Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Ilford Ortho Plus 80

760 – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Ilford Ortho Plus 80”

Many years ago I used to develop my own black-and-white film. It required removing the film from the cassette, winding it around a developing reel, and placing the reel into a developing canister—all in complete darkness! It was very tricky. If you didn’t get the film wound onto the reel quite right, it could ruin the film during development. When people think of darkrooms, they often think of dipping photosensitive papers into tubs of chemicals in dim amber light. This red light is called a safelight, and it’s safe for photographic paper, but not safe for undeveloped photographic film—that’s why you have to get the film from the cassette to the canister in complete darkness.

Ilford Ortho Plus 80 film is different, as it’s orthochromatic, which means it’s sensitive to blue and green light but not red, making it possible to transfer the film from the cassette to the canister under a safelight. This film was introduced in 2019, so it hasn’t been around very long. It produces sharp, fine-grain images that are fairly contrasty for a low-ISO film, and reds will be rendered dark. I’ve never used this film myself, so I relied on pictures I found on the internet to create this recipe. With film, how it’s shot, developed, and printed or scanned can have a big impact on how it looks, and that’s certainly a challenge for creating a facsimile on Fujifilm cameras, but I think this one is pretty close from the pictures I’ve seen. It also seems to be in the neighborhood of Washi S 50.

Monochrome Country – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Ilford Ortho Plus 80

I set Monochromatic Color (Toning) to WC +1 because many of the examples that I found had some warm toning (not sure if it’s in-software after scanning or from toned prints or both), but it’s completely optional, you can set WC to 0 if you prefer. This recipe is intended for newer X-Trans IV cameras, such as the Fujifilm X100V, X-T4, X-Pro3 and X-S10, and isn’t compatible with other cameras; however, if you disregard Clarity you can achieve something similar on the X-T3 and X-T30, but it won’t be exactly the same (feel free to try).

Monochrome+G
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +2
Shadow: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +2
Clarity: -2
Toning: WC +1, MG 0

Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Off
White Balance: 7000K, -5 Red & 0 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Ilford Ortho Plus 80 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

Thorns of Nature – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Monochrome Berries – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Icy River – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Zipping – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Playground Boy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Silhouette Playground – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Canvas Moon – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Cat & Salmon – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Fedex Delivery – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Locked Box – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Emotion Through Glass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Tablet Play – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Arizona Film – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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17 comments

  1. fwcg · January 25

    Hi Ritchie,

    Thanks for the new b&w recipe. I really like the Zipping photo. Have a good week.

    Eileen

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Daniel Iroh · January 25

    Gonna try it out this week, thanks Ritchie!

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  3. thedullchannel · January 25

    I try to see what kind of result I get on an X-T3….thanks. I recognize my own kid glued to the tablet in your picture 😉

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    • Ritchie Roesch · January 25

      Lol! It’s amazing how quickly little kids figure out how to operate tech stuff.

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  4. hofnarr · January 26

    This one is a big hit, for me. Should bring my b&w work with the X100V some steps further. Thank you so much!

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  5. Mjk · January 30

    Love this look. Ortho is one of my favorite films. Going to give this a try today.

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  6. eeuw · February 1

    Great sim! Thank you for this one. I have noticed my camera takes longer to process this look than most other sims. Do you confirm on that? Have a great day.

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    • eeuw · February 1

      I just found out it’s “clarity” setting that’s slowing things down a little bit. No worries. I go slow too..

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 1

        Clarity does, in fact, slow it down. Enabling Boost Mode helps a little, but it’s still slow.

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  7. Ronn Thwaites · February 2

    Many thanks for this; looking forwards to trying out on the X100V

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  8. Andrea DeMarco · March 12

    Love this look. I’m seeing a brownish/chocolatey tint in these samples. Where would that be coming from in terms of the applied simulation settings? Will be trying this on my X100F (unfortunately I’ll have to do without clarity and colour chrome effect), but I’ll try apply clarity in post on CaptureOne.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 15

      That’s from the B&W Toning, something that the X100F doesn’t have. You could add that in post if you’d like. I’m glad that you like it!

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  9. Law He · 11 Days Ago

    can I use this black and white recipe for Fujifilm XE3 model and XT-1 model camera?

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