Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Superia Premium 400

Ivy Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Superia Premium 400”

After publishing film simulation recipes for Superia 100, Superia Xtra 400, Superia 800 and Superia 1600 film stocks, as well as Reala 100 and Luis Costa’s Classic Negative (which are both in the Superia realm), I’ve been asked a few times to create a Superia Premium 400 recipe. I’ve never shot actual Premium 400 film, and had to rely on the internet, which isn’t ideal, especially since there are limited examples for this particular film, but I think these settings are pretty good.

Superia Premium 400 is a variant of Superia Xtra 400, sold only in Japan, intended to better replicate Japanese skin tones. It seems to have more of an orange color-cast. Premium 400 doesn’t have the “4th cyan color layer” that every other Superia film has, and that seems to be the biggest difference between it and Xtra 400. The way that this recipe came about is a Fuji X Weekly reader (sorry, I forgot who, and I can’t find the message) sent me his or her best guess of some settings to replicate Premium 400, and wanted advice on how to improve it. I took a look, made some changes, and sent it back, but it wasn’t right, so I kept working on it. After a couple weeks of experimenting, I settled on these settings, which I’m quite satisfied with.

Amanda’s Camera – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Superia Premium 400”

There are a whole bunch of options for achieving a Superia look with your Fujifilm camera. Even though this recipe is based on a more obscure variation, the results are quite interesting, and I think a lot of people are going to really appreciate it. It’s compatible with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3, X-T4 and X-S10 cameras.

Classic Negative
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: -2
Shadow: 0
Color: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -1
Clarity: -2
Grain Effect: Strong, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: 4700K, +4 Red & -3 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Superia Premium 400 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

Masked Reflection – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Waiting Girl – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Shrub & Fountain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Nutcracker – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Cinemark Sun – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Hill House – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Jon on a Bridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Setting Sun Forest – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Rural Fence – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Forget Me Knots – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Chainlink Berries – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Yellow Blackberry Leaf – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Rural Autumn Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Late Autumn Sunstar – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Neighborhood in Evening Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Intent – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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11 comments

  1. Alonso Henríquez · December 7

    Hi Ritchie! I am very happy that finally Superia Premium 400 could see the light !!! I’m pretty sure I’m the incognito reader you’re referring to 🙂

    I will proceed to make the adjustments in my X100V to have a Christmas with Premium 400 colors!

    Hug!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 7

      Hi! Thanks! I’m sorry that I couldn’t find your message, but I’m so glad you were able to get it. Merry Christmas!

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  2. pvamic41 · December 7

    Enjoying the FujiXWeekly app. I have a question if you don’t mind. Most of your recipes have “exposure compensation” adjustments. Is this dialed in during capture or is this baked in using the X Raw studio software. The X Raw software has an option to “push/pull processing” which I assume is the EC.

    Thanks.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 7

      The suggested exposure compensation is a general guide and not a rule. A good starting point, perhaps. Each picture should be looked at individually. If you didn’t adjust the exposure up or down during capture, and you are using X Raw Studio, the “Push/Pull Processing” option is what you want to use. I hope this helps!

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  3. Khürt Williams · December 8

    Hi Ritchie, few photography articles get that different films and cameras render different skin tones differently. I roll my eyes every time an article praises a camera or film but doesn’t use a range of skin tones for test.

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  4. Thomas Schwab · December 8

    This recipe is awesome! Thank you, Mr. Fujixweekly!

    Liked by 1 person

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