My Fujifilm X100V Kodachrome 64 Film Simulation Recipe

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Evening at a Pond – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V “Kodachrome 64”

The Fujifilm X100V has some new features, including Clarity and Color Chrome Effect Blue, that my X-T30 doesn’t have, despite sharing the same sensor. The more JPEG options that I have, the more accurately I can create in-camera looks. My hope is to revisit some of my film simulation recipes, and create what I hope are more accurate versions using the new features. The first one that I revamped is my Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe.

Many people love my Kodachrome 64 recipe, but not everyone. The biggest complaint that I’ve heard about it is that the reds aren’t vibrant enough. I don’t disagree with that, but there are always compromises when recreating looks in-camera because the tools available to me are limited. Of course, what Kodachrome 64 looks like depends on how you’re viewing it, whether projector, light table, scan, print, and how so. You can find some vastly different looking pictures that were captured on Kodachrome 64. For this revamped recipe, I spent some time studying the Kodachrome slides that I captured many years ago.

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Red Lights & Rain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V “Kodachrome 64”

While I feel that this is an improved Kodachrome 64 recipe, it’s still not perfect. Those who disliked how reds were rendered on the old recipe will certainly like this one better, but is it 100% exactly like the film? No. I think +2 Color might be too much, but +1 Color doesn’t render reds and yellows vibrant enough. If you prefer +1 Color, feel free to do that instead. There’s a little less contrast with this new version. Both of the Color Chrome Effects, the lower Dynamic Range setting, and Clarity add contrast, so I changed Highlight and Shadow to compensate. The X-T4 has .5 Highlight and Shadow adjustments, and I would set Shadow to +0.5 if I were using these settings on that camera (I hope that Fujifilm updates the X100V and X-Pro3 to allow this, too). I think it would be acceptable to use +1 Shadow, but I felt that was a tad too much, so I set it to 0. Despite not being perfect, I do feel that this version is a little more accurate to actual Kodachrome 64 film.

If you have an X100V, X-Pro3 or X-T4, I invite you to try this new-and-improved Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe. Be sure to let me know what you think! Here are a couple pictures comparing the two versions of this recipes:

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Original Kodachrome 64 recipe.

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New Kodachrome 64 Recipe.

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Original Kodachrome 64 recipe.

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New Kodachrome 64 recipe.

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

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this new Kodachrome 64 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:

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White Horse by a Stream – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Horses in the Grass – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Curious Horse – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Country Tires – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Yellow Flowers, Blue Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Wishful Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Beer & Board – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Road Bicycling – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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All the World’s a Sunny Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Orders & Pickup – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Red, White & Blue Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Flag Up Close – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Reeds by the Water – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Evening Reeds – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Landscape Flowers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Handlebar – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Kodak Colors – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Half of an Orange – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Ground Beans – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Pallets – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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IHOP – Centerville, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Cupcake – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Sitting on Concrete – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Spring Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V

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Christmas Portrait Fails

My talented wife, Amanda, loves to make videos, and she’s becoming good at it. She’s made a couple for the Fuji X Weekly blog YouTube channel, which I’ve shared before, and they’ll be some more in the near future, so be sure to keep an eye out for those. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you my experience photographing our family’s holiday portraits, and Amanda took some of those images and made a video out of it, which is at the top of this post. That’s her Christmas gift to the Fuji X Weekly community. I invite you to take a look; it’s pretty short yet entertaining.

Amanda has made many videos, mostly family films of our outings. She’s made several creative videos, and some of my favorite ones feature slow motion footage. These short films aren’t related to Fujifilm (except for the last one which has some of my pictures in it), as she used her iPhone and not her X-T20, but I thought you might enjoy them nonetheless. You’ll find a few of them below.

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Fujifilm X Deals

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With the Christmas holiday just around the corner, I know that some of you are already thinking about gift-giving and holiday shopping. I wanted to give you a quick heads-up on several great discounts currently being offered on Fujifilm X items at Amazon. If you use the links below to purchase something, I get a small amount back, which will be used to improve the Fuji X Weekly experience. I want to give a big “thank you” to everyone who has done so already, and hopefully by the beginning of the new year you’ll be able to see some positive changes to this blog as a result of using the links I provide. I appreciate it so much!

