My Fujifilm X-T30 Monochrome Kodachrome Film Simulation Recipe


Light on the Wall – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Monochrome Kodachrome”

Kodachrome was a black-and-white film. No, really, it was! The color dyes were actually added during development. The process to develop Kodachrome color transparencies was complex and toxic. As demand for the film decreased and Kodak experienced financial troubles, both the film and the chemicals to develop it were discontinued. If you still have some undeveloped Kodachrome film sitting around, there’s absolutely no place in the world that can process it; that is, except as black-and-white negatives. It’s true: Kodachrome can be developed to this day as a black-and-white film!

While I think that this recipe does more-or-less mimic the look of Kodachrome developed as black-and-white, that’s not necessarily the intent of it. This recipe began as an experiment by Fuji X Weekly reader Thomas Schwab, who created the Urban Vintage Chrome recipe. He took my Vintage Kodachrome recipe and replaced the Classic Chrome film simulation with Acros, Monochrome and Sepia, and the results were quite interesting! I made a couple of minor adjustments to create this recipe. This is definitely a joint effort, and it wouldn’t exist without Thomas Schwab’s experiments and willingness to share the results. Thank you!


Window & Blinds – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Monochrome Kodachrome”

What I like about this Monochrome Kodachrome film simulation recipe is that it has a great film-like quality to it. This recipe pairs especially well with vintage lenses (I used an Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm for about half of these pictures). Even though it says “Fujifilm X-T30” in the title, it can be used on any X-Trans III & IV camera. You can also use this same recipe with the Monocrome+R film simulation, for a slightly different result.

Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +4
Shadow: -2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +1
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Off
Toning: 0
White Balance: AWB, 0 Red & +9 Blue
ISO: Auto, ISO 3200 to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Monochrome Kodachrome film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:


Roman – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Cleaning Cart – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Fake Potted Plant – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Tree Shadow on a Brick Wall – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Small Bridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Rural Road – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Monochrome Mountain Landscape – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


B&W Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Tennis Swing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Engaged In Television – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Little Jo – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Hand Washing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Faceless – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Muffins – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Pronto! – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Daylight Balanced – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. Patryk Stanisz Photography · March 16, 2020

    Amazing photos and B&W tones! Love it!

  2. Jimmy · April 25, 2020

    Hi, it will work for bayer sensor? And could you create acros recipe with fujifilm monochrome? please.

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 25, 2020

      This won’t exactly work on Bayer sensor cameras. You can try to get as close as you can, but it’s just not compatible. Acros would be hard to emulate because it’s programmed to change with the ISO, and it has a different sharpness. It’s a different beast altogether from Monochrome. But I have discovered that I really like the Monochrome film simulation, and I’m using it more and more lately.

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  5. Stephen Butler · June 8, 2020

    I’ve only just found your site today, i’m kicking myself for that, but I have a quick question regarding WB settings.

    With multiple recipes saved, there are a few different Auto and Daylight settings required. How do you set those so they will be applied to each correctly?

    For instance with Auto, this recipe requires 0 Red & +9 Blue, whereas another may have +2 Red & -5 Blue. How would you set this up? Apologies if this is super obvious.

  6. Hyep · July 2, 2020

    B&W shoot, then how the shift in AWB work? I wonder the difference between R 0 B +9 and R 0 B 0?

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 15, 2020

      It won’t be a huge difference, but it will render grey tones just a bit differently.

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  15. Toby G · May 29, 2022

    Thanks foor the post

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