Fujifilm X100V New Feature: Color Chrome Effect Blue

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The Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4 have a new feature called Color Chrome Effect Blue. This is very similar to a different feature, which has a nearly identical name, that’s also found on X-Trans IV cameras, such as my X-T30, called Color Chrome Effect. What does Color Chrome Effect Blue do to photographs? How is it different than Color Chrome Effect? Those are questions that I hope to answer in this article.

The original Color Chrome Effect takes vibrant colors (mostly reds, but also yellows and greens to a lessor extent) and deepens their tones to retain color gradation. Fujifilm says that a short-lived color slide film called Fortia inspired this setting. Color Chrome Effect Blue is essentially the same, but for blue. It makes blues in the picture a deeper shade. It’s a lot like using a polarizing filter. You have three options: Off, Weak and Strong.

Let’s take a look at the pictures below:

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Color Chrome Effect Blue Off

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Color Chrome Effect Blue Weak

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Color Chrome Effect Blue Strong

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Color Chrome Effect Blue Strong & Color Chrome Effect Weak

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Color Chrome Effect Blue Strong & Color Chrome Effect Strong

Color Chrome Effect Blue noticeably darkens the blue sky. There’s a difference between Off and Weak and Strong that’s not too hard to spot. I added Color Chrome Effect to the bottom two images, and it doesn’t affect the sky—it barely affects the warm building; it’s so subtle that it’s hard to tell the difference even upon close inspection. I believe that Color Chrome Effect Blue makes more of a difference in an image than Color Chrome Effect, but they manipulate different colors, so they have different purposes. Disappointingly, Color Chrome Effect Blue doesn’t seem to change black-and-white images much at all.

For color images where you want blues to be rendered deeper, such as blue sky, Color Chrome Effect Blue is great! It’s like using a polarizing filter. If you want reds to be rendered deeper, use the original Color Chrome Effect. I hope this helps explain what the new Color Chrome Effect Blue feature is, how it’s different than Color Chrome Effect, and when to use it.

See also:
Clarity
B&W Toning
HDR

4 comments

  1. Thanks for this info. I wondered what the true effect of this setting was just never got around to experimenting with it!

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  2. wj.van.duin.photography@gmail.com · 1 Day Ago

    Very much like and appreciate your blog-posts, videos and recipes.

    I have sold all my Nikon gear years ago and have been using FujiFilm-X trans cameras since because of both their color renderings and because of the style and handling of their cameras. They work and operate as cameras used too.

    Years before I used black-and-white film and processed my films in the darkroom. At that time with black-and-white film I made extensive use of color-filters (yellow, orange and red). That is why I think it is no surprise that the color chrome blue effect has no effect on B&W digital imaging. Instead a yellow, orange or red effect would darken the blue sky, as the filters did in the film-days.

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    Van: Fuji X Weekly Verzonden: dinsdag 30 juni 2020 04:51 Aan: wj.van.duin@planet.nl Onderwerp: [New post] Fujifilm X100V New Feature: Color Chrome Effect Blue

    Ritchie Roesch posted: ” The Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4 have a new feature called Color Chrome Effect Blue. This is very similar to a different feature, which has a nearly identical name, that’s also found on X-Trans IV cameras, such as my X-T30, called Color Chrome Effect”

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 7 Hours Ago

      Yes, that’s a good point. I was hoping that CCEB in conjunction with Acros+R would make the sky even darker, but it doesn’t. It is, like you point out, more in line with how film might react, and not how I wished it did. Thank you for the comment!

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