Current discounts being offered on Fujifilm X cameras: the Fujifilm X100F is $100 off, the X-T100 is $100 off, the X-E3 is $100 off, the X-T20 is $200 off, the X-Pro2 is $250 off, the X-H1 is $250 off, and the X-T2 is $500 off, which is an incredible deal!

Current discounts being offered on Fujinon X lenses: the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 is $150 off, the XF 16mm f/1.4 is $150 off, the XF 80mm f/2.8 is $150 off, the XF 10-24mm f/4 is $150 off, the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 is $200 off, the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 is $200 off, and the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 is $300 off.

As a reminder, I have Fujifilm and photography inspired merchandise, such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, iPhone cases, tote bags, etc., available for purchase in the Fuji X Weekly store!

Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram using @fujixweekly. If you have captured an image using one of my film simulation recipes, I invite you to use the hashtag #fujixweekly on Instagram so that I’m sure to see it. I would love to see what you guys are capturing with these settings. Thanks!

Current Fujifilm Deals

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At Amazon right now the Fujifilm X-T100 (with 15-45mm lens) is $100 off, the Fujifilm X100F is $100 off, the Fujifilm X-E3 (body only) is $100 off, the Fujifilm X-T20 (with 18-55mm lens) is $150 off, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (body only) is $200 off, the Fujifilm X-H1 (body only) is $250 off, the Fujifilm X-T2 (with 18-55mm lens) is $400 off, and the Fujifilm X-T2 (body only) is $500 off. The X-T2 is heavily discounted thanks to the X-T3, so now is a good time to buy one if you’ve been looking. I think the price drop on the X-H1 can also be attributed to the X-T3. The X-Pro2 and X100F discounts might be an indication that new models are in the works, as Fujifilm doesn’t usually discount these two camera series, but that is just speculation at this point.

Also at Amazon right now the Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 lens lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens is $200 off, and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens is $200 off. I used to have the 16mm f/1.4 and it’s pretty darn fantastic.

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Needles Eye Night – Custer SP, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 16mm

Nobody pays me to write the articles that you find on Fuji X Weekly. The advertisements that you see plastered to this blog belong to WordPress, not me. If you click the links above and purchase something, a very small amount of the proceeds come back to me, and I will use that to improve the Fuji X Weekly experience. If you were already going to buy one of those cameras or lenses from Amazon, if you use my link it will support me. If you had no plans to buy anything, please don’t as I would never want to make you feel pressured to do so. I’m hoping that raising the awareness of things that are currently discounted is a service to someone reading this, and as a side effect I can improve this blog. Perhaps it is a win-win, or at least I hope that it is.

As a reminder, in case you missed it, Fuji X Weekly is now on Instagram! Simply search for @fujixweekly on your Instagram app and it should pop right up. I personally invite you to follow me. Thanks to everyone who has already done so!

Fuji X Weekly is now on Instagram

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I’ve been on and off Instagram a few times over the years. I think it can be a fun way to share one’s photographs, but there are things about it that I don’t care a whole lot for. There’s a lot that’s fake, such as people buying likes and followers in hopes of reaching fame and fortune. I’ve been away from it for a number of months and it has been nice. If you are ever feeling frustrated with Instagram, I highly recommend stepping away from it for a period of time, perhaps six months or a year. It feels really good, like a social media cleanse. It helps to reaffirm what is and isn’t important in life. And Instagram is most assuredly unimportant.

With the growing popularity of Fuji X Weekly, I get asked frequently what my Instagram handle is. People are interested in seeing my photographs in a different forum than this blog. People also want to share their Instagram feed with me. I figured that it was a good time to jump back in, so I created a Fuji X Weekly Instagram page. Search for @fujixweekly and it should pop right up. I invite you to follow me. If you do, I will check out your feed as well, time permitting. That “time permitting” statement is an important one as I do not intend to spend gobs of time on Instagram. I like social media to take up a very small space in my life. Other things come first, and that’s a priority for me.

If you’d like, follow Fuji X Weekly on Instagram by typing @fujixweekly in the search box on your app. I hope to keep it interesting and fresh so that it’s worth your time and attention, but I also don’t want it to become time-consuming. It will be a balancing act for sure. Hopefully it is one small thing that I can do to improve the experience of this blog.