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

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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!

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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.

Eterna
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:

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Blue Bokeh – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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

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Yellow Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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

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

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

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Reserved Parking – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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

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Three Ducks – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Pond – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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

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

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

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Sky Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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

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Chopped Logs – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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

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

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Sunglasses Indoors – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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

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

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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32 comments

  1. Nabeela · May 11

    Are you from farmington???

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  2. mindartcreativity · May 11

    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

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

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  4. alexander · May 11

    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

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

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      • Connor Lengkeek · 2 Days Ago

        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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  5. Dia eldin Khalil · May 14

    My favorite one , thanks Ritchie

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  6. Jacob van der Sloot · May 15

    Probably my favourite yet, nice work!

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  7. Janez - Янез · July 12

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

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    • Ritchie Roesch · July 15

      Thanks so much!

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      • Janez · July 15

        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

        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).

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      • Janez · July 15

        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

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

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      • Janez · July 15

        Ok, I will do.

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  8. janez014 · July 24

    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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  9. janez014 · July 24

    Sent.

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