Fujifilm X-T3 & X-T30 Film Simulation Recipe: Kodak Portra 400 v2

Walking on a Bridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodak Portra 400 v2”

This film simulation recipe is a slight variation of my Kodak Portra 400 recipe. It came about after I made a Portra 400 v2 recipe for the newer X-Trans IV cameras, which was created after studying actual examples of the film provided to me by a reader. I wanted to create a similar modification for the X-T3 and X-T30, which became this recipe. One film can have many different looks, depending on how it’s shot, developed, and scanned and/or printed, so this isn’t necessarily a “better” recipe, just a slightly different take on recreating the film’s aesthetic. I really like this one, and I think you will, too!

Portra 400, which is a color negative film, was introduced by Kodak in 1998. It was redesign in 2006 and again in 2010. As the name implies, it’s intended for portrait photography, but can be used for many other types of photography. It’s similar to Portra 160, but with more contrast, saturation and grain. Believe it or not, ISO 400 was considered “high ISO” by many photographers back in the film days, and Portra 400 was one of the absolute best “high ISO” color films ever made. Interestingly, Kodak briefly made a black-and-white version of Portra 400!

Downtownscape – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Kodak Portra 400 v2”

This isn’t exactly a brand-new recipe. It was published as a Patron early-access recipe on the Fuji X Weekly App back on December 1st, so Patrons have had access to it for quite some time. Now another early-access recipe has replaced it, so this one is available to everyone! If you are a Fuji X Weekly Patron, be sure to check out the new early-access recipe in the app.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: -1
Shadow: -1
Color: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -2
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Daylight, +2 Red & -6 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Kodak Portra 400 v2” film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

Blackberry Forest Evening – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Three Backlit Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Tiny Red Berries – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Broken and Boarded – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Window to the City – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Lululemon – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Two Tall Buildings – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Hotel – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Two Cranes – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
A Downtown Cityscape – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30
Moffatt Ct. – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Find these film simulation recipes and many more on the Fuji X Weekly — Film Recipes App!

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  1. ScottSymesPhotography · August 18, 2021

    From your samples, this recipe really shines with front and side lit scenes and becomes very washed out when shooting into the light. This is exactly how I remember Portra behaving when I used to shoot it.

  2. Mattchua · August 29, 2021

    Sorry, what do you mean by White Balance, Daylight, +2 Red & -6 Blue? Does that mean I have to set it to Daylight WB, or that I have to make a custom WB with a +2 Red & -6 Blue shift? Thanks in advance!

  3. Mattchua · August 30, 2021

    So Daylight +2R -6B is totally different from Fluorescent +2R -6B? I can’t just have a custom +2R -6B? Sorry just trying to be clear on this, because custom shift and daylight shift look kinda similar.

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 30, 2021

      You set the White Balance (Daylight, Auto, Fluorescent 1, Kelvin, etc.) first, then “arrow to the right” to set the WB Shift. They are two separate things, but you set WB first and WB Shift second. WB Shift is a subset of WB. It’s a “fine tuning” of the WB. So, no, you cannot just set the WB Shift without first selecting a WB to shift. WB Shift is meaningless (and impossible) without a White Balance, as it is dependent on it.

      • Mattchua · August 30, 2021

        I see, thanks so much for the help!

      • Ritchie Roesch · August 30, 2021

        You are welcome!

  4. SeanPhotography · September 3, 2021

    Hey Ritchie, i appreciate all your hard work in creating these recipes. I currently have an X-T20 and dont have Color Chrome Effect, is there anything I can do to accommodate? Thanks a ton!

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 4, 2021

      The difference between CCE Off and Weak is really minor. The difference between Off and Strong is more significant. There’s not a great way to replicate it. Maybe try the recipe ignoring CCE and see if you like the results.

  5. Millie Williams · September 15, 2021

    Hi! Great images! I was wondering what lens or lenses you used to make these photos. Thanks!

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 16, 2021

      Fujinon 35mm f/2 and 27mm f/2.8. I appreciate your kind words!

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