Sometimes it’s fun to experiment with the settings on different film simulation recipes—make small changes and see what the results are. My Ektachrome 100SW recipe come about because someone took my Kodachrome II recipe and used Velvia instead of Classic Chrome. I did a similar experiment recently with my Kodachrome 64 recipe. This B&W Superia film simulation recipe came about that same way.
Fuji X Weekly reader Thomas Schwab took my Fujicolor Superia 1600 recipe and made a few changes, most notably Acros instead of Classic Negative. There are a few other differences, such as Grain and White Balance, but it’s mostly the Superia 1600 recipe, yet in monochrome instead of color. There never was a black-and-white Superia film, but it is possible to develop Superia in black-and-white chemistry as a monochrome film (technically, this is cross-processing). While there might be some similarities to Superia film developed as B&W and this recipe, they’re completely coincidental, as these settings aren’t intended to mimic anything specific.
Even though this B&W Superia recipe isn’t intended to look like any particular film, it nonetheless produces very nice results. It calls for a little Toning, which resembles a quick Sepia bath, a common archival technique in monochrome printing, but that’s optional. The Clarity setting will slow down the camera considerably, so be aware of that. This recipe is only compatible (as of this writing) with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4 cameras.
Acros (+Y, +R, +G)
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Weak, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Strong
Toning: WC +2 MG 0
White Balance: Auto, 0 Red & 0 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this B&W Superia film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:
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I love the look of the images shot with the Superia B&W recipe! But I have to say that the lamp shadow image looks mysteriously like a UFO submarine. What aren’t you telling us Ritchie?
The truth is out there! Lol! I appreciate the comment!
Could you develope this B&W Supreria for the XT3. This is beautiful B&W.
The biggest obstacle would be Clarity. I think the closest you could get is to set Highlight to -1 and Shadow to +1. Maybe set Sharpness to -2 or -3?
When you write (+y, +r, +g) you mean any of them work right? I read your shortcut but was kinda confused still
With B&W film, you can manipulate the grays by using color filters screwed onto the end of the lens. +Y, +R & +G allows you to digitally simulate the effect of using color filters with B&W film. So, yes, any of them will work, but the results will be different, depending on exactly what you want.
What Toning settings did you use for this recipe? I can’t find it it in the post.
You are right, it is missing! I’m sorry. I will get that fixed as soon as I can. It’s WC +2 MG 0.
No, thank you! I appreciate you spotting this error.