Kodachrome 64 — Fujifilm X-T5 (X-Trans V) Film Simulation Recipe

Pilot – Cordes Lakes, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Kodachrome 64”

This isn’t a new Film Simulation Recipe; it’s simply a slight modification of my Kodachrome 64 recipe for X-Trans IV cameras to make it compatible with X-Trans V models. The adjustments are pretty simple: set Color Chrome FX Blue to Off and Shadow to +0.5. Why the Color Chrome FX Blue adjustment? I discovered that with Classic Chrome (and some other film simulations), X-Trans V cameras render blue deeper. Why the change to Shadow? I stated in the X-Trans IV version, “I would set Shadow to +0.5 if I were using these settings on [a] camera [with that option].” With those two modifications, the Kodachrome 64 recipe is ready for your Fujifilm X-Trans V camera!

Kodachrome was a brand-name of color reversal film made by Kodak between 1935 and 2009. There were three eras of Kodachrome: 1935-1960, 1961-1973, and 1974-2009. Each era produced a slightly different look, and the third era is the one you’re probably most familiar with. This recipe is intended to mimic the aesthetic of the third era of Kodachrome, specifically the ISO 64 emulsion.

Arizona Bougainvillea – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Kodachrome 64”

This Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe is intended for Fujifilm X-Trans V models, which (as of this writing) include the X-H2, X-H2S, and X-T5 cameras. It’s compatible with newer GFX models too, but will likely render slightly different on those cameras. Those with an X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, or X-T30 II, try the Kodachrome 64 recipe for those models (click here). Those with an X-T3 or X-T30, try the Kodachrome 64 recipe for those cameras (click here). For those with an X-Trans II model, there’s a Kodachrome 64 recipe for you, too (click here).

Film Simulation: Classic Chrome
Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome FX Blue: Off
White Balance: Daylight, +2 Red & -5 Blue
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: 0
Shadow: +0.5
Color: +2
Sharpness: +1

High ISO NR: -4
Clarity: +3
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Kodachrome 64” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X-T5:

Palm Tree Closeup – Palo Verde, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Abandoned Mobile Home – Arlington, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Store & Bar – Hassayampi, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Narrow Bridge – Arlington, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Concrete Railroad Ties & Steel Bridge – Arlington, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Gillespie Dam – Arlington, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Gila River Reeds – Arlington, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Flag, Bell, Cross – Arlington, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Princess Garden – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Secret Garden – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Blossomed Garden Rose – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Farm Truck – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Wall Shadow & Empty Pot – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Dusk Lamp – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Girl on Swing – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Desert Sunset – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5

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  1. David · November 28, 2022

    Just a shout-out and thanks for getting these out so quick for the X-T5 (and X-H2) users…was going to ask if you had plans to update the app with these…and that’s because I always have the app on my phone and part of my process is to think about what recipe to use – exactly the same way I would think about which film to load. and Voila…look the app is already updated with a bunch of recipes already. Thanks !

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 28, 2022

      You are very welcome! I’m going through all the X-Trans IV recipes, trying to make sure that they still looks “right” on X-Trans V… the ones that do will be added to the app (might take me several days or longer to get them all), and the ones that don’t will have to be adjusted, if possible (might take me a few months to get through all of them, though). It’ll get done eventually… 😀

  2. chichionly · November 29, 2022

    Hi, greeting from China, sorry for my poor English. Your website is really famous in China ! Thanks for sharing such great work with us ! I always check your website once a week, to see if any recipe updated (related to X-H2). Again, thank you so much for sharing this with us, 谢谢

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 29, 2022

      You are very welcome! I’m really honored. More recipes for your X-H2 will be coming soon!

  3. chimchim123 · December 16

    I just purchased the XT-5 and I’m very happy to see that Kodachrome64 is available!! 🙂 Thanks Ritchie! If I may request a recipe…SantaColor for the XT5 would be amazing!!!! Thanks for all your amazing work 🙂

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 19

      I appreciate your kindness! I’ll definitely look at SantaColor to see what adjustments might be necessary. 😀

  4. Mike Charbonneau · December 23

    Hi. First, thanks for this wonderful site and all of your recipes. It really enhances the experience of shooting with a Fuji camera. I did have a question: went ahead and created the recipe for Kodachrome 64 on my X-T5 but noticed there’s a Tone Curve option in my menu that isn’t listed in the recipe. I presume I just leave it as is?

