Vintage Cinema — Fujifilm X-T5 (X-Trans V) FXW App Patron Early-Access Film Simulation Recipe

Glimpse of a Fleeting Memory – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Vintage Cinema”

I recently binge-watched a number of classic movies from the 1950’s, and I was really inspired by their picture aesthetics. After some research, I discovered that Kodak ECN 5248 25T motion picture film was used in several of these flicks. The problem, of course, with trying to replicate the look of a motion picture film stock is that not only is the aesthetic dependent on the usual factors of how shot and developed, but also on the lighting and filters used, which can be different movie-to-movie and even scene-to-scene. Instead of attempting to mimic the look of any particular movie or cinema film stock, I wanted to create a certain feel or mood—a “memory color” reminiscent of color movies from the 1950’s.

This Vintage Cinema Film Simulation Recipe is a Fuji X Weekly App Patron Early-Access recipe, which means if you are an App Patron, you have access to it right now. The Fuji X Weekly App is free, yet becoming a Patron unlocks the best App experience! One benefit of being a Patron is you get early access to some new Film Simulation Recipes, such as this one. These Patron Early-Access Recipes will eventually become available free to everyone in time, including this new one. Patrons help support Fuji X Weekly and, really, without them there would be no App, so I want to give a special “thank you” to all of the Patrons!

Ball on a Wall – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – “Vintage Cinema”

The Vintage Cinema Film Simulation Recipe, which is the very first Patron Early-Access Recipe for X-Trans V, is only compatible with (as of this writing) the Fujifilm X-T5, X-H2, and X-H2S (and I’m sure the X-S20 when it’s released this spring). I assume that the GFX100S and GFX50S II can also use this recipe, but that it will render slightly different—I don’t have either of those cameras to test it to know for certain. This recipe is best for sunny daylight conditions, and seems especially well-suited for golden hour photography, but can sometimes produce interesting results in cloudy, shade, and indoor situations, too. I believe this recipe would pair especially well with vintage lenses and probably diffusion filters, but for these pictures I used Fujinon lenses, including the 27mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 90mm f/2, and 100-400mm, without any filters.

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

Birds of a Feather – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Flipped Reflection – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Three Ducks in a Lake – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Bougainvillea Blooms & Blue – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Bougainvillea Beams – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – Photo by Jonathan Roesch
Side Gate Cracked Open – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Bougainvillea Bush in Bloom – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Hanging Bougainvillea Blossom – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Desert Bunny – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Jo on a Dirt Path – Gilbert, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Jo on the Patio – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Late Autumn Yellow – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Leafless Tree – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – Photo by Jonathan Roesch
Do Not Enter When Flooded – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5 – Photo by Jonathan Roesch
Dry Leaves on a Patio Chair – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Pruner & Gloves – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5
Fruit – Buckeye, AZ – Fujifilm X-T5

Find this Film Simulation Recipe and over 250 more on the Fuji X Weekly — Film Recipes App!

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  1. Vladimir · January 27

    again it seems to me that all the recipes for xtrans5 look alike. no individuality. except for Kodachrome 64 maybe.
    sensor “crisis”.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 27

      I think you are reading too much into it. The majority so far have been based on Nostalgic Neg., so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there are some similarities—it would be more surprising if there weren’t similarities, I suppose, thinking logically. Do you have an X-Trans V camera?

  2. Vladimir · January 27

    I have x-t30 of the first cadence.
    So what?
    I judge by your work. It sounds like a joke – when a Jew from Odessa sang Mozart to his friend)))
    I would like to note that the similarity seemed to me not only because of the simulation film.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 27

      I asked because I wanted to confirm that your assessment wasn’t based on first-hand experience.

      You can believe whatever you want about X-Trans V—it doesn’t affect me one way or the other. Every sensor generation renders slightly different, including X-Trans V, and X-Trans IV, and X-Trans III, etc.. There are probably only a handful of people in the whole world who are more intimately knowledgable and experienced with Fujifilm JPEG output than I am. If you want to trust what I say about it or not, that’s up to you, and it doesn’t affect me one way or the other. What I have said and continue to state is that X-Trans IV and V render quite similarly, with the biggest difference being blue on most (but not all) film simulations, and an AWB quirk. Otherwise, a picture captured on the X-T30 II and on the X-T5 with the same settings, at the same scene, and at the same time, will be nearly indistinguishable from each other. There is no conspiracy. X-Trans V isn’t better or worse than X-Trans IV, and not a whole lot different in output, other than the mentioned blue rendering difference and different file sizes.

  3. Francis.R. · January 29

    I adore the expression of these photographs. It is that time in the desert when it is hot before the cold night and all seems in a halt, before the night explodes in crickets.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 30

      Wow! I love this poetic comment! 😀 😀 😀

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