Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Fujicolor Superia 100

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Rose Garden – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 100”

The new Classic Negative film simulation that’s found on Fujifilm’s latest cameras is intended to mimic Fujicolor Superia. Fujifilm doesn’t state which version of the film it’s intended to resemble; Fujifilm simply says that it’s “modeled after” Superia with “Superia-like” colors. They did very well in creating it, as it is unmistakably Superia. To me, straight-out-of-the-box Classic Negative most closely resembles Superia 200, although it’s not an exact match (but pretty close). There were at least a dozen different versions of Superia made by Fujifilm beginning in 1998, and a couple are still available today. I believe that Classic Negative can be made to resemble many of these different films. I started with Fujicolor Superia 100.

Superia 100 is a daylight balanced color negative film that Fujifilm produced between 1998 and 2009. It replaced Fujicolor Super G Plus 100, which, honestly, didn’t look all that much different. Superia 100 had improved grain, sharpness, and more accurate color under florescent light. Under normal conditions, and without a close inspection, the two films looked quite similar. Superia was a “consumer” film that was widely found in drug and convenient stores. It was regularly used for family snapshots, but was also popular among photojournalists, as well as portrait and wedding photographers. Superia 100 was marketed as a “general use” low-ISO color film. Like the film, this Fujicolor Superia 100 film simulation recipe serves as a general use option.

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Sunset Behind the Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 100”

I think many of you will really appreciate this film simulation recipe. It has fairly low contrast, but not too low, and produces very nice colors. It has a nostalgic quality to it, since the film that it’s based on was widely used for family snapshots in the 1990’s and 2000’s. You can use it for portraits or street photography or landscapes—really, it’s good for most situations. Unfortunately, as of this writing, this Fujicolor Superia 100 film simulation recipe is only compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V and X-T4 cameras. This recipe does use the new Clarity feature, and you should be aware that it slows down the camera considerably.

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

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Fujicolor Superia 100 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

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Under the Green Canopy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Light Through The Trees – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Red Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Pagoda – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Pink Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Nearly Empty Park – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Waiting Alone – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Fascinating – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Fanatic Family – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Grandmother & Grandson – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Thirsty Peacock – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Give it Back – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Red & Blue Benches – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Lagoon Railroad – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Patriotic Boy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Ride is Closed – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Nervously Ready for Tea Cup Ride – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Do Not Enter – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Rocks by the Raging River – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Leaves Above Farmington Creek – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Storm Above – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Mine! – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Refreshment Station – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Evening Red – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Desk Near a Window – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Fake Blossoms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Backyard Jo – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Jon, Laughing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Sunlit Tree Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Evening Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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36 comments

  1. wj.van.duin@planet.nl · June 9

    Hi Ritchie,

    I very much like your emails and blogposts on Fuji Film simulations.

    I have been using camera’s since my childhood and thus started out with different types of slide and color negative film and even have used Kodak X-Tri black and white film push-processed in Promicrol developer long before switching to digital cameras. I have had several Nikon cameras before I decided to get a first FujiFilm camera. After I got my FujiFilm X-T20 I have never looked back. Now I am waiting to get the best FujiFilm camera so far, the X-T4.

    So far with my FujiFilm camera I have always been shooting Jpeg plus Raw to always process my Raw-files. I have tried different FujiFilm profiles and have found Pro-Neg Hi to be my go to profile for processing my raw files. I find it to have the most true color and temperature to my liking. I find that to be the same in your images for your recipes. That certainly does not mean there is no place for other recipes for different views.

    I wonder if you think the new Classic Neg FujiFilm Simulation to be an even better (to life) choice. Not that there is any need for true renditions in photography.

    With kind regards,

    Wouter J. van Duin

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    the Netherlands

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    Van: Fuji X Weekly Verzonden: woensdag 10 juni 2020 01:09 Aan: wj.van.duin@planet.nl Onderwerp: [New post] Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Fujicolor Superia 100

    Ritchie Roesch posted: ” The new Classic Negative film simulation that’s found on Fujifilm’s latest cameras is intended to mimic Fujicolor Superia. Fujifilm doesn’t state which version of the film it’s intended to resemble; Fujifilm simply says that it’s “modeled after” Superia”

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 10

      I don’t know if Classic Negative is “true to life” as it has a certain color shift (that I really like). Pro Neg Hi is a good film simulation that produces very nice results. Soon I will publish a Tri-X recipe that you are sure to love. The X-T4 should be a great camera for you.

