Fujifilm X-Pro3 (X-Trans IV) Film Simulation Recipe: Standard Provia

Clearing Clouds Over Winter Ridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3 – “Standard Provia”

This Film Simulation Recipe is the first in what will be a series, which will encompass several Fujifilm generations (not just X-Trans IV). I’m not exactly sure how many recipes will be in this series, but the intention is at least one for each film simulation offered by Fujifilm. This first recipe is compatible with X-Trans IV because Fujifilm sent me an X-Pro3 to try, and I have to return it soon, so I’m using it as much as practical so that I can write a review. The intention of this series is to customize each film simulation to optimization the aesthetic that Fujifilm intended. In other words, make a nice-looking recipe that is similar to yet better than the stock look of a film simulation. This first recipe, which I’ve titled simply Standard Provia, is my optimization of the Provia film simulation.

The Provia film simulation is not a facsimile of Provia slide film. I think Fujifilm just wanted to use the brandname for their “standard” colors, but there’s quite a divergence between the film simulation and the film. This recipe isn’t intended to mimic the film, but simply produce good results with the Provia film simulation (without modifying the overall aesthetic too much). The Provia film simulation is one of my least utilized, but I do believe this recipe makes good use of it.

Backlit Ivy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3 “Standard Provia”

Because this recipe uses Clarity and Color Chrome FX Blue, it is only compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II cameras. If you have an X-T3 or X-T30, you could replace Clarity with a diffusion filter and ignore Color Chrome FX Blue and Grain size, and get similar results that will be just a little different.

Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +2
Shadow: +1
Color: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: 0
Clarity: -3
Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: Daylight, -3 Red & 0 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Standard Provia” film simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-Pro3:

Orange Traffic Barrier – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Vape On Main – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Small Table Decor – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Abandoned Ice Chest – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
End Post – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Hanging Around – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Blackberry Leaf in February – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Crossing With Falling Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Cautious Dirt – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3
Winter Storm over Wasatch – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro3

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  1. Khürt Williams · February 17, 2022

    Wow! This one really pops. This would be great for my photo walks in the Spring. Will this work on an X-T3?

    • Khürt Williams · February 17, 2022

      Never mind. I somehow skipped the sentence about using diffusion filters.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 18, 2022

      I’m glad that you like it!

  2. Khürt Williams · February 18, 2022

    Which diffusion filters would you use?

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 18, 2022

      It’s kind of borderline 1/8 or 1/4 Black Pro Mist or 5% or 10% CineBloom. I’m thinking 1/8 or 5% is probably closest.

  3. Andre · February 18, 2022

    Looks interesting! Since it’s comparing with the “regular” Provia, it would’ve been nice to see comparison shots.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 19, 2022

      That’s a great idea. I should have thought of it. I appreciate the feedback!

  4. David · February 18, 2022

    Can someone please provide the simple steps needed to install these simulation recipes on my x-s10 camera? I am totally lost. Do they replace existing recipes or just add to the list? My email is davidvoros51@gmail.com
    Thank you so much in advance

  5. Sergio · February 18, 2022

    Dear Ritchie, thank you for your amazing work.
    I would have preferred to see your recipe-images vs standard images.
    Best regards.

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 19, 2022

      I appreciate the suggestion. I should have done that. Thanks!

  6. Tyler · April 11

    Love this one! In addition I am curious on your general thoughts about having a diffusion filter on the camera by default? I don’t remove mine much at all and am not sure if that’s commonplace

  7. tylersm · April 11

    Love this recipe! In addition, I am curious on your general thoughts about using diffusion filters and how they play into these recipes with the x100v in particular? Thank you for all your work!

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 12

      So I use a 5% CineBloom quite frequently on my X100V, especially if I think I’ll encounter a bright light source or will be shooting at night. I like the 5% because it’s quite subtle and the CineBloom filters don’t have a color cast. When I use the 5% I don’t adjust Clarity, but I also have a 10% that I sometimes use and a 20% that I rarely use. I also have a couple of Black Pro Mist: 1/4 and 1/2… I almost never use the 1/2 because it is too strong, but occasionally I do use the 1/4. With the 10% CineBloom and 1/4 Black Pro Mist I will adjust whatever the Recipe calls for regarding Clarity by +3 or +4. For example, if the Recipe calls for -3 Clarity, I’ll set it to 0 when using those filters, as the filter is acting as the minus Clarity. I hope this all makes sense.

  8. Kiriakos · November 3

    I have used Provia slide film for many years. The results I got from it where more saturated and sharper. The same applies when I use the Provia settings on my X-100 (the original). This recipe looks alittle soft to my eyes.

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 3

      As stated in the article, this Recipe is not intended to mimic Provia film (and the Provia film sim is not an accurate facsimile to the film, either). It’s definitely different. Also, as you noted, the Provia film sim has evolved a bit over the years. On the original EXR cameras, I think it was a tad warmer, with a more heavily-handed sharpening applied.

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