Fujifilm X-Trans IV Film Simulation Recipe: Serr’s 500T

11th Street – Astoria, OR – Fujifilm X100V – “Serr’s 500T”

Back in May of 2021, a really cool video by Serr (Instagram, YouTube) appeared on YouTube called Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipes That Will Make You Stop Shooting RAW. It features three Film Simulation Recipes: two by me—LomoChrome Metropolis and Xpro ’62—and the third was my Bright Summer recipe slightly modified. If you haven’t seen the video, be sure to watch it! Anyway, Serr contacted me recently to share a Film Simulation Recipe that he created, which was inspired by ISO 500 Tungsten motion picture film. I gave his recipe a try and really liked it! Serr gave me permission to publish his recipe on this website and the Fuji X Weekly App.

If you are searching for a good blue-hour and nighttime Film Simulation Recipe, this is one you should try! I used it recently in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Astoria, Oregon, and was impressed with the results. I invite you, if you will be photographing after dark anytime soon, to give this recipe a try—you’ll be glad that you did! I suspect that this will become a favorite recipe for some of you.

Night Statue – Jackson Hole, WY – Fujifilm X100V – “Serr’s 500T”

This recipe is compatible with the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II cameras. For those with an X-T3 or X-T30, you can use this recipe but you’ll have to ignore Grain size and Color Chrome FX Blue—the results will be slightly different, but pretty close. Those with X-Trans III cameras will additionally have to ignore Color Chrome Effect. Because Clarity is set to 0 in this recipe, I used a 5% CineBloom filter on my X100V for these pictures—alternatively, you could set Clarity to -2 and get similar results.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: -2
Shadow: -1
Color: -1
Noise Reduction: -2
Sharpness: -1
Clarity: 0
Grain Effect: Strong, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Strong
White Balance: 3200K, -1 Red & +4 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using “Serr’s 500T” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

Dairy Maid – Warrenton, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Cold Nights – Jackson Hole, WY – Fujifilm X100V
Magic Fork – Astoria, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Salmon – Astoria, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Walking Tadziu – Jackson Hole, WY – Fujifilm X100V
Street Reflection – Astoria, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Stop Do Not Enter – Astoria, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Night Shoes – Astoria, OR – Fujifilm X100V
Night Vacuums – Astoria, OR – Fujifilm X100V
CocoLove – Jackson Hole, WY – Fujifilm X100V

Find this film simulation recipes and over 200 more on the Fuji X Weekly — Film Recipes App!


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  2. Serge tremblay · March 22, 2022

    Good evening,
    I took tonight photos using this simulation. On the whole they are very good. But, I noticed an important presence of grain… is it the same for you with your pictures?
    I am using a X100V.
    Thank you

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 23, 2022

      Yes, lots of grain. You can “season to taste” and lower the Grain size and/or strength.

  3. Serge Tremblay · March 23, 2022

    Thank you, I hadn’t thought of reducing the grain effect in the simulation data…
    Have a nice day!

  4. Dustin · April 2, 2022

    This might sound reductive but is the main noticable difference between this and the Cinestill 800t sim is the bluer hue compared to the greens of the Cinestill? I’m sure there’s more nuance to it.

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 2, 2022

      This recipe is a little more blue, more like the Jeff Davenport Night recipe (but not exactly the same).

  5. Joseph · January 21

    Used this for beautiful night time fog coverage we had. Taken with my x100f, and a black mist 1/4, came out beautifully. Added a slight halation in post to give it a cinestill-ish look, but slightly different. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    Here are some of the shots, if you’d like to see: https://www.instagram.com/p/CnqQN3rO2sc/?igshid=Yzg5MTU1MDY=

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