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 23

      Tone Curve is where you’ll find Highlight and Shadow. I appreciate your kindness!

  5. Jorge Araujo · December 25

    Hi, thanks for all your work on these recipes. I just got my XT5 and was putting in the kodachrome64 but the clarity option is greyed out for me not sure why… any suggestions?

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 27

      I have three guesses:
      1) you are in a continuous shooting mode, either CL or CH, and not S. Continuous shooting modes disable Clarity.
      2) you are in HDR and not S. I have accidentally bumped mine from S to HDR a couple of times when adjusting the ISO. HDR disables Clarity.
      3) you are saving in HEIF and not JPEG. HEIF disables Clarity.
      I hope this helps!

      • Mike Charbonneau · December 28

        Ah, yes. Had bumped the switch to HDR. Thanks!

  6. gaspertim · January 10

    Thank you for these recipes. I will add them know the XT-1 and see how they look. I still have Kodachrome 25 and 64. Am pretty sure I will not be able to get a somewhat good comparison as for the age of the film. BUT, I will see how other recipes compare to other films which are new. I am applying recipes to the Nikon D600 and maybe other digital cameras and will also look at comparisons, if you feel it might be similar? Thank you again.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 11

      I have some recipes for Nikon Z. The color science, approach, and output is significantly different between Fujifilm and Nikon.

  7. Paul · January 15

    Hi! Is there any substitute for clarity? Really hate the “storring” part 🙂

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 16

      For a minus Clarity, a diffusion filter is a good alternative, but for plus Clarity, I don’t think there is. Perhaps a lens with high micro-contrast (maybe Zeiss?)?

      The Storing pause is a little annoying, but I try to use it as a pause for myself, to slow me down (it’s about the same amount of time as advancing to the next frame on a film camera). I think it can be beneficial, but I definitely understand that it isn’t always practical, especially for certain genres of photography. Fujifilm’s solution is to set Clarity to 0, and add it later by reprocessing in-camera or with X RAW Studio afterwards. I don’t think this is a great solution, either, but it is another option.

  8. Just a quick note, Ritchie, to express my thanks. This is a superb update to an already great recipe. And, YES, it seriously and subtly improves how this recipe renders images on my X-T5.

    • Ritchie Roesch · May 3

      Awesome! So glad to hear it! I appreciate your kindness. 😀

  9. Politically Incorrect Puppy · June 24

    Ritchie, how do I adjust the following?

    Clarity: +3
    ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
    Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)

  10. Carlos López (clopezi) · September 5

    Hi Ritchie!

    This it’s a “generic” question and it’s suits to many posts. I’ve been using DR400 on so many pictures, but I’ve recently do a little test. I’ve tested DR100 vs DR400 and the difference it’s amazing, with DR100 the images are a lot more punchy, and with DR400 a lot of details, especially clouds, are flat. I’ve been on Fuji ecosystem for 3 years and on my mind this was a very nice trick recommended for a lot of Fuji youtubers.

    On the other hand, many many recipes uses DR200 and DR400, and I want to ask you about this, why it’s that? It’s only preventive to avoid highlights overexpose on newcomers, or it’s really a needed setting for the recipes?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 5

      DR400 prevents clipped highlights—that is the primary function of it—but the side-effect is a flatter curve. The DR settings, along with Highlight and Shadow (and, to a much lesser extent, the Color Chrome Effects and Clarity), are what set the luminosity curve. It’s all of them working together. So you could use DR100 and set Highlight to -2 and Shadow to -1, and perhaps that might have a somewhat similar (but definitely slightly different) outcome as using DR400 and Highlight set to +1 and Shadow set to 0; despite the somewhat similar outcome, you will be much more prone to clipped highlights with the DR100 settings above vs the DR400. All of this is film sim dependent, too, as Eterna is much less prone to clipping Highlights than, say, Classic Chrome. Each film sim has its own curve. So DR100 might work well more often for Eterna, where with Classic Chrome, Classic Negative, Eterna Bleach Bypass, etc., it would be better to use at least DR200 in situations with bright highlights.

      • Carlos López (clopezi) · September 5

        Oh, I see, I understand it now perfectly, has total sense. Thanks a lot!

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