My Fujifilm X-Pro2 Dramatic Classic Chrome Film Simulation Recipe

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Meike 35mm

This film simulation recipe, which I’m calling Dramatic Classic Chrome, is the first that I’ve created for the Fujifilm X-Pro2. Up until this point all of them have been for the X100F; however, what I’ve discovered is that these settings are 100% compatible with all X-Trans III cameras. I figured that this was the case, but it wasn’t until my X-Pro2 arrived in the mail a few weeks ago that I was able to verify it. Any of my recipes will work on the X100F, X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T20, X-E3 and X-H1, even though the title says, “My X100F Film Simulation Recipe” or “My X-Pro2 Film Simulation Recipe.” Use this on any and all X-Trans III cameras, including the X100F.

I was experimenting with the JPEG settings on my X-Pro2, and specifically I was attempting something that looked vintage-film-like, perhaps similar to cross-processed slide film. I didn’t have a specific film in mind, just a certain look. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to achieve exactly what I had in mind, but what I did create I like, and I think it’s actually a good Classic Chrome recipe. It’s a little bit grittier and dramatic than my standard recipe.

Interestingly enough, the look changes a bit depending on the light and lens. In high contrast situations, you’ll get a high contrast image, with dark shadows and bright highlights. In low contrast situations, you’ll get a good amount of contrast with shadows and highlights that retain their details. This film simulation definitely has a film-like quality, but not any specific film or process. Perhaps it’s in the neighborhood of Agfa transparency film that’s been cross-processed, but that’s not really accurate. Maybe Ektar that’s been push-processed a couple stops? I’m not sure about that, either.

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Securely In Father’s Arms – Mount Rushmore, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Meike 35mm

One thing that I did different with this film simulation recipe is set Dynamic Range to auto. In auto the camera almost always chose DR100, so you could just set it to DR100 instead of auto and get the same results. I did not use DR200 because I wanted more contrast, although on a couple occasions, in really high contrast scenes, the camera chose DR200. I’ve yet to find a situation where the camera chose DR400.

Something else to point out is, while I have the saturation set to 0 in this recipe, on some photographs I changed it to +1 and some other photographs I changed it to -1, situation specific. I think 0 is good for most pictures, but some seem to look better with just a little more or a little less color saturation.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: +3
Shadow: +3
Color: 0
Noise Reduction: -3
Sharpening: +1
Grain Effect: Strong
White Balance: Auto, -1 Red & +1 Blue
ISO: Auto up to 12800
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 or +2/3 (typically)

Example photos, all camera-made JPEGs, using my Fujifilm X-Pro2 Dramatic Classic Chrome Film Simulation recipe:

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Monumental – Mount Rushmore, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Meike 35mm

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Starry Nites – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Waiting To Arrive – SLC, UT – Fuji X-Pro2 & Meike 35mm

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National Drink – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Red Drum – Unitah, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Bike Flag – Uintah, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Empty Carts – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Yellow Door – Uintah, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Train of Thought – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Meike 35mm

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Instamatic – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 16-50mm

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White Flower Blossoms – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Meike 35mm

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Yellow Pots – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Radius Lines – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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Slow – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 23mm

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8 comments

  1. moody things · May 22

    Great! Thank you!
    Mine CC setting:
    DR auto
    Highlights +2
    Shadows +1
    Colour +2
    Grain weak
    NR -3
    Sharpness 0
    WB red +2, blue -4

    Interesting that the very same settings work great with Provia if you want a more natural colours with the exception of Colour wich I set to -3

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  5. Nuno Lopes · 30 Days Ago

    made a slight adjustment to this profile replacing CC for the astia and then reducing saturation to -2 in my X-E1, it’s less contrasty that your recipe but still very pleasant results.

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