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  2. Thank you so much! Added it to my x100v and already tested it out. I am loving what I am seeing

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  3. Khürt Williams · June 10

    It’s an interesting look. Not to my liking.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 10

      That’s alright. That’s why there are so many to chose from.

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      • Khürt Williams · June 16

        I forgot to add, that the reds are a bit too much for me, but I think this is the most film-like of all your film simulation recipes.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · June 18

        Thank you! There’s a very similar recipe, but with slightly less intense reds, coming soon.

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  4. Luís Costa · June 10

    Wow, this looks great! Just set it up in my x-pro3, hope to try it soon!

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  5. singemonkey · June 10

    I used to use Superia 200 a lot. Looking back on pics I took with it in ’99/2000 I realised what a great palette and dynamic range it had. Obviously it’s slightly different. But this definitely has the same look to me. Looking forward to trying out all your sims when I finally get myself a cheap used XE3.

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  6. default · June 10

    Awesome! Really looking forward to see what new recipes the X100V brings us 🙂
    Thanks!

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  7. James Anderson · June 10

    Looks great! Can’t wait to try this out when I have some time. Do you know how important clarity is? I find it way too slow for my liking.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 10

      It’s not super important, you could try without it. Maybe try Highlight set to -2 (or -1.5 if you have an X-T4), or maybe set Dynamic Range to DR200. You’re just trying to reduce the contrast a little.

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      • James Anderson · June 10

        Thanks for the tips, I’ll try it out. Forgot to mention earlier but I really appreciate what you’ve been doing. Completely redefined how I saw jpeg shooting. Can’t wait for more of your X100V recipes.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · June 10

        Thanks! More coming soon!

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  8. Jens Rueckert · June 11

    As all the Fuji digital camera stuff produces much to clean and sterile fotos to my eyes I sold most of it, but kept the x-pro1 with adapted CanonFL/Fd & Leica M lenses and the 35 1.4 for digital monochrome/black and white photography. Anyway, I shoot the fuij superia 200 films – which was the same as Agfa 200 as well until the production of his film ended last year – with Leica/Nikon or Canon analog cameras. I prefer the analog results by far to the digital ones.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 11

      Agfa Vista Plus 200 is repackaged Fujicolor C200.
      I remember thinking, and even being told, that my 35mm film pictures were too grainy and too lo-fi, and medium format was superior and what I needed to use. Of course that’s all subjective. Some people want grain and lo-fi, myself included sometimes, and some don’t (also myself included sometimes). There are ways to approximate it (either way) on digital cameras. Pairing vintage lenses to modern cameras is a fun endeavor.

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  9. Mathieu · June 12

    Hi Ritchie! Thank you for your beautiful and useful receipes. I just bought a x100V and I love this Superia 100!
    Do you have a good receipe that could be use inside at night, under tungsten light? Or can all your receipes can, or will there be a big color shift?

    Thanks again for everything you are doing!

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  10. Mathieu · June 16

    Hi Ritchie! I’ve been trying your receipe today, and I find that my photos don’t look real. I don’t know how to explain this, but the images I get look like cartoons (almost too defined). Is it something I should expect with this receipe? Thanks!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 16

      Which camera are you using? Sharpness and Clarity are both -2. You could try going lower with them, and/or increasing NR. Not sure what else to suggest. I don’t think my pictures look too defined or cartoonish, so I am not sure what to say.

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  11. Mathieu · June 16

    Hi! I’m using an x100V. Your pictures looks really great, that’s why I was wondering if I was doing something wrong. Thanks for you reply and for all your receipes, they’re amazing!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 16

      I’m not really sure what the issue is. The new lens is pretty darn sharp, maybe that’s the culprit? I wish I could help more.

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  12. Mathieu · June 16

    Yes, I think it’s because I shot on rainy days since I got it, and today was really sunny, so I’m just surprised haha!

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  17. Michal · 22 Days Ago

    Hi!
    Do you leave the whitebalance always on daylight no matter the weather condition when using this presets?

    How about night?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 19 Days Ago

      Yes. The film it’s based on is daylight balanced. In the “old” (film) days, I would carry warming and cooling filters to adjust the white balance when necessary, and that’s something that can still be done. But, if you prefer, you can use AWB. It will be less accurate to the film, but perhaps more pleasing results. Try it and see what you think.

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