My Fujifilm X100V Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe


Evening at a Pond – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V “Kodachrome 64”

The Fujifilm X100V has some new features, including Clarity and Color Chrome Effect Blue, that my X-T30 doesn’t have, despite sharing the same sensor. The more JPEG options that I have, the more accurately I can create in-camera looks. My hope is to revisit some of my film simulation recipes, and create what I hope are more accurate versions using the new features. The first one that I revamped is my Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe.

Many people love my Kodachrome 64 recipe, but not everyone. The biggest complaint that I’ve heard about it is that the reds aren’t vibrant enough. I don’t disagree with that, but there are always compromises when recreating looks in-camera because the tools available to me are limited. Of course, what Kodachrome 64 looks like depends on how you’re viewing it, whether projector, light table, scan, print, and how so. You can find some vastly different looking pictures that were captured on Kodachrome 64. For this revamped recipe, I spent some time studying the Kodachrome slides that I captured many years ago.


Red Lights & Rain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V “Kodachrome 64”

While I feel that this is an improved Kodachrome 64 recipe, it’s still not perfect. Those who disliked how reds were rendered on the old recipe will certainly like this one better, but is it 100% exactly like the film? No. I think +2 Color might be too much, but +1 Color doesn’t render reds and yellows vibrant enough. If you prefer +1 Color, feel free to do that instead. There’s a little less contrast with this new version. Both of the Color Chrome Effects, the lower Dynamic Range setting, and Clarity add contrast, so I changed Highlight and Shadow to compensate. The X-T4 has .5 Highlight and Shadow adjustments, and I would set Shadow to +0.5 if I were using these settings on that camera (I hope that Fujifilm updates the X100V and X-Pro3 to allow this, too). I think it would be acceptable to use +1 Shadow, but I felt that was a tad too much, so I set it to 0. Despite not being perfect, I do feel that this version is a little more accurate to actual Kodachrome 64 film.

If you have an X100V, X-Pro3 or X-T4, I invite you to try this new-and-improved Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe. Be sure to let me know what you think! Here are a couple pictures comparing the two versions of this recipes:


Original Kodachrome 64 recipe.


New Kodachrome 64 Recipe.


Original Kodachrome 64 recipe.


New Kodachrome 64 recipe.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: 0
Shadow: 0
Color: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +1
Clarity: +3
Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: Daylight, +2 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this new Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:


White Horse by a Stream – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Horses in the Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Curious Horse – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Country Tires – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Yellow Flowers, Blue Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Wishful Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Beer & Board – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Road Bicycling – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


All the World’s a Sunny Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Orders & Pickup – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Red, White & Blue Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Flag Up Close – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Reeds by the Water – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Evening Reeds – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Landscape Flowers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Handlebar – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Kodak Colors – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Half of an Orange – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Ground Beans – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Pallets – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X100V


IHOP – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Cupcake – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Sitting on Concrete – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V


Spring Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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  1. Khürt Williams · May 28

    Excellent work Ritchie. Now, I want an upgrade. 😃

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 28

      Thank you! It’s a fun camera. It feels like an “upgrade” (even to the X-T30) with all of the new features.


  2. Thomas Schwab · May 28

    Hallo Ritchie, das sind wirklich tolle Ergebnisse, die mit dem Update erreicht wurden. Ich werde mein Q Menü gleich entsprechend ändern.
    Es bleibt auch meine Hoffnung die halben Schritte zu erhalten. Bis dahin werde ich wohl die Schatten auf +1 setzen. Auf die folgenden updates der populärsten Rezepte bin ich schon gespannt. Vielen Dank für Deine Arbeit!
    LG Thomas

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 29

      Ich bin froh, dass du es magst! Ich freue mich über das Feedback. Vielen Dank! Ich freue mich darauf, mehr zu schaffen.


    • dennytestnutzer · 26 Days Ago

      Danke Ritchie für dein Engagement! Ich habe viel Spaß deine Rezepte auszuprobieren! Mach bitte weiter so. 😊👍🏻

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ritchie Roesch · 25 Days Ago

        Danke für die Bewertung! Ich schätze Ihre Ermutigung!


  3. ferdiyan · May 29

    Hi Ritchie, thanks for the recipe update! Will definitely try this during my photo walk tomorrow. I just took some test shots around the house, the chrome and clarity settings do add some processing time. I wonder if changing to a a faster SD card will help.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 29

      A faster card might help a little, but I think Clarity just slows the camera down. Shooting real Kodachrome was never a quick experience, so maybe it adds to the experience?


      • Ferdiyan Eka Surya · 25 Days Ago

        Hi Ritchie,
        Yes, it does made me pause to think about my next shot rather than just pressing the shutter to do burst mode.

        I have a question on the white balance of your recipe (not only for this one), do i have to change the wb settings to tungsten rather than daylight if (for example) i am shutting indoors with tungsten lighting? Or i should just leave it as it is?


      • Ritchie Roesch · 24 Days Ago

        You can certainly try changing the white balance and see what happens. It’s not really intended for that, but by all means feel free to experiment. There were Tungsten versions of Kodachrome produced by Kodak over the years.


