My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodak Vision3 250D Film Simulation Recipe


Ice Cream Trailer – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodak Vision3 250D”

A Fuji X Weekly reader asked me to create a film simulation recipe that mimics Kodak Vision3 250D motion picture film. Kodak introduced Vision3 250D in 2009. While it’s a color negative motion picture film, it can also be used for still photography. I’ve never used this film, but as I researched it, I came to realize that this one film can produce many different looks, depending on how it’s shot and developed. In fact, you can develop it using either the C-41 or ECN-2 process, and you can even develop it as black-and-white. You can push-process several stops. There’s a lot of latitude for over and under exposure.

As you can imagine, it would be impossible to create a film simulation recipe that mimics every possible look from this film, or even most. I focused in on one specific aesthetic, although I can’t say for sure how that aesthetic was achieved, and made a recipe that mimics it. I think I came pretty darn close. Perhaps more importantly, these settings look good. There’s a certain quality to the pictures made using this recipe that’s especially lovely. Some of you are really going to love these settings!


Flowers on a Tree Branch – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodak Vision3 250D”

Since Kodak Vision3 250D is a motion picture film, I had fun using this film simulation recipe in the 16:9 aspect ratio from time-to-time because it is a more cinematic shape. If you used the film for still photography, most likely the frame would be a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is what I chose for most of these pictures. You can choose any aspect ratio that you’d like. If you have an X-H1, which doesn’t have Color Chrome Effect but does have Eterna, you can still use this recipe, but the results will be slightly different.

Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +3
Shadow: +4
Color: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -2
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Fluorescent 1 (Daylight Fluorescent), -3 Red & -1 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Below are all camera-made JPEGs captured using this Kodak Vision3 250D Film Simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30 camera:


Blue Bokeh – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Nighttime Fire Hydrant – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Yellow Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Lights Strung Across The Road – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Forever the Perfect Accessory – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Artificial Light Rays – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Reserved Parking – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Grass by a Waterfall – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Three Ducks – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Pond – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Tree & Purple Flowers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Green Leaves & White Blooms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Webs in the Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Sky Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Clouds & Roof – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Chopped Logs – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Fake Flower Decor – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Shy & Uninterested – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Sunglasses Indoors – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Boy in Evening Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Beans in the Grinder – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. Nabeela · May 11, 2020

    Are you from farmington???


  2. mindartcreativity · May 11, 2020

    You made it! You made my favorite film look into a film simulation recipe. Awesome! I tried these settings in X Raw Studio against a Lightroom preset and… it’s a perfect match! I also saved it to my X-H1. I especially love how the shadows look faded out of camera, because of Eterna. Well done!

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  3. antonio Brandão · May 11, 2020

    uau, beautiful, for me this is your best film simulation (copy?) so far

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  4. alexander · May 11, 2020

    Looks nice! Is it possible to get close to it with ProNeg.Std for Xtrans III that hasn’t Eterna?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 11, 2020

      I’ll take a look at that. It might be possible.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Connor Lengkeek · October 17, 2020

        I would love a cinematic film like this or cinestill 50d for trans iii. I compared superia 800 recipe photos with photos I took on cinestill 50d film and they were similar but cinestill was less green and a bit more yellow. I haven’t figured out the white balance shift yet though

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      • Ritchie Roesch · October 21

        I’ve tried CineStill 50D, but didn’t give it a good try, so it’s on my to-do list (which has grown surprisingly lengthy). Thanks for the suggestion!


  5. Dia eldin Khalil · May 14, 2020

    My favorite one , thanks Ritchie

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  6. Jacob van der Sloot · May 15, 2020

    Probably my favourite yet, nice work!

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  7. Janez - Янез · July 12, 2020

    Ritchie, thanks a lot for your recipes, I really like them. Greetings from Moscow, Russia.


    • Ritchie Roesch · July 15, 2020

      Thanks so much!


      • Janez · July 15, 2020

        Ritchie, will you update in the future the recipe for Kodak Vision3 250D also for your X100V, or this one should be universal? Thx.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · July 15, 2020

        This one will work on the X100V, but you’ll have to decide whether Grain should be Small or Large (I’d probably pick small).


      • Janez · July 15, 2020

        Thx Ritchie. I picked up a roll of Kodak Vision3 film yesterday. Planning to do shooting on the weekend, film camera with 35 Summilux and parallel with X100V and your recipe. If interesting, I can report what came out after film developing and scanning.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · July 15, 2020

        Yeah, I would love to see that. That sounds fascinating!


      • Janez · July 15, 2020

        Ok, I will do.

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  8. janez014 · July 24, 2020

    Ritchie, my Vision3 250D film is developed. I can send you some comparison shots with X100V (your Vision3 250D) film simulation via WeTransfer if you want, just need your mail. The simulation is damn close to film. J.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · July 24, 2020

      I would love to see it! My email address is


      • janez014 · July 24, 2020

        Ok, i’ll prepare and send now.


    • Don72 · September 5, 2020

      Hey there Janez! I would very much love to see the results of your comparison. If I sent you an email would you be willing to share it?


  9. janez014 · July 24, 2020



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  12. Carlos · January 10

    Still understanding white balance. Why did you decide to go with fluorescent 1?
    What’s the difference between it and say Kelvin?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · January 10

      You can use Kelvin, although (on cameras prior to the X-Pro3) Fujifilm “blocks out” the specific Kelvin options that are used by other White Balance settings, so you cannot select Fluorescent 1 in Kelvin, but you can go plus or minus 100K from it (I hope this makes sense). By using Fluorescent 1 instead of Kelvin, cameras like my X-T30 will remember the shift as long as it’s the only recipe using this White Balance. So I can have a recipe with Fluorescent 1, one with Kelvin, one with Auto, one with Daylight, etc., and I don’t have to remember to reprogram the WB Shift when changing between Custom Presets.


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  15. Khürt Williams · March 26

    Hi Ritchie,

    Last year, while I was experimenting with various, 35 film stocks (Ektachrome, Portra, etc.) in my Minolta X-700, I discovered the work of other film photographers using Kodak Vision3 250D. I fell in love with the look of the images. From what I saw, Kodak Vision3 250D seemed to have a more “vintage film look” than the other films stock that I was shooting with. My desire to shoot this film was fuelled by the work of Alex Kunz, Carlos Garcia.

    I purchased a few rolls of Kodak Vision3 250D from the Film Photography Project. As soon as I finish the roll of FPP Svema Foro 200 in my Minolta XD-11, I plan on shooting those rolls of Kodak Vision3 250D.

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  20. suerteloca · August 31

    Just discovered this sim. It’s my favorite so far, and I’ve tried 100s. Nice job, thanks very much for it.

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  21. Daniel · September 6

    Hi Ritchie, is there anything you would change when using this simulation on the X100V or X-S10 (I have both)? Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 6

      Maybe consider Clarity set to -2? That’s not really necessary, but might look nice. I would choose Grain size Small.


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