Fujifilm X-H1 (X-Trans III + X-T3 & X-T30) Film Simulation Recipe: Analog Monochrome

Old Tractor 15 – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1 – “Analog Monochrome”

This film simulation recipe began as an attempt to fulfill a need. You see, there are many Fujifilm cameras (like the X-H1) that are not capable of saving the White Balance Shift within Custom Presets, but there’s a solution: if each Custom Preset uses a different White Balance type, the camera will remember one White Balance Shift per type, and you won’t have to remember to adjust the shift when switching presets. This makes the camera experience more enjoyable.

The problem is that most film simulation recipes use the Auto, Daylight, or Kelvin White Balance types, and you have seven Custom Preset slots. The remaining White Balance types have a limited number of choices. Prior to this recipe, Incandescent had only one option: Eterna Bleach Bypass. Now, if you are using this solution, you can choose either this Analog Monochrome recipe or the Eterna Bleach Bypass recipe—one color and one B&W—for one of your C1-C7 slots.

Doll – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X-H1 – “Analog Monochrome”

I didn’t model this Analog Monochrome recipe after any specific film. Instead, I simply set out to create some settings that look good. This recipe has nice contrast with deep blacks, and whites that are bright yet don’t easily clip. I set Grain to Weak for a clean look, but feel free to try Strong for a grittier look. I feel that it has a very nice classic B&W film aesthetic that some of you will really appreciate.

Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +1
Shadow: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -1
Grain Effect: Weak

White Balance: Incandescent, -8 Red & -8 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured using this “Analog Monochrome” film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-H1:

Minolta SRT303b – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Car Console – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Jon Smiling for the Camera – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Joy Laughing at a Funny Message – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Horse Close Up – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
You Shall Not Pass – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Jesus Loves You! – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Friendly Neighborhood Snowman – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Winter Walking Path – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Farmington Creek in Winter – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Three Ducks in the Creek – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Snow and Creek – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Winter Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Stump In Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Wild Grass in Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1
Melting Snow In The Tall Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-H1

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  1. Tim Matson · January 5, 2022

    winter in bw…full moonlight on sparkling snow 3 above…vt…

    xt30/16 2.8


    • Ritchie Roesch · January 6, 2022

      Do you have a link to this picture? I’d love to see it!

  2. Zeti24 · January 6, 2022

    very nice recipe.
    I’m particularly loving the deep black !
    I will try this set for my next “old camera” shot.

    (I’m pretty sure I can pass 😉 )

  3. rederik75 · January 6, 2022

    Hi Ritchie! Talking about WB types, I often wonder if those specific types are just a certain °K temperature or there is something more than that… Being just a temperature, You may be able to replace a specifiv WB type with the closest °K temperature

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 7, 2022

      I believe they are certain Kelvin temperatures, but it might be more than that. Daylight is 5500K (I think), which you might notice isn’t an option, but 5600K is, so that would be close. I think (for example) the fluorescent options are more than just a Kelvin temperature, but might have a tint (shift) built into them. Incandescent is “usually” around 2700K, but I’m not certain if it is 2700K on Fujifilm, because it’s available; 2750K and 2600K are (oddly) not available, so my guess is that one of those two is Incandescent, but I’m not sure. So, to an extent, you could do this, but it will be slightly different, and it might take some experiments to figure it out. It could be worth trying if it helps.

      • rederik75 · January 11, 2022

        Well, I tried to find the closest match to preset WB and K+shift…
        I used my X-T3 and a picture with a well balanced range, X Raw Studio to apply different white balances.
        The picture was firstly exported with the preset WB, Provia film, no CCR, R0B0 shift.
        Then I started searching the closest WB and after that the better shift.
        These are the results:
        DAYLIGHT: 5000K
        FLUORESCENT 1: 5900K, R4B1
        FLUORESCENT 2: 4300K, R5B-1
        FLUORESCENT 3: 3400K, R7B1
        INCANDESCENT: 3000K
        SHADE: 5900K, R0B-1
        I’m wondering if the reverse is the same: for example if I have a recipe that calls for 5900K and R-1B-1 shift, translate it in Fluorescent-1 with R(-1-4)B(-1-1)…

      • Ritchie Roesch · January 11, 2022

        Very interesting! Some of these are a little surprising. I appreciate you sharing the results!

      • rederik75 · January 11, 2022

        Many thanks to you for all the knowledge you share every day!

      • Ritchie Roesch · January 12, 2022

        I appreciate your kind words!

  4. Jarrelle L · March 4, 2022

    Does the recipes apply to RAW files also?

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 4, 2022

      No. The RAW software (depending on the software) will apply its interpretation of some of the settings, but not all.

  5. othellocacatian · April 4

    this black and white reminds me of YOUSUF KARSH portraits,

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