  4. veijom · May 29

    Hi! Would love to see side by side picture with the color chrome effects and clarity effect on and off to get an idea how different the look is with modern Fuji cameras compared to X- trans III cameras that have none of those settings. I mean using this recipe and the photo or photos including red color which You mention in this article. Hopefully You can make a mini review that concentrates to this recipe and the effect of those above mentioned settings to the look and colors.

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  5. Matthew Zeng · May 30

    Gotta try this new version ASAP!
    However is there any way to not use the Clarity option? Forcing me to wait a couple of seconds means I might lose some important moments on the streets, I try to avoid it as much as possible… :-/


    • Ritchie Roesch · May 30

      It doesn’t look as good without Clarity, but you could do +1 Highlight and Shadow instead. It won’t be exactly the same. Or if you shoot RAW+JPEG you can add it after the fact (which is what Fujifilm recommends).


  6. John S · May 30

    Love this recipe! However, I noticed that when I shoot with the new recipe, there’s a loading screen that comes up for like a half second (“storing”). Is this normal due to the settings? I don’t experience this “storing” screen when I use your other recipes.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 31

      I’m glad you like it! It’s Clarity slowing it down. If you shoot RAW+JPEG you can add it later (which is Fujifilm’s recommendation). Or let the pause become a part of your method.


  7. Marlon DeNon · 29 Days Ago

    I’ve actually allowed the pause become of my work method with clarity on, and I love that it makes me more dialed into what I’m trying to capture.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 29 Days Ago

      Yes! I think the pause is great. Things that slow me down are good. Everyone is different, though, so what works for me might not for another.


  8. Khürt Williams · 28 Days Ago

    Hmm. The two recipes seem to produce similar results but the new Kodachrome 64 recipe seems warmer. I like it.


    • Ritchie Roesch · 26 Days Ago

      Thanks! It is similar results, but I like the new version better, even if just slightly so.


  9. Vernon Szalacha · 26 Days Ago

    I’m an X-Pro3 user and would really like the look of Steve McCurry’s images (Kodachrome). Which of your recipes would you recommend for that look?


    • Ritchie Roesch · 25 Days Ago

      This one!
      The thing to know about Steve McCurry (and many other people as well, this is nothing against Steve) is that his photos are post-processed, even his old Kodachromes. He doesn’t do it himself (I don’t think), but he has a team that handles the editing. So even his famous National Geographic pictures from the 80’s aren’t straight Kodachrome slides.
      Something interesting that I figured out while researching different films for various film simulation recipes is that many photographers might have used the same film, such as Kodachrome 64, but their pictures are much different. It’s all in how it’s shot, developed, printed and/or scanned.


  10. dadams312 · 21 Days Ago

    I’m not seeing some of these options for the X-T30, am I missing some settings somewhere or are they not available in all the cameras that share this sensor?


    • Ritchie Roesch · 21 Days Ago

      The X100V, X-Pro3, and X-T4 have some different settings that the X-T3 and X-T30 don’t have. I really hope that Fujifilm will add them to those cameras via a firmware update sometime this summer, but Fujifilm hasn’t said for sure if they will.


  11. John · 12 Days Ago

    Great Update Ritchie. Tried this on my X100V yesterday, colours look great. Regarding the processing delay, when I turned off clarity and re-saved to fix this, the delay was still there. I also tried turning Chrome effect and fxblue but still the delay remained. Can you offer any insights?


    • Ritchie Roesch · 12 Days Ago

      Do you have Performance set to Boost? I do find that the X100V has a little more lag than my X-T30, even with Clarity set to 0. Perhaps try Continuous shooting mode.


      • john · 11 Days Ago

        Thanks, the boost made a huge difference. One thing I forgot to ask was about your reasons for changing the WB from Auto with shift to Daylight with shift? Wondering if it would be better on Auto so that as night falls you dont have tp worry about forgetting about it.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 10 Days Ago

        Well, you can do either. The film is “daylight balanced” so that is the reason. But AWB is fine, too. Back in the days of film I used to carry different warming and cooling filters to adjust for changing light. No need to do that with AWB, but Daylight is a little more accurate to the film.


  12. default · 9 Days Ago

    Thanks for the recipe!

    It seems like the “storing” pause screen doesn’t appear when shooting in burst mode (I tried low speed burst). Does that mean clarity isn’t applied to the photo?


  13. Patrick · 8 Days Ago

    Hi there, I’m new to the Fujifilm platform, and I’m excited to try out some recipes. I had a question about this recipe. How important to the overall recipe is the “White Balance: Daylight, +2 Red & -5 Blue” element? To get the right look do you have to use it in “daylight” with this setting for the white balance? And, what if you’re shooting in a different lighting environment? Like overcast, or indoors? Should you still use that proscribed white balance?

    Thanks for putting in so much work to create these!


    • Ritchie Roesch · 7 Days Ago

      It’s pretty important. You could use auto white balance instead of Daylight, but I prefer Daylight because it better mimics the film (which was daylight balanced).


      • Patrick · 7 Days Ago

        Thanks for the reply! I’ll do some experiments and see how the output varies.

        Liked by 1 person

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