Fujifilm X100V (X-Trans IV) Film Simulation Recipe: Timeless Negative

Cold Morning Light – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V – “Timeless Negative”

I purchased the Fujifilm X-T5 specifically to try the Nostalgic Neg. film simulation, then, after using it, I discovered Nostalgic Neg. has a lot in common with Eterna. I initially stated that the new film simulation is as if Classic Chrome and Eterna had a baby—it has some similarities to both—but it is more like Eterna than Classic Chrome. If a Nostalgic Neg. recipe calls for minus Color, it’s possible to fairly closely approximate it with Eterna. One difference is that Nostalgic Neg. has more warmth and vibrancy in the shadows, which is unique to the new film simulation, but otherwise you can get pretty close.

This Film Simulation Recipe is a facsimile of Timeless Negative for X-Trans V cameras, using Eterna instead of the Nostalgic Neg., as only the latest cameras have the new film simulation. I think many of you are going to like it because it produces very lovely images in a variety of situations. It’s great for daylight, nighttime, golden hour, overcast, indoor, portraits, landscapes, etc., etc.. Once you program this one into your camera, you might not ever replace it, since it does so well in a lot of scenarios.

Holiday Ball – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V – “Timeless Negative”

This version of Timeless Negative is intended for the Fujifilm X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, X-E4, and X-T30 II cameras. You can use this on X-Trans V cameras, too, if you want (although I would suggest the recipe with Nostalgic Neg.) by setting Color Chrome FX Blue to Off. For the X-T3, X-T30, if you ignore Grain size, Color Chrome FX Blue, and Clarity (or, even better, use a 5% CineBloom diffusion filter in lieu of Clarity), you’ll still get similar results, but it will look slightly different (give it a try anyway). I am currently working on a Nostalgic Neg.-like recipe for the X-T3 and X-T30 (and possibly the X-H1, too); if you are a Fuji X Weekly App Patron, there is an Early-Access Recipe (actually, two) called Vintage Eterna that unintentionally has some similarities to Nostalgic Neg., and I invite you to give that a try, too.

Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +1
Shadow: -1
Color: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: 0
Clarity: -2
Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: Auto, +4 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -1/3 to +1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Timeless Negative” Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

Candle – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Drab Pink Blossom – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Rainy Day Lightbulb – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Joyful Corridor – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Coffee, Waiting – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Dear Santa – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Oh Christmas Tree – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
North Pole Post – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Saint Nicholas – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Metalic Pinecone – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Oleander Evening – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Downtown Dusk – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Color Transparencies – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Night Lights – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
O Tannenbaum – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Fountain – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Green Leaf – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Aslan – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Upward Abstract – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Palm Sky Vapor – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Autumn Gold – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Transition – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Bougainvillea & Changing Weather – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V
Bougainvillea in Autumn – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X100V

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  1. TheCameraEatsFirst · December 15

    Cool. Just replaced your “Classic Kodak” with this one.
    Recipes that can do well in different lighting situations are always good.

    Thanks, Ritchie.

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 15

      Awesome! You’ll have to let me know how you like it once you have a chance to use it. 😀

  2. Stephen.Wells · December 16

    This looks great, Ritchie. This might turn out to be my Christmas recipe! Thanks for your continued contribution to the Fujifilm community!

  3. Francis.R. · December 16

    “Oleander evening” is my favorite, I don’t know why exactly. When there is no bokeh the colors make me recall the old CCD compact cameras colors without editing, which know, how crazy it is, they now have a nostalgic look as well. Thank you, Ritchie.

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 19

      That is crazy! But very true. Thanks for the kind comment!

  4. Larry · December 20

    Very cool thanks.

  5. majortomg · December 24

    This is great! Using it for Christmas.

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 27

      Awesome! I hope it worked out for you, and you had a merry Christmas!

  6. Serge tremblay · January 10

    Good evening and thank you for work….I have used this recipe and, am I right, there is a sepia look to my photos, a slight one? Camera X100V.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 10

      Yeah, it’s got a warm tint that could be described as “sepia” (although I don’t believe sepia was used in color photography… could be wrong about that, but I’ve never heard of it). You are observing correct.

  7. Veronica · October 15

    I love this recipe and became my top favourite since day one I tried with Kodak Portra 400. I use with my Xpro3 and I love that I can use in different locations indoor , outdoor and different light conditions and it always work great, also the way the photos looks like with this recipe are absolutely stunning.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 16

      Thanks so much! I feel this is an underrated/under-appreciated Recipe. I’m so glad that you like it!

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