Fujifilm XQ1 (X-Trans II) Film Simulation Recipe: Kodachrome Without Classic Chrome


Red Greens – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm XQ1 – “Kodachrome”

I’ve made a lot of Kodachrome film simulation recipes for Fujifilm cameras (click here, here, here, here, here and here), and they’re very popular. Kodachrome was an iconic slide film made by Kodak for many, many years, so it’s no surprise that people want to get that look out of their Fujifilm camera. All of my Kodachrome recipes use Classic Chrome because it has a Kodak-esque slide film aesthetic, but some cameras don’t have Classic Chrome, such as the Fujifilm XQ1. Yes, the XQ1 is an X-Trans II camera, and most X-Trans II cameras have Classic Chrome, but this one doesn’t, only Provia, Velvia, and Astia for color images.

I created this recipe by capturing an image on my X-T1 using my Kodachrome 64 recipe for that camera, and then as best as possible recreated the look not using Classic Chrome. While I tried Velvia and Astia, I ended up using Provia. It’s a surprisingly close match, although not exact. I think you’ll like this Kodachrome recipe if your camera doesn’t have Classic Chrome.


!!! Ride !!! – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1 – “Kodachrome”

Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +2 (Hard)
Shadow: +1 (Medium-Hard)
Color: -2 (Low)
Sharpness: 0 (Standard)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Daylight (Fujifilm calls it “Fine” for some reason), -1 Red & -4 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 1600
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs made using this “Kodachrome Without Classic Chrome” film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm XQ1:


Lights & Reflections – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm XQ1


Flag Poles – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1


Drive Thru Gas & Wash – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm XQ1


Flowers in a Pot on Concrete – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm XQ1


Horse Ranch – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1


Closed Umbrella, Threatening Clouds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1


Drawing Jonathan – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1


Breakfast – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. Andrew · August 2, 2020

    Thank you very much for continuing to provide recipes for the older cameras (the X-Pro 1 doesn’t have Classic Chrome). I love this one and I’m really pleased what the results!

  2. Khürt Williams · August 2, 2020

    I like this one. It’s clean, crisp, and I like the cool tones.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 2, 2020

      Thank you! It’s got a good look to it, doesn’t it?

  3. Michael N. · August 2, 2020

    Thanks for your recipes! However I remember Kodachrome being “rich” in colors not muted like shown here. Just my opinion though.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 2, 2020

      Kodachrome had rich reds, but otherwise was fairly muted (especially Kodachrome 25). If the colors weren’t vibrant to begin with, your pictures weren’t going to be particularly vibrant. Unfortunately, Fujifilm only gives so many options. On the latest cameras, because there are more JPEG options, I was able to create a recipe that I feel is quite accurate. The tools available here are very limited. If you want more vibrant colors, consider increasing Color on this recipe. Feel free to “season to taste” as you see fit for your photography. I appreciate the feedback!

      • Michael N. · August 3, 2020

        I’ll tweak it Ritchie. Thanks for your work!

      • Ritchie Roesch · August 3, 2020

        You are welcome!

  4. Francis.R. · August 2, 2020

    It looks wonderful, who would say these are jpegs straight from a compact camera 😀

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 3, 2020

      They look pretty good, although the small sensor in this camera does show its weakness a little. I wouldn’t want to enlarge any bigger than 12″ x 18″. But otherwise it looks nice.

  5. dennybloggt · August 2, 2020

    Wow! That looks great! Although I have an XE-3 with Classic Chrome, I’m going to try this recipe anyway.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 3, 2020

      Sure, give it a try! Might look a little different on your camera, but maybe it’ll be something you really like. Let me know how it goes. I appreciate the comment!

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  7. Cahya Gumilar · October 6, 2020

    hello there, im a beginner in fujifilm ecosystem and just discovered your wonderful article on fujifilm recipe, i just wanna say thank you very much for your hard work making these recipe and by far, this one is my favourite recipe, and i’ve shot many images that i pleased with. Oh and i have bayer sensor of Fujifilm X-T200 by the way, please keep making recipe for us especially that have fallen in love with fujifilm film simulation recipe! Love From Indonesia

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 7, 2020

      Thank you! I appreciate the feedback. I am so glad that you like it!

  8. Joseph · October 25, 2020

    Thank you for all your hard work. I just discovered your website and film recipes. I’m hooked! I have a question. I have a X-T1 and I don’t have Custom Chrome on my Film Simulation tab. What am I missing?

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      Make sure you have updated the firmware. The X-T1 didn’t originally come with Classic Chrome, it was added later. Just Google “Fujifilm X-T1 firmware update” and it should come right up.

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  10. Harald Rost · February 28, 2021

    Thank you a lot for this great recipe and for your effort on this website. I use the recipe in my X-E1 and it is one of my favourite ones!

  11. Rob Gibbs · April 21, 2021

    My only issue with all your recipes is that I can’t decide which is my favourite!

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 21, 2021

      Awesome! I guess that’s a good problem, right?

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  13. linavrocha5 · March 18, 2022

    Thanks for all this helpful info!! I just purchase a X100s, and I’m adding this recipe but I can’t seem to find the red/blue setting?

  14. Libby · September 19

    Hey – thanks so much for this!!
    When I’m trying to set it up – the display and images have an orange tone, which, from your images doesn’t seem to be the intention!
    I feel like I’ve checked the recipe 100 times.
    Do you know why this might be happening?

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 19

      It is a little on the warm side, although I would describe it more as yellowish than orange. It’s intended for sunny natural daylight, so if you are using it in other lighting conditions, results will vary. I would avoid this one for artificial indoor light. I hope this helps!

  15. Dave · 30 Days Ago

    Just picked up an XQ1 last week and this recipe is absolutely perfect.
    The only problem I’m having is how the heck do you actually save this?
    I don’t see the custom slots that the newer cameras have in most of the how to’s I’ve looked at.
    Thanks again for posting all these recipes!

    • Ritchie Roesch · 29 Days Ago

      I don’t believe that the XQ1 has C1-C7 Custom Presets. So it’s only one Recipe at a time, programmed through the IQ Menu subset.

      • Dave · 29 Days Ago

        But, I guess I could just treat it like loading a roll of film and just use that setting for the day.

      • Ritchie Roesch · 28 Days Ago

        That’s what I’ve done when using those models without C1-C7. It’s sometimes a blessing in disguise because you end up with consistent results over a set of pictures.

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