Fujifilm X-T1 (X-Trans II) Film Simulation Recipe: “Eterna”


Lavender – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1 – “Eterna”

I haven’t forgotten about my Fujifilm X-T1! My last five film simulation recipes have been for my new X100V, but I will continue making recipes for other sensors. Not everyone, probably not most Fujifilm X shooters, have the latest models, so the recipes for those cameras are irrelevant to many Fuji X Weekly readers. There will still be many articles related to the X100V, but I will continue to publish articles about other Fujifilm cameras, too. I’ll try to keep things balanced.

This “Eterna” film simulation recipe is my best facsimile of my X-T30 Eterna recipe. Obviously X-Trans II cameras don’t have the Eterna film simulation, as well as other options that the X-T30 has. It’s impossible to make an exact match, but this one is surprisingly pretty close. It looks nothing like straight-out-of-the-box Eterna, but it resembles pretty closely my Eterna recipe, which requires some big adjustments to various settings.


Red Blooms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1 – “Eterna”

My X-T1 “Eterna” recipe has a strong warm color cast, and it has a fair amount of contrast. It reminds me of Kodak Gold printed on Kodak paper, but I’m sure it’s not an exact match for that, just a general impression. This recipe is not for every situation, but it can look great for certain pictures.

PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +2 (High)
Shadow: +1 (Medium-High)
Color: +2 (High)
Sharpness: +1 (Medium-High)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Auto, +6 Red & -7 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Eterna” recipe on my Fujifilm X-T1:


Yellow Truck with Red Graffiti – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Empty Trailers – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Evening Thistle – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Someone’s Watching – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Authorized Persons and Vehicles Only – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Bike Lane Ends – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Stump by the Water – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Pole Reflection – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Sunstar Tree – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Empty Bench – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Ford 250 – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


SkyWest – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Statue Girl on Bench – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Shadow Stripes – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Toes & Couch – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Josh in the Window Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Kitchen Succulent – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Tree Branch Blossoms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Cloud Above The Mountain Ridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Mountain Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Tree Top – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. yuri rasin · June 12, 2020

    Lovely warm colours there. I’ve been tweaking with my X70, although the recipe is not exactly the same, I can get pretty close to the looks of the ones you’ve been sharing. Great stuff Ritchie

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 13, 2020

      Awesome! The X70 seems like a wonderful camera. Too bad production got cut short. Hopefully Fujifilm makes an X80 someday.

      • yuri rasin · June 13, 2020

        Yea i really enjoy it. Im also surprised they discontinued the production. I thought it was a bargain for 700€

      • Ritchie Roesch · June 13, 2020

        If I remember correctly, Sony suddenly and unexpectedly discontinued the sensor, kind of pulled the rug out from under Fujifilm, and the camera that was most affected by it was the X70.

  2. Chantel · June 12, 2020

    love all your recipes! would love more that work for the x-t3(0)!

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 13, 2020

      I plan to, for sure!

      • Gary · January 28

        Hey! I was wondering if the x-T10 could achieve the same or similar eterna recipe to your pictures on the x100v from Yosemite?

      • Ritchie Roesch · January 28

        It’s probably possible to get somewhat close. Try this:

        PRO Neg. Std
        Highlight 0
        Shadow 0
        Color -1
        Sharpness -2
        Noise Reduction -2
        WB 7100K +1 Red -5 Blue

        I haven’t tried that, mind you. It could be way off. But it might be the closest you can get.

  3. Jimmy · June 12, 2020

    Nice! I do have a request though, would you be able to come up with something emulating the color photos of Patrick LaRoque? He mentioned using his x-pro3 for most of his processing, but I haven’t figured out how to get his look in camera.

    • alexander · June 12, 2020

      In his blog Patrick often says he always does post processing

      • Jimmy · June 13, 2020

        Ah, fair enough. I seem to recall him using in-camera processing in at least one entry. I do still wonder if his look can be approximated in-camera, I much prefer it to having to do work in post.

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 13, 2020

      It definitely looks based on Classic Negative, but I do believe it’s edited, too. I’ll look into it, see what I can come up with.

  4. Trent · June 19, 2020

    You do gods work! Thank you for remembering us x trans II folk. Quick question/request – is there a Portra 400 recipe for the x trans 2?

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 19, 2020

      You are welcome! Portra 400 for X-Trans II needs to be next, doesn’t it? Thank you for the reminder!

  5. Mike Holaday · June 20, 2020

    That’s some color shift on this one, Ritchie. Almost cross-processing territory. But this looks like it’s going to be very useful on my X-T10 in Tucson. Thanks for the great work!

  6. Ranadhir · July 11, 2020

    Thanks a Iot, I loved the preset. It’s beautiful to look at the pictures. Can you make the recipe of fujicolor reala 100, superia 100, Kodak portra 400 and acros for xt1? It will brilliant to use these recipes in xt1.

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 15, 2020

      The Superia recipes are not possible because it’s not possible to recreate Classic Negative. Acros is a similar situation. But I do hope to create more recipes for X-Trans II.

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  10. Justin · April 2, 2021

    Please continue to make recipes for the X Trans II.

    Don’t forget about us 😁

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 3, 2021

      Spring has arrived, I think it’s time to use the X-T1 more, for sure!

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  12. Rafał · June 8, 2021

    Very nice and what about using this recipe on xTrans III? Will it work properly?

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