Fujifilm X-Trans IV Film Simulation Recipe: Fujicolor C200

Blooming Pink – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4 “Fujicolor C200”

I’ve been asked at least a dozen times—probably more—to create a Fujicolor C200 film simulation recipe. I’ve tried a few different times, but I never felt that I got close enough. A couple of recipes came out of those experiments, but a C200 recipe remained elusive. The good news is that George Coady (check out his Instagram) figured it out! Yea! George has a lot of experience shooting actual Fujicolor C200 film, and he experimented using X RAW Studio until he got the recipe right. I had a very small hand in tweaking it, but really George did all the work. He gave me permission to publish his recipe here. Thanks, George!

Fujifilm introduced Fujicolor C200 in 1990 as a low-budget, no frills color negative film. I’ve shot several rolls of it over the years, although it was never my go-to option. Fujifilm gave it a small refresh in 2017, and it’s still available today. Even though C200 is a cheap color film, it has a cult-like following, and many people enjoy its aesthetic and choose it over more expensive emulsions.

Red Chairs in a Yard – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Fujicolor C200”

This recipe looks great! In high-contrast situations DR400 does better to protect highlights than DR200, but in low-contrast situations DR200 produces better contrast. After awhile I decided to set my camera to DR400 and adjust it to DR200 when the situation calls for it. The pictures in this article are a mix of DR200 and DR400. The White Balance Shift can be set to -4 Blue, which can sometimes be more accurate to the film, or -2 Blue, which can sometimes be more accurate to the film, because one film can have many different looks depending on how it was shot, developed, and scanned or printed, but -3 Blue does well for all-around use. Because this recipe requires a half adjustment to Highlight & Shadow, it’s only compatible with the Fujifilm X-T4, X-S10 and X-E4, although if you use Highlight 0 and Shadow -1 it’s pretty close to the same, which opens it up for use on the X100V and X-Pro3.

Classic Negative
Dynamic Range: DR400 (DR200 in low contrast situations)
Highlight: +0.5
Shadow: -0.5
Color: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpeness: -3
Clarity: -3
Grain Effect: Weak, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Off
White Balance: Daylight, 0 Red & -3 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Fujicolor C200 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-E4:

Red Palms – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Red Chair – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Fairy & Elf – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Throw Pillows – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
R&R BBQ – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Restaurant Counter – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Standing Tall – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Sour Honey – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Large Leaf – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Blooming Branch – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Yellow Bush – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
If a Tree Falls Does Anyone Hear? – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Up The Trunk – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Trailers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4

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22 comments

  1. Connor Lengkeek · May 13

    This looks great! I actually just shot two rolls of FujiC200 and used Xraw studio to try and replicate it. I found that I was able to get pretty close with: Pro Neg Hi, DR200, WBAuto -1,-2, H+1 S+1 C+2, NR -3, Sharpen -1, Grain weak
    Even if its not that close I still really am liking the look of it, it feels like a fuji colour negative film at least. Let me know what you think!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 14

      What’s most important is that it works for you! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Those that don’t have Classic Negative and such will appreciate it, I’m sure. I’ll dial it in to my X-T30 and give it a try.

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  2. Larissa · May 14

    Hello, how could I adapt it to XT 3 ?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · May 16

      Unfortunately you can’t, until Fujifilm gives the X-T3 the Classic Negative film simulation and the other new JPEG options (I’m still crossing my fingers that they will). Maybe give Connor Lengkeek’s suggestion (in the comment above) a try? I’m sorry that I’m not more helpful.

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  4. ansch76 · May 21

    How do you make a 0.5 tone curve adjustment?

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  6. Sébastien Gagné · July 19

    I used this recipe on X100V going +1/-1 for the tone curve and mistakenly used Classic Chrome instead of Classic Neg and the results are really good! Sometimes, good things come out of mistakes. Will also try it with Classic Neg to compare. Thanks for sharing your recipes. They made me fall in love with photography again.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · July 20

      I like “happy accidents” myself, that’s how a few recipes have come about. I’ll have to try it with Classic Chrome. Thanks for sharing this tip!

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  7. skor · August 1

    I’d like a recipe dedicated to x100f.

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  11. Kay · 28 Days Ago

    Awesome work, awesome recipe! What Shadow/Highlight settings should i use to get this right on the x100v?

    -kay-

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