Thommy’s Ektachrome Film Simulation Recipe was created by Thomas Schwab, who has made a number of Recipes published on this website, including Pure Negative, Superia Xtra 400, Fujicolor NPS 160 Pulled, Urban Vintage Chrome, Kodachrome II, Kodak Portra 800 v2, Kodak Brilliance, Classic Monochrome, B&W Superia, and Monochrome Kodachrome. Thomas has also collaborated on other Recipes, playing an important role in getting them right, including Kodak Portra 800, Kodak Ektar 100, Kodachrome 1, Kodak Portra 400, and Kodak T-Max 400. I’m sure I’ve missed a few, and for that I apologize. When he sent me this one to try, I was especially excited!
Thomas was simply trying to make a Recipe using the Nostalgic Neg. film sim that would be good for portraits. The Recipe he created has a distinctive Ektachrome aesthetic, especially similar to National Geographic photographs prior to Ektachrome’s discontinuation by 2013 (prior to the revival in 2018). That was, of course, by chance and not intentional, but there certainly are some similarities, and why this Recipe is called Thommy’s Ektachrome. It’s not only good for portraits, but also landscapes and I’m sure many genres of photography. This Recipe does particularly well in sunny daylight, but is good for overcast, shade, and natural-light indoors, too.
Because this Thommy’s Ektachrome Film Simulation Recipe uses the new Nostalgic Neg. film simulation, it is only compatible with the Fujifilm X-T5, X-H2, and X-H2S (as well as any other X-Trans V camera released after this article is published). Those with newer GFX cameras can likely use it, too, although it will probably render slightly different (but try it anyway!).
Film Simulation: Nostalgic Neg.
Grain Effect: Weak, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Weak
Color Chrome FX Blue: Off
White Balance: 5000K, -1 Red & +3 Blue
Dynamic Range: DR100
High ISO NR: -4
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +0 to +1/3 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using Thommy’s Ektachrome Film Simulation Recipe on my Fujifilm X-T5:
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Hi Ritchie, loving this recipe! Is there something very similar to this for the X-Trans IV sensor?
There are some similarities between Eterna and Nostalgic Neg., but I don’t think you can quite replicate this Recipe with Eterna because +4 Color won’t be vibrant enough.
While none of the ones below are quite the same, I’d take a look at these:
That last one is for GFX, but try it anyway.