My Kodak Max 800 film simulation recipe was modeled after some film I found that had “Kodak GT 800-3” imprinted on the negatives. After some research I found out that it was Kodak Max Zoom 800 (specifically, the third iteration of this film). Kodak Max Zoom 800 was replaced by Kodak Max Versatility Plus 800 in 2006, and those negatives had “Kodak GT 800-4” imprinted on them. Well, I found some more prints plus the negatives, and this film has “Kodak GT 800-5” imprinted on them. I searched and searched, but I didn’t find any information on this film. My suspicion is that Kodak updated the Kodak Max Versatility Plus 800 film in some way, yet kept the name the same, but that’s just a guess—it could be an entirely different emulsion sold under a different name. In other words, I’m pretty sure “Kodak GT 800-5” is a descendant of Kodak Max 800, but I wasn’t able to find any specific information on it.
The 4″ x 6″ prints I found were captured in 2008 while on a day-trip to Sedona, Arizona, and were developed at Walgreens. I’m pretty sure the film was shot using a disposable camera, although I don’t remember why (I remember the trip, but I don’t remember anything specific about the pictures). The prints have a strong warm (red/orange) color cast, are somewhat desaturated, and have dark shadows. I’m not sure if this is due to the film itself, or the development and printing by Walgreens, or because they’re degrading with time, or a combination of all three—perhaps something else entirely, like sitting too long in a hot car (always a possibility in Arizona). Whatever the reason, I thought the aesthetic was interesting, so I recreated it on my Fujifilm X-H1.
A goal of mine for 2022 is to buy a better scanner. I had a “better” one (by better, I simply mean better than what I currently have, because it was mediocre, or really “good enough”), but it stopped working about 10 months ago. This current scanner, which is part of a printer/scanner combination, is particularly bad for some reason. I say all of this because the scan above doesn’t do the print justice, but I wanted to include it anyway to give you an idea where the inspiration for this recipe came from.
This Kodak GT 800-5 film simulation recipe is compatible with all X-Trans III cameras, which include the Fujifilm X-Pro2, X100F, X-E3, X-T2, X-T20, and X-H1. You can also use it on the X-T3 and X-T30 by setting Color Chrome Effect to Off. Because of the particularly warm color cast, this isn’t a recipe that’s for everyone or every situation, but in certain situations this will produce interesting results, and some of you will definitely like it.
PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
White Balance: 7100K, +7 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured using this “Kodak GT 800-5” film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-H1:
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I love the colors !
Also seems to go very well with winter landscapes.
I’m not a big user of recipes myself, rather apply afterwards via a Lut or style.
So as soon as it gets a little less cold here and I can stick a toe out again, I’ll go out for some photos with the recipe to cook a similar Lut out of it afterwards.
Awesome! Hopefully it warms up soon.
Can we use this recipe at x100v, im sory my english bad. Thank you
Yes! You’ll have to set Color Chrome Effect and Color Chrome FX Blue to Off, set Clarity to 0, and you’ll have to decide on Grain size (either Small or Large).
Today I started scanning negatives from a 24 exposure roll of Kodak GT 800-4. I exposed the roll last month. I’m using an Epson Perfection V600 scanner with SilverFast 9 SE scan software and Negative Lab Pro Adobe Lightroom plug-in. It’s a tedious workflow, but it produces excellent results
That does sound tedious, but if it gets you the results you want, then it’s definitely worth it. Was the film expired? It’s my understanding that Kodak stopped production on GT 800-4 awhile ago. Unless they brought it back?
Yes. It was expired film. Very badly stored too. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I purchased it. I think I’ll stay away from expired 35mm film.
Yeah, expired can either be very interesting or very bad, and unfortunately you don’t know how it’s going to go until after it’s been shot. Also, the development has to be changed. I forget the calculation, but extra time has to be given for every so many years expired.