Top 20 Most Popular Film Simulation Recipes of 2020

Here are the Top 20 most popular film simulation recipes of 2020! I used page views to rank these recipes. Those with Kodak, Kodachrome or Portra in the name are quite popular. More than half of these use Classic Chrome as the base. It’s interesting to compare these to the 12 most popular recipes of December 2020. Only one black-and-white recipe made this list, which isn’t too surprising because color is more popular than monochrome. No Bayer, X-Trans I or X-Trans II recipes found their way into the top 20, only X-Trans III and X-Trans IV.

Without further ado, here are the Top 20 most popular film simulation recipes of 2020:

#1: Fujifilm X-T30 Kodachrome 64

Traffic Lamp – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodachrome 64”

#2: Fujifilm X100V Kodachrome 64

Spring Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodachrome 64”

#3: Fujifilm X100F Kodak Portra 400

May Clouds Over Wasatch – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X100F – “Kodak Portra 400”

#4: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Kodachrome II

From Dust to Dust – Great Sand Dunes NP, CO – Fujifilm X-Pro2 – “Kodachrome II”

#5: Fujifilm X100F Vintage Kodachrome

Weber River Autumn – Uintah, UT – Fujifilm X100F – “Vintage Kodachrome”

#6: Fujifilm X100V Kodak Portra 400

Journal – North Salt Lake, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Portra 400”

#7: Fujifilm X-T30 Eterna

Neon Reflection – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Eterna”

#8: Fujifilm X100F Classic Chrome

Closed Drive Thru Window – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X100F – “Classic Chrome”

#9: Fujifilm X-T30 Kodak Portra 160

Goosenecks – Goosenecks SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodak Portra 160”

#10: Fujifilm X-T30 Kodak Portra 400

Pink Tree Bloom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodak Portra 400”

#11: Fujifilm X100F Fujicolor Superia 800

Goodyear – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Fujicolor Superia 800”

#12: Fujifilm X100F CineStill 800T

Where Was Your Head That Day? – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100F – “CineStill 800T”

#13: “Classic Negative” for X-Trans III

November Morning – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20 – “‘Classic Negative’ for X-Trans III”

#14: Fujifilm X100V Cine Teal

Sunlit Tree Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Cine Teal”

#15: Fujifilm X100F Kodak Ektar 100

Open Fountain – Brigham City, UT – Fujifilm X100F – “Kodak Ektar 100”

#16: Fujifilm X-T30 Kodacolor

Vintage Sunset – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodacolor”

#17: Fujifilm X-T30 Kodak Gold 200

Outside 7-Eleven – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodak Gold 200”

#18: Fujifilm X100V Classic Negative

Boy in the Window Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Classic Negative”

#19: Fujifilm X100V Kodak Tri-X 400

Wrong Way – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Tri-X 400”

#20: Fujifilm X100V Fujicolor Superia 100

Grandmother & Grandson – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Fujicolor Superia 100”

You can find these film simulation recipes and many more on the Fuji X Weekly app!

Which one of these 20 recipes is your favorite? Which recipe do you use that didn’t make this list? Let me know in the comments!

16 comments

  1. Johan · 13 Days Ago

    Thanks for the list! I also started using the app (and became a patron 😉 ). It would be great if the filter options in the app would also include filtering on white balance (e.g. only film simulations that use the AWB setting, or Daylight).
    Thanks for your hard work in creating those recipes!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 13 Days Ago

      I appreciate the input! Once I get the Android app out, I’m going to work hard to get a nice update to the app published that will add some great functionality and make it better. Some additional filter options are a part of the plan. Thank you for your support!

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      • Jay Altman · 4 Hours Ago

        Any idea when the Android version will be available? I’m checking it out on my ipad but it would great to have on my phone on the go.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 1 Hour Ago

        Hopefully soon! There’s been some obstacles, but we’re moving past them now.

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  2. Andrey · 13 Days Ago

    Interesting statistics, thanks!
    Not so long ago I have been using recipes, and so far my favorites are ACROS 100 and AGFA SCALA 200x.
    Thanks a lot for your work!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 13 Days Ago

      Thank you for the comment! I’m not sure why the B&W recipes aren’t as popular, there are so many good ones! I’m glad that you like those two.

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  3. Mark C · 13 Days Ago

    Your list is no surprise to me. I get the feeling that most Fujifilm users are photographers that started with or grew up using film cameras. This list shows the nostalgia and love we have for the films of yesterday. I love and use most of these simulations on the list, just something about the look and feel of those films and film simulations. I also have Velvia very close to the top of my list, which for me was a film I fell in love with the first time I used it.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 12 Days Ago

      Thanks so much, Mark! I think you are right, a lot of Fujifilm users used to shoot film, and of course Kodak was the most popular film-maker (probably still is). Like you, my opinion is that Velvia was/is such an incredibly great film. I appreciate the input!

