still with some natural light hutting the room, they looked great man! Love that ‚old‘ look on them. I fid some im CC with all settings to zero an awb, some with your koda64 and kodacolor. Woow the kodacolor really looked great. There were red walls in that place we celebrated, that really kooked great with that recipe!
    Something I cannot figure out on my x100t, there is that sinulation bracketing….is it not possible to add the custom settings into the bracketing? Can you only chose the fixed set simulations? If so, too bad really. 🙁
    Cheers again and sorry to keep you busy 🙂
    Take care

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 26, 2020

      I’m glad that you like the recipes!

      Unfortunately, you cannot film simulation bracket the recipes. Fujifilm should absolutely allow it. Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard for them to program.

      Thank you for the comment!

  19. balazspivarnyik · January 1, 2021

    I really appreciate your work with these Fujifilm recipes. As an X100T user I am especially grateful for your effort to create recipes for the previous generation cameras.

    I’ve noticed that the x-trans II Kodachrome recipies have noticeably more contrast than the ones that you created with the X-T30. Tones and contrast are rendered somewhat differently in the X-T30 versions. Is it the apparent difference between the newer and older sensors, the upgraded firmware in the newer cameras that enable more subtle adjustments or just the fact that these recipes were created with daylight and clear skies in mind? I’ve recently got not so pleasing results on an overcast winter day, while the photos I took in August using both Kodachrome 64 and II are among my favourites of last year.

    I know all these settings in conjunction create these unique film simulations, if you offset either highlight or shadow tone, it will change the overall look dramatically. Still, I’m curious if there is a way to make these x-trans II Kodachrome recipes less contrasty while retaining the overall tonal characteristics. Or maybe I just have to accept the fact the X100T sensor and the firmware have their limitations and I should probably settle for another recipe on overcast days with ugly winter lights. If so, which one would you recommend?

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2021

      X-Trans II is significantly different than X-Trans III & IV in how pictures are rendered. If you capture a picture at defaults with the X-T1 (for example) and use the same defaults on the X-T30, everything being equal, the two pictures will look different. I much prefer the new features and controls that Fujifilm has given, but there’s something special and unique in how X-Trans II captures pictures. It’s really impossible to make it look exactly the same, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the X-Trans II version is inferior; in some cases, I actually prefer the X-Trans II version over those from newer sensor cameras. I hope this answers your question. Thanks for the comment!

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  25. Drexelle Bulda · April 26

    May I ask what exposure compensation typically you use on this film sim?

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 26

      Typically +1/3 to +2/3, but each image should be judged individually.

  26. Diego · April 28

    Hola buenas, tengo una fujifilm x20 y no cuento con la película Classic Chrome, es normal????

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 29

      La Fujifilm X20 no tiene Classic Chrome, pero la X30 sí.

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