Fujifilm X-Pro3 (X-Trans IV) Film Simulation Recipe: Vintage Color v2

February Reaching – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3 – “Vintage Color v2”

This “Vintage Color v2” recipe is a modification of the original Vintage Color Film Simulation Recipe. In the comments, Thomas Schumacher suggested using Classic Negative instead of Eterna. Sometimes when you try a different film simulation than what the recipe calls for, you discover interesting results. Well, I gave it a try and loved the results; however, I made a couple more modifications. Because Classic Negative has a lot more contrast built into it than Eterna, I chose DR400 (instead of DR200) to help prevent clipped highlights. Classic Negative also has more saturation than Eterna, so I set Color to -1 (instead of +1). I also changed Clarity to -3 (instead of -2) just to soften it a tad. The results produced by this “Vintage Color v2” recipe can be absolutely fantastic!

This recipe has almost two different looks, depending on the exposure. You can reduce exposure a little—go almost low-key—and get a wonderfully moody feel. You can also increase exposure a little—go almost high-key—and achieve something somewhat similar to overexposed Fujicolor Pro 400H. You can get beautiful pictures either way. Or split the difference and still get excellent results.

Pillars – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3 – “Vintage Color v2”

This “Vintage Color v2” recipe is compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II cameras. As a reminder, Clarity causes the camera to pause for a moment after each shot. I use the pause to slow myself down, but if you need to be quick, and if you shoot RAW+JPEG, you can always set Clarity to 0, and add it later by reprocessing the RAW file in-camera.

Classic Negative
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +2
Shadow: +3
Color: -1
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -2
Clarity: -3
Grain Effect: Strong, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Strong
White Balance: 7350K, -1 Red & -4 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs captured using this “Vintage Color v2” film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-Pro3:

High Rise & Moon – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
KeyBank – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Bronze Building – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Bank Above Macy’s – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Boy With Nerf Gun – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Fake Succulent on Table – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
House At Last Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Winter Bloom Remnants – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Frozen Pond near Sunset – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Grass & Frozen Waterway – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Wild Gold – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Backlit Marsh Reed – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3

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  1. Justin · February 7, 2022

    Looks great. Thanks for sharing. I’ll give it a try.

  2. Justin Arkinson · February 8, 2022

    Hi RichieI am changing from Android to Apple.Is there a way I can carry my subscription over to the IOS app or do I need to purchase again?ThanksJustinjustinarkinson@googlemail.com

  3. Albert · February 8, 2022

    Hi Ritchie, I absolutely love your simulations and find they do well for landscapes, cityscapes and street shooting. However, for portraits and skin tones they tend to look unnatural often times with less than desirable results.

    Can you post your favorite simulations for portraits, wedding, general people shots? Ideal wb settings and other tweaks you suggest?

    Again many thanks for the effort you’ve put in to building this community. Your work is appreciated by many.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 8, 2022

      It’s all personal taste and lighting. For example, some people use Kodak Portra 400 or Kodak Portra 400 v2 for professional portrait photography, and some might say those look unnatural, so it’s very subjective. Some people love the different Superia recipes for portraits and weddings, but others would never think of using those. The recipe that I use most often for portrait photography is this one:
      Although some might not like it. So there’s not really a set of recipes that are universally liked for portrait photography, but hopefully you find one that works for you–your tastes, style, lighting, etc. I hope this helps!

  4. Jimi · February 9, 2022

    Immediate like! Dialed it in, can’t wait to give it a try.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this one gets a permanent slot on my camera: I’m all for the color botch that NC film simulation usually gives, plus I do like the Fujicolor Pro 400H recipe.

    Thanks for this one!

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