Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Color Negative 400

Wind Rewind – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Color Negative 400”

I ran across a picture in an article about coffee, and that picture reminded me a lot of the Classic Negative film simulation. I don’t think the picture was captured with Classic Negative; perhaps a VSCO (or some other brand) preset was used that was intended to look something like Superia film. So, with one picture as my guide, I set out to recreate the look with my Fujifilm X100V. Ideally you want more than one sample picture to study, but that’s all I had. These settings look pretty darn close to that picture, but it’s difficult to know if it’s truly accurate because I only had one sample to work with, and I don’t know how it should look in various situations. Still, I’m happy with how it turned out.

Initially I was going to name this recipe “Fujicolor Negative” because it has a Fujicolor Superia-like look, but then I stumbled across some Kodak ColorPlus 400 photographs, and they looked quite similar to these pictures. Even though the resemblance to ColorPlus 400 is completely accidental, I thought that calling it “Color Negative 400” was more appropriate because it is in the general ballpark of a film that’s not Fujicolor. Or, more accurately, it is similar to both a Kodak stock and a Fujifilm stock, and not exactly like either. I do think, no matter how close it may or may not be to an actual film, it has a nice film-like aesthetic to it that many will appreciate.

Ability – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Color Negative 400”

This recipe is dark and contrasty, and can be used to create a certain moody look. I think it works best in low-contrast scenes, and does well both indoors and outdoors. This recipe is only compatible (as of this writing) with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3, X-T4 and X-S10 cameras.

Classic Negative
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: 0
Shadow: +4
Color: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: 0
Clarity: -5
Grain Effect: Weak, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: Auto, -2 Red & -4 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)

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

Succulent Faux – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Fabric Leaf – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Holga 120N & Ilford HP5 Plus – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Table Bolsey – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Three Indoor Plants – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Face Masks Are Required – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Speed Stars – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Fish on a Wall – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Waiting for Fish – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Contemplation – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Stroller Ride – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Leaning into the Frame – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Bicycle Here – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Birds in a Dormant Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. Khürt Williams · January 6, 2021


  2. Fred Ranger · January 7, 2021

    Nice work man! I will talk about your receipts on my YT channel! Cheers!

  3. eric festinger · January 26, 2021

    This film simulation looks very nice 🤩 but I don’t feel I got the same look on my pics, which were mostly landscape when I tried.

    As I previously shot film and am new to (Fuji) digital cameras, I was wondering what setting you usually shoot with. More specifically metering, sensitivity, focus, and (P,S,A,M) mode.

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 26, 2021

      Typically it’s multi for metering, sometimes spot. Usually aperture priority, although sometimes shutter or manual. Focus depends on the lens, some I prefer auto and others manual. ISO is most often auto. Each shot is usually different.

      • eric festinger · January 26, 2021

        Thank you Ritchie! I usually shoot with spot metering, f/2, manual focus, and auto ISO. It seems I should try multi for metering 😉

  4. anzio2 · January 27, 2021

    Very nice and original recipe! I’m just trying it and loving it! I love in particular the recipes based on “Classic Negative” film simulation, and this seems really peculiar! And also seems very good (or even better) to use indoor than the others! Thanks a lot Ritchie!!

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 27, 2021

      Thanks! Definitely a good indoor option. You are very welcome!

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  8. David Dagostino · October 14, 2021

    I followed the recipe but the clarity function was greyed out. Please advise. I use a x100v. Thank you.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 14, 2021

      Most likely you are in a continuous shooting mode, which disables Clarity.

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  13. Miguel Tejada-Flores · February 24

    I just tried this recipe out on my newly acquired X-T5 and, in a word, it is… stunning. My thanks to you, once more, Ritchie, for your consummate creativity. I really find the dark, contrasty moodiness of this particular recipe to be both close to the Superia 400 which inspired it, and worthy of acclaim on its own right.

    Here is one of the first (interior) photographs I took with it, just to show you:

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