True Chroma – Poor Man’s Leica Recipe for Fuji X-Trans IV

True Chroma Velvia Recipe

True Chroma is a vivid colour recipe for the Fujifilm X-Trans IV camera system. It is suitable for travel and street photography and the recipe is inspired by the Leica M10 digital camera’s color science. This recipe is also known as the Poor Man’s Leica recipe.

The term Poor Man’s Leica is popular among photographers who use old film vintage rangefinder cameras under $100, such as the Yashica Electro 35 models and the Canon Canonet, to name a few.

What True Chroma Is All About?

True Chroma is a recipe created specifically for street photography that outputs a beautiful colour tone, which comes with great sharpness and vivid colour. It is a perfect go-to recipe for shooting in the streets, sightseeing and travel.

You might find that most of the film simulation recipes are either Classic Chrome recipes or Classic Negative recipes. Therefore, this True Chroma was created as another option for Fujifilm fanboys.

Using the Velvia film simulation as a based simulation, it is great to shoot under natural-lit conditions. This recipe works for all X-Trans IV cameras with the Velvia film simulation, including the Fujifilm X100V, X-T30, X-T30II, X-T3, X-T4, X-E4, X-Pro3 and X-S10.

Film grain is completely turned off for a clean and sharp output. It is recommended to use the lowest ISO when shooting in a well-lit environment.

True Chroma Custom Settings

Film Simulation: Velvia/Vivid
Dynamic Range: Auto
Highlight: -1
Shadow: 0
Color: +1
Sharpening: 0
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Off
Grain Size: Off
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome FX Blue: Strong
White Balance: Auto, +1 Red & -1 Blue

Sample Photos

True Chroma Recipe Fujifilm
True Chroma Recipe Fuji X-Trans IV Street Photos
True Chroma Street Fujifilm Recipe
True Chroma Street Photography
True Chroma Velvia Recipe
True Chroma Velvia Recipe Portrait

If you are looking for a ‘color pop‘ kind of simulation recipe, then True Chroma is the one for you. Great for travel and sightseeing.

The photos above are shot with the Fujifilm X-T4 – AmazonUS

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Avatar of pn

    nice 🙂

  2. Avatar of Brandon

    Great work on this recipe, Ivan! I really dig it. I’m still shooting with Natura Classic exclusively, but wanted something to pair with it. You rock!


    1. Avatar of Ivan Cheam
      Ivan Cheam

      Thank you!

      Happy to hear you like this recipe. Hope you have great time get more nice shots with it 😉

      Best Regards,

  3. Avatar of EDGAR

    Hello, quick question….in the recipe there is no mention of Clarity, I assume it is set at zero right?

  4. Avatar of WS

    Hi Ivan, would this recipe be suitable with x-trans V sensor (xt5 camera)?

    1. Avatar of Ivan Cheam
      Ivan Cheam

      Hi WS, I don’t have the X-Trans V… so I cannot try it. 🙁

  5. Avatar of Vaibhav

    Someone please lend Ivan an XT5… Even I am looking for this recipe in XT5… the look is smashing… thanks for everything you do mate… ❤️ from India

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