New Film Simulation Coming: Bleach Bypass

According to Fujirumors, the upcoming Fujifilm X-T4 will come with a brand new film simulation: Bleach Bypass. What’s bleach bypass? It’s a darkroom technique where you skip or limit the bleach during the development of color film, which retains the silver in the film. What you end up with is a high-contrast, low-saturated image that might appear as though someone combined a color and black-and-white image. Think Classic Chrome, but with more contrast and less saturation, and a silvery appearance. I think this new film simulation will be an excellent addition!

Will Fujifilm make the new Bleach Bypass film simulation available to other cameras via a firmware update? Maybe the X-Trans IV models, not likely any other. Fujifilm has yet to add Classic Negative to the X-T3 or X-T30, and maybe they never will. I’m hopeful that after the release of the X-T4, Fujifilm will add both of these new film simulations to the “older” X-Trans IV models, but that might be nothing more than wishful thinking. I will tell you this: it’s hard not to be envious! I’m really looking forward to one day trying both of them and creating new film simulation recipes. I just hope that day comes sooner than later.


  1. Miroslav P · February 18, 2020

    I also hope to get the new simulations on X-T3/0, and if not I will wait for you to recreate them 😉
    Any way X-T3/0 are great cameras and the features they have are more than enough for me.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 19, 2020

      Yes, the X-T3 and X-T30 are awesome cameras, even if they never get the new film simulations. Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Khürt Williams · February 19, 2020

    This is all pretty exciting.

  3. Jeff Davies · February 20, 2020

    And there are enough presets/filters to be had in Exposure & LR to keep me at least going for years.
    Great site by the way.
    I’m a wedding tog in The Blue Mountains in Oz.

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