I got my hands on a Fujifilm X-T200! It’s not my camera, I’m just borrowing it for a few weeks. So far I’ve been more impressed with it than I thought I’d be. I’ll write more about all this later. What I want to share today is the very first film simulation recipe that I’ve created for the X-T200, called Golden Negative.
I can’t tell you how many requests I’ve had for recipes compatible with Fujifilm Bayer cameras, such as the X-T200, X-T100, X-A7, X-A5 and XF10, but it’s been a lot! Prior to this, I’d only made three film simulation recipes for these cameras, partly because you cannot save custom presets on these cameras like you can on X-Trans models. You more-or-less have to use one recipe for a period of time, and only switch occasionally. With this film simulation recipe, there are now four to choose from! X-Trans II recipes are compatible with these Bayer cameras, but they produce slightly different results. This recipe will work on X-Trans II, but it won’t look exactly the same. I tried this recipe on an X-Trans IV camera, and it looked noticeably different, but it didn’t look bad, so feel free to try this recipe any camera with the Classic Chrome film simulation; for best results, use it on a Fujifilm Bayer camera.
What does this Golden Negative recipe look like? I’m reminded of prints from the 1980’s and 1990’s, maybe captured on Kodak Gold and printed on Kodak paper. It’s not really intended to resemble that, it’s just what this recipe reminds me of. It has a beautiful low-contrast, low-saturation, warm-cast that’s closer to Kodak color negative film, such as Gold or ColorPlus, than reversal film. I don’t think this recipe is exactly like any specific film, but it looks great nonetheless.
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Noise Reduction: -2
White Balance: Daylight, +4 Red & -2 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +1/3 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Golden Negative film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-T200:
See also: Film Simulation Recipes
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Thank you for the recipe. I tried it on my X-Pro2 and it works beautifully.
You are welcome! I’m glad that it works well for you on the X-Pro2.
Lovely shots, I don’t have a bayer camera but I’ll have to try it out on my x-pro3
Thank you! You’ll have to report back what you think of it on the X-Pro3.
These examples took me immediately back to the early 80s! Very film like.
I’ll be giving this a try/tweek on the x100v.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! I’m so glad that you like it! You’ll have to let me know what you think of it on the X100V.
Amazing work! You are such a cherished resource! This was the push to get an XF10 to accompany my Xpro2. Wonderful!!!
I’m glad to be helpful to you!
Thank you! I recently started shooting a XA3 as a backup to my Full Frame DSLR. I actually used your classic chrome recipe for my coverage of the 2020 DNC and was very happy with the results.
Very glad to see you continue to put Bayer recipes up, I’ve been having a lot of fun with the XA3 and may even be making a full switch to Fuji down the road
I have another one coming really soon! I’m glad that you like the recipe and found it useful. I’d love to see the pictures if there’s a link that you can share. I appreciate the feedback!
I have one of these on order for my partner for the holiday season – thank you for the resource for the film simulation, I don’t quite understand what you mean by it won’t let you save custom presets? How do you use this then, dialing the settings in every time you turn the camera on? I ask because I’m not wondering if I should purchase her a different camera.
Many Fujifilm cameras have 7 custom presets that can be saved and accessed through the Q menu. The X-T200 doesn’t have this ability. Whatever settings you have programmed will still be there when you turn on the camera. But you cannot have multiple settings saved to the camera simultaneously. The X-T200 is a good camera, don’t get me wrong. It’s not as good as the X-T30, for example, but for the price it’s such a great value. I hope this helps!
I love this recipe. I use it on my XM1 but I never quite get the sharpness you do, but I love the grain of it. Love the updates for the Bayer/Trans I cameras, so far, hope this one makes it next
Thanks! I really appreciate this recipe myself.
Any recommendations on tweaking this for X-A1? I don’t have classic Chrome as the base for a film type or would this be available via a firmware update.
I assume I could get somewhere using the standard provia or similar?
I don’t think you can get anything quite like this without Classic Chrome. I think Provia will be too saturated. Does the X-A1 have Pro Neg Std? If so, you could use that and increase the contrast and probably add a small amount of warmth to the shift.
Hi, I love all of your recipes and I am enjoying it. Could you please make Classic Negative for us? The fuji users most like classic Negative.
Unfortunately, there really is no good substitute for Classic Negative. It’s a unique film simulation which has characteristics that cannot be mimicked by any other film simulation.