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


Rural Grass – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

One of my favorite film simulation recipes, and one of the most popular, if not the most popular, on Fuji X Weekly, is my Kodachrome II recipe. This version of that recipe is adapted for Fujifilm X-Trans II cameras, such as my X-T1. It will work on all cameras with an X-Trans II sensor, plus Bayer sensor cameras, such as the XF10, X-T100 and X-A7. Because it requires the Classic Chrome film simulation, it is not compatible with X-Trans I cameras, or the original X100.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +2 (High)
Shadow: +1 (Medium-High)
Color: -1 (Medium-Low)
Sharpness: 0 (Medium)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Auto, +1 Red & -2 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 3200

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured on my Fujifilm X-T1 using this Kodachrome II film simulation recipe:


The Wetlands of Farmington Bay – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Pallet Dump – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Old Wood – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


February Thistles – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Francis Peak in February – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Succulents – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Bright Apple – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Kodak Film Canisters – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Bolsey on the Camera Shelf – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Longing For Another World – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

See also:
Fujifilm X-T1 Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe
Fujifilm X-T1 Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe
Fujifilm X-T1 Ektachrome 100SW Film Simulation Recipe
First Fujifilm X-T1 Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. heyartze · February 12, 2020

    excellent work! thank you. would you recommend using auto dynamic range in a XF10?

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 12, 2020

      For this recipe, I would stick with DR200 on the XF10.

  2. walker · February 14, 2020

    Just out of curiosity are you still shooting film? Every once in awhile I see some roll here and there in your pics.
    I stopped shooting it last year and I miss it a lot, nothing can beat that vibe.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 16, 2020

      I haven’t shot a roll in a year, but every now and then I like to shoot film. Wish it wasn’t so expensive, and or that I had my own lab….

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  4. Long · March 8, 2020

    Can u explain whats different between this recipe and The Kodachrome 64 recipe for X-T1? Tks so much!

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 8, 2020

      The difference between the X-Pro2 Kodachrome II recipe and the X-T1 Kodachrome II recipe is that the X-Pro2 recipe can be used on all X-Trans III & IV cameras, while the X-T1 recipe can be used on X-Trans II cameras. Fujifilm changed some of the settings and features between sensors, which means that recipes aren’t compatible with every sensor.

      • Long · March 9, 2020

        Tks for your reply.
        But my question is what’s different between Kodachrome II recipe and Kodachrome 64 recipe, all for Fujifilm X-T1. Thank you!

      • Ritchie Roesch · March 9, 2020

        I’m sorry, I misunderstood. The Kodachrome II recipe is supposed to mimic Kodachrome-X, which was the version of the film in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. The Kodachrome 64 recipe is meant to mimic the last version of the film, think 1980’s and ‘90’s. The settings are similar, but a little different.

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  8. Alonso Henríquez · July 12, 2020

    Hello again Ritchie, I did not realize that there was already a recipe for you from Kodachrome II for those of us who own cameras with the X-Trans II sensor. Everything is very clear to me, except with exposure compensation. In what value do you recommend leaving it in the case of my X100T? A million thanks for your patience!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 15, 2020

      I always look at each picture individually, but generally speaking +1/3 to +2/3 works well.

  9. Michael Farrow · July 26, 2020

    Hi Ritchie,
    Do you normally shoot in auto ISO as it adds to the look, or is that just a guideline to shoot within even in full manual?
    Thanks for these can’t wait to try them on a used x100T I just bought.

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 26, 2020

      I typically shoot in auto ISO because I’m lazy. For manual ISO, think of it as more the parameters to stay within. In other words, I wouldn’t go any higher than ISO 3200.

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  14. sirmarlondenon · March 8, 2021

    Hi Ritchie,
    Is there chance a Kodachrome II Simulation for the X-T4?
    Maybe I’m overlooking it, but I can seem to find it if so.
    Thanks Ritchie!

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 15, 2021

      You can use the X-Trans III Kodachrome II recipe on X-Trans IV, but, you are right, I do need to adapt it using the new JPEG tools. It’s in much need of a revamp. Thank you!

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  17. Miguel Tejada-Flores · July 13, 2021

    I hope this question isn’t too dumb, Ritchie, but I’m trying to implement this Kodachrome II recipe on my X30 (which, I believe, has the X-Trans II innards). I find myself able to implement/input all of the settings you suggest except one: for ‘White Balance’, the camera lets me select Auto – and as a sub-heading, indicates R: 0 and B: 0. But I can’t see or find any way in which it (the X30 menu system) allows me to alter the settings for R (red) or B (blue).

    Any suggestions how to set the Red and Blue values here?

    Muchas gracias, maestro!

  18. Miguel Tejada-Flores · July 13, 2021

    Aaahhhhaaaa! Thanks for the quick and illuminating answer, Ritchie.
    I discovered my problem – or rather, the quirk.
    In the normal White Balance Menu, arrowing over to the right opens the WB shift menu and I can set the values.
    But what I had been doing – was adjust these settings under the “EDIT/SAVE CUSTOM SETTING” Menu – which allows to you select or change literally all the other variable – but de-activates any fine-tuning of the WB selection.
    Live and learn (and I am definitely learning, in this process).
    Thanks again!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 14, 2021

      Yes, you can’t do it in the Edit/Save Custom Settings menu, except for on X-Pro3 and newer cameras. Glad that you figured it out!

  19. Lars · February 10, 2022

    Hi Ritchie, I really love your Kodachrome II Recipe for X-trans II, use it on mx X100T. It’s become my go to film simulation. I consider buying a X-T3. How do the Kodachrome II recipes compare, do I get pretty much the same look? If not I really think about buying a X-T1 as it has the X-Trans II sensor. Thanks a lot for a feedback and keep up the great work 👍🏻

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 13, 2022

      It looks very similar, but not 100% identical. If you want to keep the exact same aesthetic, the X-T1 might be your best bet.

      • Lars · February 13, 2022

        Okay. Thank you. The only thing I do miss on X-Trans II cameras is Acros. Tough decision 🤔

      • Ritchie Roesch · February 14, 2022

        Acros is wonderful, but Monochrome isn’t bad, either. I personally love Eterna and (especially) Classic Negative–Pro Neg Std is close-enough to Eterna that you can use it and still get a roughly Eterna look, but there’s no alternative to Classic Negative.

  20. calonsuamibarumu · January 5

    Very great

  21. Pablo · April 19

    Hi Ritchie, wonderful work. I’m new with theses recipes and I would like to know if there any recipe for x-trans II sensor similar to nostalgic negative.
    I would like to suggest some option in your app to find recipes for sensor type.

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