[Not] My Fujifilm X100V Classic Negative Film Simulation Recipe

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Boy with a Bubble Gun – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

When the Fujifilm X-Pro3 came out late last year, which was the first camera with the new Classic Negative film simulation, I began to see some wonderful pictures that looked like they were captured using Superia film. Classic Negative is supposed to resemble Fujicolor Superia, most likely Superia 200, although Fujifilm doesn’t say. I believe there were more than 10 variants of Superia film made by Fujifilm, so it’s hard to know which version the film simulation was mostly modeled after. Whichever version of the film it’s intended to be, Classic Negative does a great job of mimicking it, because it definitely looks like Superia.

The Classic Negative look that was most intriguing to me was by Luis Costa, and I couldn’t wait for the day that I’d be able to try it for myself. Luis’ Classic Negative film simulation recipe, which can be found on his website, is nothing short of wonderful! It’s especially great for sunny days. It’s every bit as good as Luis made it look in his photographs. It’s programmed into the C1 slot on my Fujifilm X100V, and I doubt that it will move. It reminds me a lot of Superia X-Tra 400 with a warming filter, or maybe Superia 200 pushed one stop. Either way, it just looks good.

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Warm Light on Reeds – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V

I did modify Luis Costa’s recipe slightly. Nothing big, but I added Color Chrome Effect and Clarity, and set Grain to Weak instead of Strong. It doesn’t change the look much at all. Feel free to turn off Color Chrome Effect and Clarity and set Grain to Strong if you’d like, which is Luis’ exact recipe. I want to thank Luis Costa for making and sharing his great Classic Negative recipe, and for allowing me to post it here. I encourage you to visit his website.

Because the Classic Negative film simulation changes look depending on how it’s exposed, you can get a couple different aesthetics with this recipe. I encourage you to increase exposure on some shots and decrease it on others (over and under exposing slightly), and see how it renders the picture. You might find that you prefer one look over the other, or that you prefer one in some situations and one in another. It’s fun to experiment with, and I invite you to do just that.

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

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Classic Negative film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

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Red Rose Bush – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Flowers by the Fence – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Suburban Blooms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Dragonfly – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Spring Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Girl in Evening Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Upside Down Wheelbarrow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Neighborhood Bubbles – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Suburbs Illuminated – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Boy in the Window Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Little Yellow Ball in the Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Lake Reeds – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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17 comments

  1. Luís Costa · June 1

    Awww man, I’m so proud that you like it this much! It feels great to be able to give something back to the person who literally changed my whole approach to digital photography. 🙂

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 1

      I’m glad that we can help each other. This is such a great community, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

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  2. Earl Rogers,Jr. · June 1

    I like your recipe but can it be set up on the X_Pro2 or the X-H1.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 1

      No, unfortunately. Only X-Pro3, X100V and X-T4. Maybe possibly the X-T3 and X-T30 someday, but not right now.

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  3. francisywk · June 2

    Can’t wait for Classic Negative to be made available on X-T3/X-T30. I’ll shoot with your awesome Superia 800 recipe in the meantime.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 2

      I really, really hope Fujifilm does it, and does it sooner than later. We’ll see, though.

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  4. default · June 3

    How would you say the color chrome and clarity affects the pictures in this recipe compared to Luís’s original? 🙂

    Thanks for great content!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 3

      Very little. It makes it a little more contrasty, and very subtly changes the color, but it’s very minor.

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  5. Neo Nilsson · June 3

    Hello Ritchie! Im very glad that you share your beautiful recepies, thank you! I have a question. Is there a way to shoot two recepies at the same time? It would help if i could shoot a recepie for b&w and one in colour. I have the x-pro2 by the way.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 3

      I know on other cameras, such as the X-Pro2, you can bracket film simulations, but not film simulation recipes. I haven’t looked deep enough into the X100V yet to know if they changed it on that camera.

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  6. Peter · June 3

    Hi!
    Thanks for good and inspiring thoughts and tips! 🙂
    I do have a question/remark, though… When using clarity or noise reduction the writing speed slows down to painful levels… When putting them both to zero again the speed gets to normal/fast.
    I’m using a Sandisk Extreme 150 mb/s U3 C10 card – perhaps it will work better with a slightly faster card?
    Best regards!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 5

      I’m not sure that the noise reduction affects writing speeds much if at all, but Clarity definitely does. A faster card might help, but I think that setting Clarity to 0 and adding it later (if you shoot RAW+JPEG) might help; it’s what Fujifilm recommends. I just “use” the pause to slow myself down.

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      • Peter Simonsson · June 6

        Thanks, Ritchi!
        And I will take your thoughts about the opportunity to have those small slowing down moments to my own capturing process👍

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  7. James Anderson · June 4

    Hey there, this looks beautiful. I’m also really enjoying classic neg on my x-pro3. Have you got any recipes in the works using classic neg? The way it changes in different lighting is fascinating and I’m sure with your knowledge and experience you could make a great recipe from it. Also, how do you think classic neg is compared to your Superia 800 recipe?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 5

      I have several different Classic Negative based film simulation recipes in the works. In fact, I have probably 5 or 6 different film simulation recipes that I’ll be publishing over the next couple of weeks (not all Classic Negative). I think that Superia 800 is as close as you can get on X-Trans III, but I can likely make a more accurate version using Classic Negative. That’s on my to-do list.

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  8. Romain Vignes · 29 Days Ago

    I was also blown away by Luis recipe, but after a few tries I had the impression of too much red, especially on skin tones. So I changed the color (+3 => +1) and WB adjustement (+4R/-4B => 0R/-3B). Experiment in progress…
    Anyway, thank you so much Ritchie for your great work on Fuji film simulations!!!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 28 Days Ago

      This recipe is great for sunny days, but it can get a little too warm indoors or on overcast days. It’s fun to experiment with white balance shifts, let me know how it goes!

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