My Fujifilm X100V Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe

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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.

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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:

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Original Kodachrome 64 recipe.

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New Kodachrome 64 Recipe.

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Original Kodachrome 64 recipe.

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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:

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

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Horses in the Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Curious Horse – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Country Tires – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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

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Wishful Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Beer & Board – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Road Bicycling – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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

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Orders & Pickup – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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

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Flag Up Close – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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

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Evening Reeds – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Landscape Flowers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Handlebar – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Kodak Colors – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Half of an Orange – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Ground Beans – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Pallets – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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IHOP – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Cupcake – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Sitting on Concrete – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Spring Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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63 comments

  1. Khürt Williams · May 28

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

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • dennytestnutzer · June 6

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

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      • Ritchie Roesch · June 6

        Danke für die Bewertung! Ich schätze Ihre Ermutigung!

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  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.

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    • 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?

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      • Ferdiyan Eka Surya · June 7

        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?

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      • Ritchie Roesch · June 8

        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.

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  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… :-/

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    • 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).

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  7. Marlon DeNon · June 2

    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 · June 2

      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.

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  8. Khürt Williams · June 4

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

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 5

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

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  9. Vernon Szalacha · June 6

    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?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 6

      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.

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  10. dadams312 · June 10

    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?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 10

      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.

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  11. John · June 19

    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?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 20

      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.

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      • john · June 21

        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 · June 21

        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.

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  12. default · June 22

    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?

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  13. Patrick · June 24

    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!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 24

      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).

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      • Patrick · June 24

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

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  14. Dennis Gloth · July 25

    Hallo Ritchie,

    deine Rezepte sind wirklich klasse und man kann sich gar nicht so wirklich entscheiden, welche man auf seiner Kamera installieren soll.

    Mein Lieblingsrezept ist tatsächlich das neue Kodachrome 64 Rezept. Allerdings braucht meine X100V immer einige Sekunden um das Bild abzuspeichern, was bei Serienaufnahmen etwas störend ist. Bei den anderen Rezepten ist das nicht so. Leider habe nicht rausgefunden woran das liegt. An einer Einstellung im Rezept oder an der Kamera. Weißt du da eventuell mehr?

    P.S.: Ich fotografiere in RAW und JPEG.

    Viele Grüße

    Dennis Gloth

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    • Thomas Schwab · July 25

      Hi Dennis, die CLARITY Funktion verlangsamt tatsächlich den workflow Deiner Kamera. Entweder Du kannst Dich damit abfinden oder Du fügst den gewünschten Wert nachträglich Deiner RAW Datei an. Meine Empfehlung: genieße die Entschleunigung beim Fotografieren. Neudeutsch auch Back to the roots.
      LG Thomas

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      • Dennis Gloth · July 30

        Hallo Thomas,

        die Entschleunigung genieße ich tatsächlich. Manchmal ist es beim Fotografieren auf der Straße allerdings ein wenig ärgerlich, den entscheidenen Moment zu deswegen zu verpassen. 😀

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      • Thomas Schwab · July 30

        😎😉👍🏼

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    • Ritchie Roesch · July 25

      Danke für Ihre netten Worte. Ich freue mich über die Eingabe! Leider verlangsamt Clarity die Kamera um einiges. Stellen Sie sicher, dass der Boost-Modus aktiviert ist, da dies ein wenig hilft. Die andere Option besteht darin, Clarity auf 0 zu setzen und die RAW-Datei später erneut zu verarbeiten und zu diesem Zeitpunkt Clarity hinzuzufügen. Ich hoffe, dass Fujifilm Clarity in einem Firmware-Update zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt beschleunigen kann.

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  17. Amri · August 6

    Doe it works for fuji xt20?? Thanks

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  18. Amri · August 6

    Doe it works for fuji xt20?? Thanks

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  20. Scott · August 14

    Nice work Sir, I have been on the search for the Kodachrome look that is visible in the photos from the legendary Fred Herzog. Which of your film simulations do you feel best reproduces that old vintage look?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · August 16

      Thank you! Fred Herzog used all three eras of Kodachrome. Much of his work falls into the first two eras, which are what my “Vintage Kodachrome” and “Kodachrome II” recipes mimic. I do plan to revisit both of these recipes soon for newer cameras. His later work would be more like this recipe.

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      • brayan · September 1

        i love Fred Herzogs work! im going to try the vintage chrome on my xpro3 but i look forward to your revisits

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      • Ritchie Roesch · September 1

        I’ve been working on a revision of both, but I’m not completely satisfied with the results so far, so I will keep at it. But I hope to have them both done soon.

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  27. Stryder · September 14

    Hi Ritchie, thank you so much for the recipes I have been loving them on my Fujis. I was wondering if you have this “recipe” to create a preset in Lightroom as well?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · September 14

      I’m glad that you like the recipes! I don’t have any Lightroom presets (I don’t even have Lightroom currently). Sorry.

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  29. Barry Studd · September 24

    Hi Richie, great recipe, takes me back to my FM2 days. Would it be ok to apply clarity in lightroom rather than in camera?

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  30. Barry Studd · 26 Days Ago

    Thanks for that.

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