Fujifilm X-T30 (X-Trans IV) Film Simulation Recipe: Velvia v2

Sunset Cyclists – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Velvia v2”

I’ve been wanting to create a new Velvia recipe for awhile now. The previous version is bold, but sometimes produces too much contrast. This recipe is actually a little closer to my original Velvia recipe, but with even less contrast yet with more saturation. This Velvia v2 recipe doesn’t closely mimic any specific version of Velvia film, yet it still retains an overall Velvia-like aesthetic.

Velvia is a high-saturation, low-ISO color reversal (slide) film introduced in 1990. I’ve shot many rolls of it, mostly the original ISO 50 version, but also the “new” Velvia 50, Velvia 100F and Velvia 100 emulsions. Of those films, this recipe is probably closest to Velvia 100, but not exactly like it.

Brown Reflection – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Velvia v2”

This film simulation recipe is intended for the Fujifilm X-T30 and X-T3 cameras. If you have “newer” X-Trans IV cameras, you might consider Color Chrome Effect Blue set to Weak, Grain set to Weak and Small, and Clarity set to +2 perhaps. If you have an X-Trans III camera, which doesn’t have Color Chrome Effect, you can still use this recipe, but the results will be slightly different. Those with GFX cameras can also use this recipe, and it will look very close but not exactly the same.

Velvia
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: -1
Shadow: -1
Color: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: 0
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Auto, 0 Red & 0 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs, captured using a Fujifilm X-T30 with this Velvia v2 film simulation recipe:

March Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Reeds in Evening Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Water Under The Bridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Muddy Water – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Ducks in the Shallow Water – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Flying Seagull – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Evening Gull – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Utah Reeds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Evening Cloud Over The Ridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Grass, Pond & Mud – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Sunset Puddle – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Marsh Sunset – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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8 comments

  1. Mark Healey · February 16

    Hi Ritchie, another very interesting recipe. I use Velvia a lot and have tried various settings. Just wondered why you set noise reduction to -4, what are you trying to achieve?

    Mark

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 17

      I feel as though Fujifilm applies Noise Reduction a little too heavy-handed. Using -4 NR achieves slightly sharper results. But for web viewing, and really, even prints that are 18″ x 24″ or smaller, it’s difficult to notice the difference between -4 and 0 NR, and even from -4 to +4 it’s not a huge difference. I appreciate the comment!

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      • Mark Healey · February 17

        Thanks for your reply. I hope you realise how much more people get out of their cameras because of you. Thank you.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · February 17

        I appreciate your kind words so much! Thank you!

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  2. thedullchannel · February 17

    This is going to be a great recipe for when the dull grey German winter is over ;-)….seriously can’t wait to try it out in the Royal Parks nearby with the green lawns, colorful flower beds and the baroque and romanticist buildings.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 17

      Sounds amazing! Wishing a quick end to winter for you!

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    • Vladimir · February 17

      Do you think the recipe is not suitable for shooting in winter? Why?

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      • thedullchannel · February 17

        I think Velvia is best used to accentuate colors. Here everything is kind of grey outside. But sure you could still use it I guess.

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