Fujifilm X-M1 (X-Trans I) Film Simulation Recipe: Classic Analog

Sticks & Dry Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1 – “Classic Analog”

I wanted to create a Portra recipe for X-Trans I cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-M1. All of my Portra recipes are based on the Classic Chrome film simulation, but X-Trans I cameras don’t have Classic Chrome. I did create a recipe for mimicking Kodachrome without Classic Chrome, but that’s intended for X-Trans II cameras, and, while the results are similar, it doesn’t look exactly the same on X-Trans I. This recipe was my attempt at Portra without Classic Chrome, but it’s not quite Portra enough for me to name it Portra. It’s close but no cigar, but it does look nice nonetheless, and I like how it renders pictures on my X-M1.

This was a Patron early-access recipe on the Fuji X Weekly app. Fuji X Weekly Patrons have had the opportunity to use it since December 1st, but now it’s available to everyone! There’s a new Patron early-access recipe for X-Trans I on the app in its place. If you have the app, go check it out!

E.T. – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1 – “Classic Analog”

This recipe also marks the first one that includes a photograph captured by my 11-year-old son, Jonathan. I let him use my X-M1, and I liked one of the pictures he made, which you’ll find further down this article, entitled Frozen Pond Scum. The Fujifilm X-M1 can be found for cheap, and would make a great “first real camera” for a kid. Maybe I’ll give him mine at some point in the future.

Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: -2
Shadow: -1
Color: -2
Sharpness: 0
Noise Reduction: -2
White Balance: Daylight/Fine, +1 Red & -6 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs made using this Classic Analog film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-M1:

Thin Ice – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Falling Water – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Autumn Overcast – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Night at the Lake – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Frozen Drain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Frozen Pond Scum – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1 – Photo by Jonathan Roesch
Irrigation Cover – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Quadruple U’s – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Improbable – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Evening Euonymus – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Blue Sky Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1
Yellow, Lamp – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-M1

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  2. Matt King · February 21, 2021

    Thanks for sharing these recipes.
    I will try them all out. It is a pity we can only save one custom setting at a time on the XM1.

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  3. Chris Dunderdale · June 1, 2021

    Do you have to change the White Balance settings every time (in terms of adjustments to the standard “modes”) or can this also be saved to a pre-set custom? I am using the X-E1

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 1, 2021

      The White Balance can be saved, but the White Balance Shift cannot (except for on the X-Pro3 and newer). You get one Shift per White Balance, so if two recipes call for AWB, but they have two different WB Shifts, you’ll have to adjust the Shift each time.

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      • Carlos F. · September 22, 2021

        Is it possible in the xe4 as well? to save the White Balance Shift

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      • Ritchie Roesch · September 22, 2021

        Yes! The X-E4 can save WB Shift with each custom preset.


  4. nothinghappen · June 23, 2021

    I have just bought very old X10, yea, X10, and it’s made with the X-Trans I, may I ask if the above setting can be applied to the camera? thanks. Reader from Macau, China.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · June 23, 2021

      Actually, the X10 doesn’t have an X-Trans or Bayer sensor. It’s actually an EXR sensor that Fujifilm briefly experimented with. It was pretty revolutionary but never caught on. Samsung’s Tetracell is kind of a similar concept, but not exactly the same.
      Here’s an article that explains it: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x10/9
      As far as your question: I’m not sure. I’ve never used an EXR sensor, so I don’t know how it varies from X-Trans & Bayer. I assume that you can use this recipe, but it might look slightly different. If it does work and looks good, be sure to let me know!

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  5. Wellington Roger · June 30, 2021

    Thank your for taking the time and create these lovely recipes for our lovely X-trans I cameras. I have a X-M1 and just love its colours output.

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  6. Boris Mitendorfer · April 15

    Thank you for the recipe, I love it. But most of all, I would like to see “Kodacolor VR” on my Fuji X-M1 camera. Great contrast, I like that a lot. If, some day, this would be possible, please let me know. Thank you.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · April 16

      Without Classic Chrome that might be tough, but I’ll give it a try. Thank you for your suggestion!


  7. sheva · April 22

    what lense do you use for taking this picture? that looks great!


    • Ritchie Roesch · April 25

      These pictures are a mix of the Fujinon 35mm f/2 and the Fujinon 90mm f/2.


  8. Abe · September 25

    Great Article :). Does the M1 has focus peaking? i knew the E1 & Pro1 had an update for it.


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