12 Film Simulation Recipes of Christmas

This Christmas I thought that I would do something fun for you: the 12 Film Simulation Recipes of Christmas! I took the twelve most popular film simulation recipes this month (based on page views), and captured one picture with each. The subject of every image is the number the recipe ranks. It’s basically a parody of the classic holiday coral The Twelve Days of Christmas, but also an opportunity to share with you which recipes people are using this December.

The top twelve film simulation recipes this month (from most to least popular) are: Kodachrome 64, Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Portra 400, Vintage Kodachrome, Kodachrome II, Classic Chrome, Kodachrome 64, Kodak Portra 800, CineStill 800T, Cine Teal, Fujicolor Superia 800, and Classic Negative. There are some surprises, at least to me. First, no black-and-white recipes made this list; color recipes are more popular than monochrome for some reason. The top eight recipes all use the Classic Chrome film simulation; those named Kodachrome or Portra are widely used. The original Portra 400 is the most popular Portra recipe, despite its difficult white balance requirement. The second film simulation recipe ever published on this website, simply called Classic Chrome, made this list (oldie but goodie?). Only one recipe that uses the Classic Negative film simulation made the top twelve, and just barely; the most popular recipe with the Superia name (Classic Negative is based on Superia) uses PRO Neg. Std.

If you want to sing along, here are the lyrics:

On the 12 Days of Christmas, I snapped with recipes…
12 people limit,
11 with a seven,
10 pm closing,
9 fortune cookies,
Ate holiday sweets,
7 metal boxes,
6 holds for swinging,
5 pots for plants,
4 times said no,
3 drink cans,
2 push to cross,
And… a face mask with emojis!

12 People Limit – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – Classic Negative
11 With A Seven – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Fujicolor Superia 800
10 PM Closing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – Cine Teal
9 Fortune Cookies – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – CineStill 800T
Ate Holiday Sweets – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – Kodak Portra 800
7 Metal Boxes – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodachrome 64
6 Holds for Swinging – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Classic Chrome
5 Pots for Plants – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodachrome II
4 Times Said No – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Vintage Kodachrome
3 Drink Cans – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – Kodak Portra 400
2 Push to Cross – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Kodak Portra 400
A Face Mask with Emojis – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – Kodachrome 64

Merry Christmas from Fuji X Weekly!


  1. Peter Edwards · December 25, 2020

    That’s a great post Ritchie. Very interesting to see a cross section of what film simulations people are choosing this month. Have a merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…

  2. veijom · December 25, 2020

    That was original, and fun aproach ๐Ÿ‘. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Loren Kmp Photography · December 25, 2020

    Fantastic! Thank you and Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

  4. Khรผrt Williams · December 25, 2020

    Silly. Merry Christmas, Ritchie.

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 27, 2020

      I hope you had a merry Christmas, and I wish you a happy New Year!

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