Fujifilm X-T1 Agfa Optima (Provia) Film Simulation Recipe


Reeds & Mountain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1 “Agfa Optima”

The film simulation recipe in this article is my Agfa Optima recipe, which is compatible with X-Trans III & IV cameras, converted for use on my Fujifilm X-T1. While the X-T1 is an X-Trans II camera, you can also use this recipe on X-Trans I and Bayer sensor cameras. Agfa Optima is a color negative film that was around from the mid-1990’s to the mid-2000’s.

Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: -1 (Medium-Low)
Shadow: +1 (Medium-High)
Color: -2 (Low)
Sharpness: 0 (Medium)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Daylight, -3 Red & +1 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200

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


Eggs in a Bowl – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Take a Picture Pronto – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Fruity Cereal – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Stealth Mode – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1



Suburban Alleyway – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Windows & Shadows – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Pine Tree & Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Green & Fence – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Rural Metal Fence – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Marshland Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  2. jorghahn@outlook.com · May 25, 2020

    The other day I saw a side by side of two photos, one Provia and the other Classic Neg, both SOOC. To me it seems that Classic Neg is like a slightly desaturated version of Provia, and with a slightly blue-ish WB shift. Actually, it reminded me a lot of this Agfa Optima recipe.

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 25, 2020

      Classic Negative definitely has more contrast and less saturation than Provia, and with a different color shift. Classic Negative also acts different depending on how its exposed. I can see the resemblance to the Agfa Optima recipe. That’s something I might have to dig deeper into. Thank you for the comment!

  3. Trent M · June 10, 2020


    Firstly, thanks for all your amazing work on these older recipes. I will think I can speak for all X100T users when I say we are very appreciative for the effort.

    My question is regarding the available WB slots. I am running out of white balance ‘space’ and was looking to see if I could use the underwater WB preset and apply the above white balance colour shift? I understand the kelvin might be off but is there anything that can be done to compensate for this? My daylight and my custom WB are currently configured for other recipes.


    • Ritchie Roesch · June 10, 2020

      Yeah, it’s definitely an issue. I think I will have to create some recipes that use other white balance options.
      You can use the custom white balance options instead of AWB, but you have to make a new custom measurement each time the light changes. Or make a custom measurement under normal daylight conditions and use it in place of Daylight (Fujifilm calls it “Fine” on my X-T1 for some reason).

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  6. ibo · October 20

    Used “Agfa Optima” recently on my X-T1 but accidently dialed in “Velvia” instead of “Provia”. The result was a bit warmer and perfectly fitting to the current autumn colors. Like it.
    Nonetheless, I do not know if it deviates strongly from real Agfa Optima film as I never used that color negative film in the past (only Agfa B/W) but some of Kodak or Fuji.

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