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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133 comments

  1. Stefan · September 11

    Hey,

    your Reciepes are awesome.
    On my new Fuji X-S10 i don’t found the Noise Reduction. Maybe they dont have it?

    Best Regard

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    • Ritchie Roesch · September 11

      It’s called “High ISO NR” on the newer cameras. Fujifilm renamed it for some reason, but it is the same thing. Thanks for asking!

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      • Stefan · September 12

        Oh thank you for your fast answer. That awesome.

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  2. William · September 11

    Thank you so much for taking the time to consider this! It also occurs to me that one of the distinctive things about Webb’s use of K200 in Istanbul is that its overwhelming mood is not nostalgia or warmth but rather melancholy and foreboding. Not the take on Kodachrome that would have inspired Paul Simon’s song, I imagine….

    Trying out several of your recipes (also Kodachrome II and Nostalgic Negative) has made the difference more clear. Really looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Thanks again!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · September 12

      Yeah, it’s definitely different, and I think more of it has to do with his style and lighting than the film itself, but K200 is less “Kodachrome” than other Kodachromes. I heard it describes at Ektachrome 100G pushed one stop, which to an extent makes sense. I think it will be a fun challenge.

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  29. Ortzi LANDA · 19 Days Ago

    Hello Ritchie,

    I came across your web last week and I think you are doing a fantastic job emulating all these analog films in the Fujifilm cameras. I recently bought a XE4 so I am playing with some of the recipes.

    I have two questions and one request (if you could answer them). The first question is; what film recipe would you recommend for the kind of aesthetic of the Afghan/ Indian years of Steve McCurry as I kind of like it. From what I understand the recipe should be the one of the Kodak Kodachrome 64 as he mainly used that but maybe I am wrong.

    The second question is; that I have noticed that with the Kodachrome 64 recipe due to the clarity adjustment there is a lag between each photo in my XE4 but I understand that there is nothing I can do apart putting the value back to 0.

    And the request (if you wish to do it) is for a recipe to emulate the colours of the early analog photos of Jimmy Chin. For instance the photo he posted today on Instagram of the Fathi Tower or another photo he posted the 20th of August with the Everest and some Tibetan flags. Another time he posted the same Fathi Tower it was written to have been shot with Velvia but I find the “in camera” Velvia simulation quite different.

    Thank you very much in advance for you help and thank you for all your work and articles

    Sincerely

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 18 Days Ago

      I appreciate your comment!
      So Steve McCurry (during that era) shot on Kodachrome (25, 64, and even 200). I believe Afghan Girl was on Kodachrome 64. A thing to note that a lot of people don’t realize: these pictures were edited. Even though he shot on slides, the printed images received some manipulation. So the picture would look different if you were seeing it projected vs. in National Geographic or on the internet. That said, the Kodachrome 64 recipe is going to get you the closest to his aesthetic.
      Clarity does slow down the camera significantly. It takes a moment to save the image, and you can’t do anything with the camera while you are waiting. I had hoped Fujifilm would figure out how to lesson the delay via a firmware update, but they haven’t yet. Interestingly enough, the GFX-50S has this same delay… except it doesn’t have Clarity! There’s no good workaround, unfortunately.
      As far as Jimmy Chin, those two pictures, the recipes that seem the closest to me are Kodachrome 1 or Old Kodak (especially the Everest and flags image). Old Kodak is a Patron Early-Access recipe on the app. If it was indeed shot on Velvia, he must have used a warming filter (and/or maybe some post-editing), because it doesn’t look like straight-up Velvia.

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      • Ortzi Landa · 18 Days Ago

        Thank you very much for your reply, that’s very kind. I will use the Kodachrome 64 then and I will have a look at the Kodachrome 1 recipe

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 17 Days Ago

        You are welcome!

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  31. Dante Dancel · 7 Days Ago

    Hi Ritchie, Thanks for this amazing recipe. I will try this KC64 recipe to my X-Trans III cameras even it is made for X-Trans IV. Best regards, Dante

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  34. Yao · 3 Days Ago

    Dear Ritchie,

    Thank you very much for creating these film simulations! They are so much fun to use. I recently got a XT4 and tried your Kodakchrome 64 and II for shooting on the streets and the Chattahoochee rivers around Atlanta. I found they perform really good for street but give too brown color for the stones in the the river. Do you have an article about recommended film simulations for different purposes? If not, would you consider to write one. I generally find these simulations are so interesting but don’t know which one to use. Of course trying them out is a fun as well but it would be good to have your opinion as a baseline.

    Thank you!
    Yao

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 3 Days Ago

      I appreciate your kindness and feedback! I plan to (in the coming year) begin to categorize the recipes by what they’re good for, but this will for certain be a tall task. I’m still working out the details of how I will accomplish this. But I will figure it out. Thanks so much for your comment!

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