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

Fujifilm X100F Review Blog

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  1. Andrew · 2 Days Ago

    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!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Khürt Williams · 1 Day Ago

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

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Michael N. · 1 Day Ago

    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 · 1 Day Ago

      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. · 1 Day Ago

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

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 17 Hours Ago

        You are welcome!


  4. Francis.R. · 1 Day Ago

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

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · 17 Hours Ago

      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 · 1 Day Ago

    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 · 17 Hours Ago

      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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