Superia Xtra 400 — Fujifilm X-T5 (X-Trans V) Film Simulation Recipe

Red & Green Bush – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Superia Xtra 400”

This is a simple update to the Superia Xtra 400 Film Simulation Recipe, which was originally made for X-Trans IV cameras. I discovered that a slight tweak is needed for X-Trans V models, because the new sensor renders blues just a little deeper on some film simulations, including Classic Negative. For this recipe, simply setting Color Chrome FX Blue from Strong to Weak makes it compatible with (as of this writing) the Fujifilm X-T5, X-H2, and X-H2S.

Thomas Schwab created the Superia Xtra 400 recipe by capturing a roll of actual Superia Xtra 400 film while also capturing identical exposures with his Fujifilm cameras, then, using X RAW Studio, he worked on the settings until he found a match. As you can imagine, he put a lot of time and effort into creating it! He shared with me some of his side-by-side pictures—comparing the film with his recipe—and it was tough to figure out which was which—they looked so close! Also, just recently another photographer shot a roll of Superia Xtra 400 film and used the Superia Xtra 400 recipe on his Fujifilm camera, and he shared with me the similar results he got between the two. Amazing! Of course, with film, so much depends on how it’s shot, developed, and scanned or printed, and the aesthetic of one emulsion can vary significantly.

Lemon Bowl – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Superia Xtra 400”

Fujifilm introduced Superia Xtra 400, a consumer-grade color negative film, in 1998, replacing Super G Plus 400. This film has been updated a couple of times, first in 2003 and again in 2006. It’s been widely used, thanks to its low cost and versatility. I’ve shot several rolls of this film over the years. This recipe is for Fujifilm X-Trans V cameras. Those with newer GFX models can use it, too, although it will likely render slightly differently.

Film Simulation: Classic Negative
Grain Effect: Strong, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Off
Color Chrome FX Blue: Weak
White Balance: Auto, +3 Red & -5 Blue
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: 0
Shadow: -1
Color: +4
Sharpness: -1

High ISO NR: -4
Clarity: -2
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Superia Xtra 400” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X-T5:

Forwards or Backwards – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Standing Tall – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Hiding Saguaro – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Don’t Touch – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Neighborhood Fog – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Dark Desert – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Misty Desert – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Clearing Clouds & Desert Mountain – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Ground Fall – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Wet Blossom – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Wet Rosebud – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Early Morning Lamp – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Night Blossoms – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Western Boots – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5

See also:
Fujifilm X-Trans V Film Simulation Recipes
Fujifilm X-Trans IV Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. Randy Kirk · December 10

    Wow, beautiful photos and one of the nicest looking recipes I’ve seen, yet. I’ve been trying out the new (to me) films sims on my XT5 as an alternate to the Classic Chrome recipes that make up the majority of my favorites.. this one’s a winner!

  2. jonpdorsett · March 3

    I’ve got the versions of this loaded into my X-T5 and X100V. I’m loving them. A really good colour simulation for anything outdoors. They’re good to go straight out of the camera, I make very few adjustments in post, if at all. Just maybe where I’ve under or over exposed slightly.

  3. Adrian · September 3

    Maybe I’m delusional.

    But it’s missing that “coldness” of superia.
    The warms are TOO warm. Whereas superia, through the tons of shots I’ve taken, have a very cool look to them. With a slight magenta to the skin tones.

    When i photograph things hit with sun with superia, the sun never comes out warm, always fairly cool.

    This looks closer to a ultramax lovechild with superia.

    Or am I just blind.

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 3

      This Recipe was made by comparing photographs captured side-by-side with a film camera loaded with Superia Xtra 400 and a Fujifilm X camera. One film can produce many different looks depending on a host of factors, including how it was shot, developed, and scanned. In this case, if I remember correctly, the photographer overexposed the film by a stop. I don’t recall the details of the scanning, but I’m sure that played a role in the outcome, however it was handled. Interestingly enough, maybe 10 months ago or so, a photographer took some pictures using this Recipe (the X-Trans IV version, actually) and also took identical pictures with his film camera loaded with Superia Xtra 400 film, and they looked very similar to each other, nearly identical. So this Recipe can look very much like the film, but it just depends on how it was shot, developed, and scanned. With most films, results can vary extensively.

    • Adrian · September 3

      Hm, maybe I’m thinking about Fuji c200? Been a while since I shot actual superia 400. (2-3 years).

      One of them is quite cool.

      • Ritchie Roesch · September 5

        It definitely could be Superia 400 that you are thinking about. If you gave the same emulsion to 10 different photographers, you could potentially get 10 different looks from it, just depending on things like the lens used, the light shot it, the exposure rating, the brand of chemicals used for development, how old or used those chemicals are, the temperature and pH of the water, the paper printed on and/or scanner used, etc., etc., etc..

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