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

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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.

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

Provia
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:

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Lights & Reflections – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Flag Poles – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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

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

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Horse Ranch – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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

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Drawing Jonathan – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

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Breakfast – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm XQ1

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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17 comments

  1. Andrew · August 2

    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!

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  2. Khürt Williams · August 2

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

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  3. Michael N. · August 2

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

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    • Ritchie Roesch · August 2

      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!

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  4. Francis.R. · August 2

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

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    • Ritchie Roesch · August 3

      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.

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  5. dennybloggt · August 2

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

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    • Ritchie Roesch · August 3

      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

    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

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  8. Joseph · 30 Days Ago

    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?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 30 Days Ago

      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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