Fujifilm X-M1 (X-Trans I) Film Simulation Recipe: Vivid Color

Vibrant Autumn – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1 – “Vivid Color”

The Fujifilm X-M1 doesn’t have nearly as many JPEG options as newer X-Series cameras have; however, that doesn’t mean that this camera can’t produce great-looking images straight-out-of-camera. This film simulation recipe is proof of that, as it simply looks great!

Many of you don’t have X-Trans I cameras, since there were only three models made: the X-M1, X-E1 and X-Pro1. Fujifilm quickly moved on to the X-Trans II sensor. I know that some of you still have your old X-Trans I camera, or have purchased one second-hand for cheap. For a long time I neglected creating recipes for these cameras, but no more! This is the second one for X-Trans I, and expect several more to be published in the coming months.

Fall Forest – Flathead Lake, MT – Fujifilm X-M1 – “Vivid Color”

Even though this film simulation recipe is intended for the X-M1, X-E1 and X-Pro1, if you have an X-Trans II or Bayer model, feel free to try this recipe on your camera. It won’t be exactly the same, but it will produce very similar results.

Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +1 (Medium-Hard)
Shadow: +2 (Hard)
Color: +2 (High)
Sharpness: +1 (Medium-Hard)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Fluorescent 1 (“Daylight Fluorescent”), -5 Red & +5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs made using this Vivid Color film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-M1:

Stinker – Idaho Falls, ID – Fujifilm X-M1
Leave the Light On – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Sunlight Through the Curtain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Business Hours – Idaho Falls, ID – Fujifilm X-M1
Thrifty Nickel – Idaho Falls, ID – Fujifilm X-M1
Clothes Hangers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
H&M – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Autumn Forest Sunlight – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Bright Autumn Leaves – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Red Berries & Orange Leaves – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Early Autumn Leaves – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
October Leaves – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Leaves in a Dark Forest – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Lit Autumn Leaves – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Slowly Dying – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Autumn Leaves & Green Weed – Missoula, MT – Fujifilm X-M1
Misty Mountain Morning – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1

See also: Film Simulation Recipes


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  1. Tony T · October 25, 2020

    πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I can start using my xe1 again πŸ˜‚

  2. Randy T. · October 26, 2020

    Hey πŸ‘‹ love the new look of your website and i have a X E-1 camera !!
    Looking forward to using your recipes on my camera!!
    Hope to get a used X T-10 or 20 before Christmas πŸŽ„ just so i can start using your Fujifilm recipes!!!

    I do have a question about old Fujica lenses on X mount cameras ?Is there a certain adapter mount for i need for my X E-1 ? I have a 28mm vintage Fujica lens that i bought for pretty cheap (25€) and i am looking for the correct adapter to buy???
    If you or anyone from the Weekly community has a idea where i could find one the help would be great!!

    And i have a good suggestions for your website ? Maybe?

    How about a Foto Gallery or Instagram group with pictures from other Fujiweekly on how they are using your Fujifilm recipes while taking pictures ??
    Greetings from Germany!!

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 26, 2020

      Hi! I appreciate the feedback! Thanks!

      Fujica lenses are great! You do need an adapter. If you search: Fujica mount to Fuji X mount adapter – it should come right up in the search. Fotodiox makes one, and I’m sure others do, too.

      An Instagram group is a great idea!

      I appreciate the comment!

  3. s4tch · November 19, 2020

    loyal x-m1 user here, i love the little thing and pick it up regularly over my t2. i appreciate the x-trans 1 section, thanks for adding this recipe. greetings from hungary, cheers!

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 20, 2020

      I’m so glad to be helpful! More will be coming for X-Trans I!

  4. Johan · January 11, 2021

    Great work! For X-Trans II, I probably would use β€œShadows +1”, since the shadow roll off is less gentle than on the previous generation.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 11, 2021

      Thanks so much. That’s a great tip! There’s definitely a difference between X-Trans I and X-Trans II.

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  6. Michael Shea · August 21, 2021

    This is pretty extraordinary. To be honest, the suggested white balance setting made me extremely sceptical and today’s raw files initially look dreadful, but of course the WB can be modified to taste. The jpeg outdoor colours in bright Spanish sunshine, by way of complete contrast (figuratively and literally) were stunning. I was fortunate enough this morning to cycle past a small retail park containing plaster covered buildings coloured in dark yellow and rusty red paint, with the sky a bright, clear blue with thin fluffy clouds for added interest. The vibrant results were without doubt the best I have ever achieved with the X-Pro1. It is perhaps surprisingly difficult to achieve this is in the exceptionally strong sunlight typical of these parts, but this is genuinely a recipe that succeeds far greater than the sum of its individual parts. I must add that I can usually improve on Fuji’s colours and don’t entirely share the widespread enthusiasm for them in landscape settings, but today for the first time I can honestly say that the jpegs were more pleasing to the eye than anything I could have achieved through raw editing. Thank you very much indeed – this could become my default outdoors setting in future.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 21, 2021

      I’m so glad to hear it! Thank you for the feedback, it’s much appreciated!

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  8. Dylan · September 24, 2022

    This film recipe is as good as an O’Brady’s breakfast in IF. πŸ˜‰ cheers!

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