Fujifilm X70 (X-Trans II) Film Simulation Recipe: Classic Kodak Chrome

Road Work Ahead – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70 – “Classic Kodak Chrome”

Earlier this year I started a new Film Simulation Recipe series with the intention of customizing each film simulation to be optimized for 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. The first recipe in this series is Standard Provia, the second is Improved Velvia, and the third is Everyday Astia. Now it’s time for Classic Chrome!

The problem with creating a Classic Chrome recipe for this series is there is already one that optimizes the aesthetic that Fujifilm intended. It already exists! So the challenge, of course, is to create something similar yet different, and hopefully every bit as good as the “old” recipe. Also, I thought to do it for X-Trans II cameras, which have thus far been left out of this series. I call this recipe “Classic Kodak Chrome” because the Classic Chrome film simulation is supposed to resemble a Kodak aesthetic, and this recipe definitely does. Fujifilm would never call the film simulation Kodak Chrome (even if they had the rights to use the brand name), but that doesn’t prevent me from including the Kodak name in my recipe.

Please, Dad—No More Pictures! – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70 – “Classic Kodak Chrome”

Most X-Trans II cameras have the Classic Chrome film simulation, but not all; this “Classic Kodak Chrome” Film Simulation Recipe is only compatible with those X-Trans II cameras with Classic Chrome, such as the X100T, X-E2, X-E2S, X-T1, X-T10, X30, X70, and XQ2 . Unfortunately, this recipe is not compatible with the X100S, X20, and XQ1, even though they are X-Trans II. Those with Bayer models with Classic Chrome can also use this recipe, although it will render slightly different on those cameras.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: -1 (Medium-Soft)
Shadow: 0 (Standard)
Color: +1 (Medium-High)
Sharpness: 0 (Standard)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Auto, +2 Red & -2 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 3200

Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)

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

R2-D2 Junkyard – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Old School Diner – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Three Scary Pumpkins – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Big Intersection – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
In Step – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Old Garage – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Yellow Building Behind White Fence – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Small Neighborhood Flowers – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Autumn Window – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Doll & Toy Museum – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Brick, Tree, Sun – Glendale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Trees & Glass – Glandale, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Tree Tops & Cyan Sky – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Singular Garden Blossom – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70
Pink Summer Blossom – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X70


“Classic Kodak Chrome” recipe
Factory default Classic Chrome

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  1. TheCameraEatsFirst · September 28, 2022

    Looks grrrrrreat! Too bad I can’t use it on an X100S, but I have an X30 (my favourite golden oldie Fuji).

    Your youngest boy has grown so fast! The 2 youngest ones are adorable. They both have grown so fast.

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 28, 2022

      I wish Fujifilm had given the X100S Classic Chrome (they still could… hint, hint, Fujifilm).

      Thank you for your kindness. The older two are more self-conscious so it’s harder to get them to volunteer to be in pictures anymore. The younger two are less patient with the camera—if you don’t get the shot the first try or maybe two, they’re done, because they’re ready to move onto something else.

      I appreciate the comment!

  2. eV · September 29, 2022

    As a X-E2 owner I really love tha t you bought the X70! Thanks for your work! The last three receipes for XTransII are super!

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 29, 2022

      Awesome! Glad that you like them! This one might be my personal favorite.

  3. Amel Hadzic · September 29, 2022

    Live this filmsim. Is it posible on x trans III sensor such as x-t3?

  4. whyinotname · October 4, 2022

    hello, I like your preset, but in your ISO settings I am a little confused, “auto, up to ISO 3200” means in the menu, click on the ISO option, there are three auto auto, is it from these three auto to choose the maximum limit of 3200, or directly set the ISO to 3200?

  5. Lars · December 20

    This recipe is awesome. Is there any chance to get a X-T3 version of this one?

  6. Rust · October 15

    Hello, between Kodachrome II and Classic Kodak Chrome which do you prefer? Is CKC meant to replace II/64?

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 16

      Classic Kodak Chrome is meant to be an alternative to Kodachrome II and Kodachrome 64. Not replace them, but simply be another option, since people have different preferences. I like Classic Kodak Chrome the best, but that’s just my tastes, and others might possibly disagree. I hope that makes sense.

      • Rust · October 22

        Ah I see, thanks! I’ve decided to stick with Kodachrome II for its lower saturation. It looks closest to what my parents used in the early 2000s, though neither of them remember which Kodak stock it was.

      • Ritchie Roesch · October 22

        I’m so glad to hear that that Recipe works well for you! 😀

  7. Moctezuma · 25 Days Ago

    Thank you for the awesome work! Will this series continue? I’m really looking forward for classic negative

    • Ritchie Roesch · 24 Days Ago

      I had intended it to continue, but paused and lost track of it, I guess. I’m glad that you appreciate it!

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