Sometimes Fujifilm photographers will feel greatly impressed with their SOOC photos taken with a Fujifilm mirrorless camera because of the unique color of Fuji’s SOOC vintage film simulations. By using custom film simulation recipes setting on Fujifilm mirrorless cameras, every shot is straight out of the camera (SOOC) and there will be less post-processing and editing needed. This post is all about the best Fujifilm vintage film simulation recipes to store on your Fuji camera.
As for myself, I’m using the Fujifilm X-T30 and quite happy with the preset and custom film simulations stored in my camera. I have at least 7 film simulation recipes stored and I can quickly access them through the Q button. In this post, I’m going to reveal the best vintage custom film recipes I’ve used. Most of the recipes I’ve stored are popular film simulations from Fujixweekly’s Fujifilm recipes.
Which one is the best Fujifilm vintage film recipe?
The things I like about Fuji film simulations because there is no editing required and photos taken can easily achieve the classic film look, a grainy and dreamy photography effect. There are film simulations preset in the camera while if you need a custom recipe, it can be manually set into the camera. The best SOOC film simulation recipes I’m about to reveal below are quite popular with Fuji shooters. The vintage recipes are great for portraits, street, landscape, and low light photography use.
If you are more of a portrait photographer or Instagram photographer, feel free to try Kodak Portra 400 recipe setting because the vintage still image result can be jawdropping. A photographer who is more into street and night photography can try out the CineStill 800T recipe. Let get into the main topic and here is the list of best SOOC film simulations for Fujifilm photographers.
Kodak Portra 400 Film Recipe
If you are browsing Instagram and saw those nice vintage portrait photos captured with Kodak Portra 400 film, and would like to get a similar result without a film camera, try the custom Kodak Portra 400 recipe on Fujifilm. This custom film simulation recipe is created by FujiXWeekly author, Ritchie Roesch and it has become one of the most used SOOC simulation recipes by Fujifilm photographers. The Portra 400 recipe is best used for portrait photography during the daytime, also best matching with the best vintage lens to get amazing color & bokeh. Make sure you choose the correct recipe for your Fujifilm sensors, which can be found on the FujiXWeekly website. Pair up this recipe with the M42 vintage lenses will wield amazing dreamy still images
Classic Negative Film Recipe
If you have the latest Fujifilm camera with an X-Trans IV sensor, you can use the Classic Negative film simulation for a vintage look. The Classic Negative is the best to use for an outdoor portrait photoshoot. Don’t give up if you have an older Fujifilm camera, you can still do post-processing and get the Classic Negative film simulation on Capture One Pro photo editing software.
CineStill 800T Film Recipe
If you are into low light and street photography at night, CineStill 800T will give you amazing cinematic still images. Depends on your own creativity, you can use CineStill 800T with a portrait shoot at night. To add more WOW effect with the CineStill 800T, best get a diffusion filter such as the Tiffen Black Pro Mist or Moment CineBloom diffusion filter for a more cinematic glow. For now, CineStill 800T X-Trans IV recipe is only available for X100V, X-Pro3, X-T4 & X-S10. Hopefully, in the future, it will be available for other X-Trans too, finger crossed.
Noir Film Recipe
If you like black and white photography, you should set this vintage Noir custom film recipe in your Fujifilm camera whenever you want to shoot portrait or street photography. I first saw this Noir when I’m watching Youtube and came across the video created by Omar Gonzales. Well, I did use this for some street and portrait shoots and the outcome is totally amazing, The SOOC result gives you the vintage 1960s look. The photo above is taken with my X-T30 and the 7artisan 25mm F1.8 lens.
As a personal photographer who likes to explore new things, I also tested the Noir recipe behind the scenes of a portrait shoot in the studio. The photo is taken with the Fuji XF35mm F2 lens. These are some of the recipes currently stored in my camera. Stay tuned for the next post on how to set up a custom recipe on a Fujifilm camera.
- Kodak Portra 400
- Fujifilm Noir
- Cinestill 800T (X-Trans IV recipe for newer Fujifilm camera, not X-T30)
- Polaroid II
- Kodacolor II 126
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These are some of my recommended Fujifilm vintage film simulation recipes I would like to share for Fujifilm mirrorless shooters. You can store up to 7 custom film simulation recipes and quickly access them with a one-touch button. So what do you think of the custom film recipes? Have you tried it out already? Feel free to share in the comment below what are your favorite custom film simulation recipes for your Fujifilm camera.