My Fujifilm X-T30 Classic Slide Film Simulation Recipe


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Winter Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Classic Slide”

A lot of my film simulation recipes lean towards a warm cast. In the film days, many different films, especially those by Kodak, tended to lean warm. I often used a warming filter for my landscape photography, which made an even more pronounced color cast. This was all very common and normal. But not all films were balanced that way, not even all of Kodak’s. Since films have a specific Kelvin temperature (often “daylight balanced”), the light conditions could create a cool cast even on a warm-toned film. I decided that I needed another film simulation option with a cool color cast, because film isn’t always warm, and sometimes the scene demands something that’s cool.

I call this film simulation recipe “Classic Slide” because it has a slide-film aesthetic, in my opinion. I didn’t go about trying to mimic the look of any specific film. I think it’s in the neighborhood of Ektachrome 100G, or Elite Chrome 100, or Provia 100F and 400X, although it’s not an exact match to any of those films. It’s probably a bit closer to Provia than Ektachrome. It has a general color reversal film look, without matching any one in particular.

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Indoor Green – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Classic Slide”

To create this film simulation recipe I began with my Kodachrome 64 recipe. You might notice many similarities. In fact, the white balance shift is the biggest change. I adjusted Sharpness down one notch just because Kodachrome was known as a “sharp” film, and this isn’t Kodachrome, but, in reality, the difference between +1 and +2 is tiny. I also set Color Chrome Effect to Off, which makes it completely compatible with all X-Trans III & IV cameras.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +1
Shadow: +2
Color: 0
Sharpening: +1
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Off
White Balance: Daylight, -2 Red & +3 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

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

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Yellow Couch – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Chair & Blue Pillow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Green Leaves Indoors – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Dresser Decor – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Laying in the Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Blinded by the Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Duck out of Water – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Crossing Flags – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Remaining Relic in Disrepair II – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Francis Peak in Evening Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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7 comments

  1. Michał · March 22

    Really nice, as usual!
    Looks like Classic Chrome is perfect basis for many awesome effects.
    Though for the past couple of days I’ve been playing around with Pro Neg Hi.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 22

      I love Classic Chrome. Interestingly enough, I have a new Pro Neg Hi recipe coming very soon.

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  2. Khürt Williams · March 29

    Hi Ritchie, you may want to start organising your film simulation recipes by the starting base film simulation. You have quite a few ACROS and Classic Chrome-based recipes.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 29

      I really do need to organize the film simulation recipes better, especially now that there are so many. Having them all on one page is a bit overwhelming. It’s on my to-do list, but it will be a big task, no doubt.

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  3. Jorge Goncalves · May 21

    Hi Ritchie, first of all thank you very much for sharing your lovely recipes. Just a quick question I have an XT2, some settings require to set the classic chrome effect to weak, which I think is not possible to do on the Xt2, do you reckon that your recipes would work even without that option, for instance, the Kodachrome II?

    Again thank you so much for sharing those recipes your blog is the best thing I found lately, you have another follower! Keep the good work, cheers from Portugal

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 21

      Those recipes that require the Color Chrome Effect will still work, but the results will be slightly different. It’s not a big difference, though, so don’t be afraid to try it and see what you think.

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