My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodacolor II 126 Film Simulation Recipe

49822797723_42b7ab09ae_c

Blooming Pink – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodacolor II 126”

A Fuji X Weekly reader asked me to recreate the look of some old family prints from the 1970’s that he found. After some investigating, it was determined that the pictures were captured on an Instamatic camera using 126 film (also called Kodapak). 126 film was basically 35mm film, except with a paper back and no sprockets (like 120 film), and in a cartridge that didn’t need to be rewound (similar to 110 film). It was intended for low-budget point-and-shoot cameras, and the cartridge made loading and unloading film easier. Basically, Instamatic was Kodak’s attempt to open up photography to the masses, as it required little to no skill or photographic background. It was very popular in the 1960’s and ’70’s, and became less popular in the 1980’s. A quirk of Instamatic cameras and 126 film is that it captured square pictures.

It’s unknown what film was used on the pictures in question, but most likely it was Kodacolor II, which was by far the most popular color 126 film during the time that these pictures were captured. Kodacolor is a name that Kodak gave to a number of different color negative films going back to the 1940’s. Kodacolor II was the very first C-41 process film. It was introduced in 1972 and discontinued in 1981, replaced by Kodacolor VR, which is the film that my Kodacolor film simulation recipe resembles. The prints likely have some fading and color shifts due to age, but they appeared to be in good condition overall.

49827010196_567acc50fe_c

Instamatic – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodacolor II 126”

This film simulation recipe, which I’ve called Kodacolor II 126, is a bit unusual in that it is supposed to mimic a look that came from cheap cameras. It calls for Image Quality to be set to Normal instead of Fine (I normally use Fine). The only other recipe that I’ve done this with is my Kodak Elite Chrome 200 Color Fade. I keep the ISO high on this recipe to make it look more grainy. While I’ve done that with several black-and-white recipes, this is the first time I’ve done it with color. This is also the only recipe that calls for the 1:1 aspect ratio, although feel free to use 3:2 or 16:9 if you’d like. These settings pair well with vintage lenses, and if you “miss” focus a little sometimes, well, that just makes it resemble Instamatic even more.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: -1
Shadow: +3
Color: -4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -4
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Image Quality: Normal
Aspect Ratio: 1:1
White Balance: 6300K, +6 Red & +3 Blue
ISO: 3200 – 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Kodacolor II 126” film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

49827009831_a15e7d8efa_c

Polaroid Girl – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49826464188_0cb81edda3_c

Lizard, Boy & Wall – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49826464483_c8f95b6b81_c

Boy in the Alley – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49827005086_8b8694bf97_c

Two Cans – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49826476758_ac6224e28d_c

Suburban House & Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49827324507_cf114c8399_c

Suburban Trees & Distant Mountain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49827010456_ded3398919_c

Tree Top & Mountain Top – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49823328906_ab630003ed_c

Suburban April  – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49822797703_81ab4cd6fc_c

Robot in the Window – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49827325207_d3b6531bb6_c

Heart & Soul – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49827324832_b2b25f3460_c

Wreath & Flowers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49826476583_c07a6e6dd4_c

White Paper – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49826998136_f03d029b09_c

Bowl on a Trike – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49826464618_cc4aa2a322_c

Hose & Elephant – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49823647997_87d0d1f9a1_c

Concrete Path – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49823328946_b8b79c8382_c

Little Colorful Chair – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49827311787_d8f53bb45d_c

Summer Chair – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

49822797708_686b8a52cb_c

Day Dreaming – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

Help Fuji X Weekly

Nobody pays me to write the content found on fujixweekly.com. There's a real cost to operating and maintaining this site, not to mention all the time that I pour into it. If you appreciated this article, please consider making a one-time gift contribution. Thank you!

$2.00

 

6 comments

  1. Mauricio · April 28

    What about a recipe of Saul Leiter’s color work? I have read he liked to use Kodachrome, of which you have plenty of recipes, but he used expired film. Would a change in WB and shadows be enough for it?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. walker · April 30

    20 exposures, those lovely times…

    Like

  3. Pingback: Film Simulation Recipe Compatibility: X-Trans IV | Fuji X Weekly
  4. Pingback: Once school starts. Photographs from the campsite. – Chris McPhee

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s