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


Man in Red – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1 – “Kodacolor”

Yesterday I published my Kodachrome 64 recipe for X-Trans II cameras, such as my Fujifilm X-T1, and today I will share with you my Kodacolor recipe for X-Trans II! Because this Kodacolor recipe requires the Classic Chrome film simulation, those with X-Trans I cameras can’t use it, but those with X-Trans II or Bayer sensor cameras can. While I got the overall aesthetic pretty darn close to the original Kodacolor recipe for X-Trans III and IV, the one thing that I wish I could change is the grain. Newer Fujifilm cameras have faux grain options, but older ones don’t. If you want to mimic the grain in-camera, your best option is to use a higher ISO, such as 3200 or 6400, and let the digital noise act as faux grain. Otherwise, I’m quite pleased with how this Kodacolor film simulation recipe turned out.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +1 (Medium-High)
Shadow: +1 (Medium-High)
Color: -2 (Low)
Sharpness: 0 (Medium)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: 6300K, -3 Red & -2 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400

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


Front Runner – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Fro – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Cross at Crosswalks – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Look Both Ways – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Pipe – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Rusty Shadows – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Stop by the Rack – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Nord’s Stop – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Mall Across the Mud – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Pond Among Reeds – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Grass on the Water – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Lake Reflection – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Antelope Island Beyond Farmington Bay – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Camera Shelf – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Green is Good for My Soul – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

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  2. Michał · February 3, 2020

    It’s amazing, as well as yesterday’s “Kodachrome 64”!
    I hope this is scheduled next 😉

    Again, I absolutely love the colour of photo of the mug + old cameras. Mountain range is also wonderful.

    And by the way, your articles about monochrome inspired me and I went to the forest two days ago with my friend having one goal: set to JPG Monochrome only and find interesting shapes. It gave me much fun and some nice pictures for which I used X-T1’s Monochrome Green Filter + WB Fine (Daylight) with +5 Red, -5 Blue.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 3, 2020

      Thank you, I appreciate your feedback and kind words! There will be more X-T1 recipes coming soon. I will try those Monochrome settings, thanks for sharing!

  3. Russel · February 4, 2020

    Hi Ritchie. How do you find the XT1 ISO performance at 6400 in colour jpegs? I’m ok with high IOS in B&W.

    And another question re. handling of the XT1 buttons? Have you gone the sugru route?

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 4, 2020

      For color photography, I feel that ISO 3200 is a better place to top out on the X-T1. ISO 6400 isn’t terrible, but I don’t l like it as much as ISO 3200. If you are trying to use the noise to act as grain, ISO 6400 does a decent job of it.
      What’s the “sugru route” for button handling? I’m not familiar.

      • Russel · February 4, 2020

        Ah, it’s a type of putty people add to the buttons to give them a better feel as the XT1 buttons are meant to be quite flat

      • Ritchie Roesch · February 4, 2020

        Ok, that makes sense. They are indeed quite flat, which can be both good and bad. I’ll look into it. Thanks!

  4. Nicolas · February 5, 2020

    Hi Ritchie

    I have a general question concerning your DR settings.
    Many of your film simulations contain DR400 setting which sets the camera to a minimum of ISO 800 (even in bright sunlight)
    Would it make a huge difference in appearence if the DR setting was on “auto” or “200”?

    I’m asking this because I just shot in bright sunlight with the Kodakcolor film simulation and I had some ridiculous high shutter speeds at 5.6


    • Ritchie Roesch · February 5, 2020

      You will have to adjust the highlights down a little to compensate, but sure you can.

      • Nicolas · February 5, 2020

        You mean from -1 Highlights to -2 or to 0?


      • Ritchie Roesch · February 5, 2020

        So the DR settings change the highlights. DR200 has a curve applied that affects the highlights to prevent clipping. DR400 is even more aggressive. So if Highlight is -1 on DR400, you’d want Highlight to be -2 at DR200, and you should get similar (but not identical) results.

      • Nicolas · February 5, 2020

        Thanks for elaborating

      • Ritchie Roesch · February 5, 2020

        No problem, glad to help!

      • Nicolas · February 5, 2020

        I’m sorry I have one more question:
        How would DR auto jump in?

        What are the parameters that the camera decides whether DR200 or DR400 is being used?

        Just out of curiosity

      • Ritchie Roesch · February 5, 2020

        With auto DR, my experience is that the camera will use DR100, except in bright light situations, when it will choose DR200. If you point the camera at the sun it might choose DR400, but not often.

      • Nicolas · February 5, 2020

        Thank you 😊

  5. Mario Salinas · February 7, 2020

    Thank you Ritchie! Love this and the Kodachrome 64. I got some beautiful shots today with the Kodacolor recipe. I hope Ektar and Classic Negative are in the works. 😉

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 7, 2020

      I’m glad that you like them! Hopefully the next two will be ready soon, and more to follow after that.

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  7. Arjen · February 16, 2020

    Hi Ritchie, long time visitor and fan of your website here. Thank you for investing your time in the older sensors! I’ve been adapting your recipes to the X-Trans II sensor of my X-E2 for a while now. Some worked better than others. Now I can copy your results one on one. Going to try this recipe today 😉

    Made an account just to say this. Keep up your awesome work (for old and new sensors :))!

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 16, 2020

      Thank you! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement!

  8. Alex · February 25, 2020

    Hey Ritchie,
    Just wanted to let you know that your hard work is vastly appreciated. I’ve been using your recipes extensively on my X-E3, and now I’ll be trying them on my X-T1. One of the main reasons I’m using Fujifilm cameras is the SOOC results they give, and your work plays a big part in this. I’m glad you are devoting time and energy to utilising these non-current sensors, and your dedication to the X system benefits so many of us out there. I’m really, really liking this, as well as the Kodachrome II and the Ektachrome 100SW recipes, but of course will test all of them

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 25, 2020

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement! It’s really appreciated!

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  12. Tom · June 10, 2020

    I really love it! I am so glad I discovered your site! Recently picked up a X-T10 and have had a lot of fun playing with your recipes.

    I really would love to see a X-Trans II Version of the Kodak Ektar 100 recipe some time! Thanks for all your work!

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 10, 2020

      Thanks! I plan to create more X-Trans II recipes soon. Actually, I started up today, so maybe in a couple weeks…

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  14. Bae · December 4, 2020

    Hello from South Korea!
    There is a website named Fujipeople that Korean people using Fuji’s camera gather. They share the link of this website and once i used this recipe, my photo life completely changed.
    I just want to say that many people in South Korea love your film recipes and appreciate your work.
    I also really really love and apppreciate your work! I want there will be Android version of new app as soon as possible. I will always be a big fan of your work. Cheers!
    (I’m sorry for my english bad..)

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 6, 2020

      Hi, Bae! I appreciate this message! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! I’m working on the Android app right now. Hopefully it won’t take too long to complete. Cheers!

  15. ionutcirja · August 19, 2021

    Really love this one Ritchie! I used it for a while and it became my favourite one. I was wondering if there is any adjustment I should/can do given the fact I’m using it on a trans 4 sensor (x pro 3)?

    Regards, Ionut

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