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

    🙌🏼 I can start using my xe1 again 😂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Randy T. · October 26

    Hey 👋 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 🎄 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!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 26

      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

    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!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Johan · January 11

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

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 11

      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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