Fujifilm X70 (X-Trans II) Film Simulation Recipe: Monochrome Red

Houses, Reflected – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70 – “Monochrome Red”

Back when I shot black-and-white film, I usually used a color filter to manipulate the shades of grey, and for landscape photography the Red filter was my most-used option. You cannot use these filters on your Fujifilm camera, but Fujifilm does provide you with three faux filters: +Y, +R, & +G. These mimic the aesthetic of using a Yellow, Red, or Green filter (sort of). In my opinion, +R doesn’t actually replicate the use of a Red filter very well; it’s more like an Orange filter. This recipe is intended to produce a look more similar to a Red filter on black-and-white film, which means that it will darken blues and lighten reds.

I actually created this “Monochrome Red” Film Simulation Recipe several months back on my Fujifilm X-T1, but that camera has a dirty sensor in need of a cleaning, so I never shared the results. Then I moved, and the X-T1 got packed away for awhile. Just recently I purchased a different X-Trans II camera—an X70—so I plugged this recipe into it and began shooting. This is an excellent option if you are looking for a black-and-white recipe, and is especially good for landscape photography.

Sunlit Flowers – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70 – “Monochrome Red”

The “Monochrome Red” recipe is compatible with all X-Trans II cameras. If you have an X-Trans I or Bayer model, the results will be ever slightly different, but very similar, and you can definitely use it—if you have an X-Pro1 or X-T200 or anything like that, feel free to give this recipe a try.

Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: -1 (Medium-Soft)
Shadow: +2 (Hard)
Sharpness: +1 (Medium-Hard)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Fluorescent 1, -4 Red & +7 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400

Exposure Compensation: 0 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs captured on my Fujifilm X70 using this “Monochrome Red” Film Simulation Recipe:

Josh Intently Gaming – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Jonathan with a Smile – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Backlit Jo – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Boy Fishing – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Dock Abstract – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Lock & Chain – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Pole & Chain – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Fishing Pole on Dock – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Young Boy Fishing – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Lakeside Tree – Litchfield Park, AZ – Fujifilm X70

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  1. franklin773e68316a · September 6, 2022

    Love this look!!! When can we get a similar one for the IV?

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 7, 2022

      Interesting idea! I think, currently, the Ilford HP5 Plus 400 is probably the most similar (use Monochrome+R).

  2. outkasted · September 7, 2022

    Simply Awesome I will lock this recipe in for my Xpro3. I will take your Ilford suggestion

    • nathalieboucry · September 7, 2022

      The Ilford HP5 Plus 400 is fantastic. I’m sure you will love it!

  3. Francis.R. · September 7, 2022

    Very soothing photographs, which is fantastic considering the days there were quite heated. I will apply it for metal shining under the sun : )

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 7, 2022

      Very heated indeed! Understatement of the year, lol! 🤣 Thank you for your kind words 😀

  4. Roger van Egmond · September 9, 2022

    What is the reason a physical red filter won’t work with a digital camera?

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 10, 2022

      It will work on a monochrome-only sensor, but the way the color array works on color sensors, you end up with a low-contrast muddy image (trust me, I tried). So, you can use the filter, but it doesn’t render anything like it does on B&W film.

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