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  4. Khürt Williams · 13 Days Ago

    I think the pattern is seasonal. Some recipes work better in particular situations than others. For example, it’s winter in New Jersey, and the skies are mostly cloudy all day. 🤪 I think I’ve seen the sun twice today. Your Classic Chrome recipe is my favourite colour film simulation recipe, and your Kodak T-Max 400 is my favourite monochrome recipe. I think Classic Chrome and Kodak T-Max 400 are perfect for the flat light.

    Over the summer, I used Kodak Portra 160 and Kodak Portra 400 more. The images had a bright warm summer vibe. I think Kodak Ektar 100 would be great too.

    In the spring, when my wife and I hiked the greening woods and forests around the area (with lots of social distancing), I found Kodak Ektar 100 produced the vibrant results I wanted.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 12 Days Ago

      Awesome! Yeah, it absolutely makes sense that it’s seasonal, because some recipes work better in different lights and colors. I bet each month the Top 10 (or 12 or 20) would be somewhat different. That would be interesting to study. Thanks for the input!

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  5. Dick · 12 Days Ago

    Thanks for your mails – my favourites with my Fuji X100V are the Classic Negative and the Kodak Tri-X 400.
    I also have Leica’s and that may declare my b/w love ?

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  6. raj · 8 Days Ago

    As usual top-notch post. Also, congrats for a successful 2020, hoping for better 2021… But here’s the thing. How did you find out which recipes are more popular? is it just through site visitors or comments and other sources as well?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 8 Days Ago

      It’s based off of page-views on the site (WordPress keeps track of it); the most “popular” recipes are the ones that were viewed the most (I have no idea if page-views equal actual use). It’s not a perfect method, but it’s the best I have. With the app, I have no idea which ones are used most (I don’t track anything on the app).

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  7. Jonas Khan · 3 Days Ago

    Hi there.
    I have been using your film simulations for some weeks now. And while I respect the work put into these profiles I’m afraid I have to say they do not match the results I expected. I wonder if the mistake is on my side because so many people praise these film simulations so highly – even say this is what made them buy into the Fuji system. Let me explain: I have been using LR presets which I absolutely adore for more than a year now. They simulate various film also. I use Fuji 400H and ektar 100 among others. Trying to duplicate the results with your simulations failed on a jpeg sooc. The jpegs do not even look similar. If I tweak the jpegs by adjusting exposure and white balance, the difference becomes more acceptable, however, still not close enough for my liking. But then again, why shoot jpeg if I have to use some post processing anyway?
    I consider myself quite experienced when it comes to editing and evaluating photos. I have never shot film myself, though. I do believe the LR presets I use are very accurate if I compare the results with other resources on the net. So, is there anything I still have to change or consider? I have been shooting Canon in the past and for the last three years Sony exclusively. I’m new to Fuji and oh yes, I shoot an x100V – could be useful this information…
    Best
    Jonas

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 2 Days Ago

      There’s a lot to unpack here. First, in Lightroom, there are pretty much unlimited options for creating a look. Even so, presets aren’t 100% matched to film, they cannot be. Fujifilm cameras have very limited options compared to Lightroom, which makes achieving perfect results even more difficult (really, impossible). The next thing to consider is that one film can have many different aesthetics, depending on how it’s shot, developed, and scanned and/or printed, so a preset or recipe might mimic one look and not the many other possible looks from that film. You would need a preset or recipe to mimic each possible aesthetic.
      The two examples that you give are two different stories. I’ll start with Ektar 100 (the X100V recipe, not the X100F). It was created by studying examples of the film compared to identical pictures captured with a Fujifilm X camera. The results from the recipe are a very close match to the film, but they aren’t perfect, in part because Fujifilm cameras max out at +4 Color, partly because there needs to be intermediate options between Highlight and Shadow adjustments (the X-T4 has this, but not the X100V), and partially because there needs to be intermediate options on WB Shift. Even with these limitations, it was amazing to me just how close the Fujifilm pictures looked compared to the actual film pictures. Again, so much depends on how the film was shot, developed, etc.
      Fuji Pro 400H is one that I’ve never been able to faithfully reproduce on Fujifilm cameras, especially overexposed 400H (which is the look that most people seem to want). I’ve tried many times, but I’m not satisfied with what I’ve been able to create. I would say that recipe is “as close as I can get” but isn’t nearly as close as I’d like it to be.
      I hope this is helpful information to you. I hope that you find a recipe that you like. I appreciate the comment!

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