Favourite Fujifilm Simulation Recipes For The 1st Gen X-Trans Sensors (X-Pro1, X-E1)

Favourite Fujifilm Simulation Recipes For The 1st Gen X-Trans Sensors (X-Pro1, X-E1)

Jorge Perez
Jorge Perez

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The first X-Trans Sensor offers incredible image quality for its age & price. Unfortunately, since it's from the older first-gen Fujifilm digital cameras, it lacks the current film simulations that you can find on most newer models.

I've discussed this before, but my favourite day-to-day film simulations are Classic Chrome & ACROS. I currently use these simulations all the time on my X100V, and I used them as well during my entire year abroad with the X100F.

Full Custom Menu Settings

I've explained in detail before how to set up and save your custom profiles. It's the best way to quickly switch between profiles and simulations. Simply save it in the custom menu and switch to it anytime you want by using the Q-button.

If you'd like to see how you can set your custom menus and follow my step by step guide, then you can do watch it right here:

Custom Black & White Film Simulation (Acros)

Shot with the custom B&W Film simulation - Fujifilm X-Pro1

Since we do not have Acros on the X-Pro1, we need to modify the base black and white profile to get as close as possible. I've been playing with custom settings to get a nice and pleasing B&W profile that resembles the Acros simulation.

Created mainly with the 1st gen X-trans sensors in mind, this recipe uses "Monochrome" as the base simulation, and the rest can be added as a custom profile in-camera.

  • Film Simulation: Monochrome
  • ISO: Manual or Auto. Up to you
  • Dynamic Range: 100
  • White Balance: N/A (Auto is fine)
  • Colour: N/A
  • Sharpness: -1 (-1 IF you plan to edit the photos and add sharpening in post if you do not plan to edit them then leave it at 0)
  • Highlight Tone: +2
  • Shadow Tone: +2
  • Noise Reduction: -2 (It’s always recommended to set it to -2, ideally you could add a little noise reduction in post, but even if you don’t plan to edit the images, still set it to -2)

Custom B&W (Acros) Simulation Samples

I shot all of these images using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Fujinon 23mm F2 lens, nothing else, no filters, no real editing or post-production, WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get).

Faux Classic Chrome Film Simulation

Shot with the Faux Classic Chrome Simulation - Fujifilm X-Pro1

I've been shooting with the X-Pro1 quite a bit lately, but as I mentioned in my review, the 1st gen Fuji's don't have Classic Chrome. But thanks to Fuji X Weekly, their film recipes and the magic of the first-gen X-Trans sensor, there are custom recipes available that replicate the classic chrome simulation 1:1.

  • Base Simulation: Pro Neg. Std
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • White Balance: Auto, 0 Red & -1 Blue
  • Colour: +1
  • Sharpness: 0
  • Highlight Tone: +1
  • Shadow Tone: +1
  • Noise Reduction: -2

Credit where credit is due. Link to the Fuji X Weekly post linked down below:

Classic Chrome for Those Who Don’t Have It (X-Trans I)
Classic Chrome is probably the most popular film simulation created by Fujifilm. It is the most common starting point for my film simulation recipes. It was introduced by Fujifilm beginning with th…

Faux Classic Chrome Simulation Samples

I shot all of these images using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Fujinon 23mm F2 lens, nothing else, no filters, no real editing or post-production, WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get).

Fuji X Weekly Site & Simulation Selection

These guys have other simulations that I have not tested myself or perhaps are not my cup of tea. But my experiences with the Faux Classic Chrome have convinced me that these guys know what they are doing. I'm sure the other simulations are amazing as well.

Head over there and browse the catalogue and see what you can discover! The more people have access to resources like this, the better.

Film Simulation Recipes
Check out the Fuji X Weekly App for iOS and Android. It’s free! Unlock advanced features by becoming a Patron. Choose your sensor to find the film simulation recipes that are compatible w…

If you're looking for a full review of the Fujifilm X-Pro1, including talking about the custom simulations and options available with this camera, then you can do so right here:

And, if you're wondering what is my preferred focusing method with the Fujifilm X-pro1, and how I'm able to create memories and capture moments in time, take control of my settings and the camera, and not let the camera control me, then watch this video:

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