Fuji’s Classic Chrome and the X-Pro 2

Fuji has done some awesome things lately. Their film simulations in camera have been interesting. It started with Fuji introducing Classic Chrome when the X100T came out. They made it a firmware update for the X-T1 also. I was intrigued by it. A lot of people have compared Classic Chrome to Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome film but is it really? You can’t buy Kodachrome anymore so shooting a roll of it and comparing it won’t work. So how do you compare the look of Classic Chrome to the real thing? I searched for the perfect preset for Lightroom to get that “Kodachrome” look that I liked or I should say what I remember from that film. Back in the day when Kodachrome was available, I shot several rolls of it but do you think I could find those slides now? Of course not. Anyway, there are several film emulation presets and packs available for Lightroom – Nik Color Efex, DXO Film Pack 5, VSCO, and one that I kind of stumbled on RNI Films 3.0 Vintage pack. RNI or Really Nice Images is the name of the company and I just happened on their website while searching for other stuff. $49.00 was the price for the pack so I bought it. It has several different presets for Kodachrome and it also comes with their Essential pack. When you choose a preset, depending on the preset, RNI will add a slide frame to the image which I can’t stand but you do have the option to take the frame off with the Essential pack.

I thought it would be fun to take my new X-Pro 2 out along with my Fuji 60mm macro lens and shoot some of my favorite subjects. Flowers! I love this time of year with everything blooming and bringing back the beauty that was lost over the winter. I shot with both cards in the camera, 1 set to RAW and the other to JPEG and set the camera on Classic Chrome. One thing about that macro lens is it still focuses REALLY slow but it is amazingly sharp. When I got back home, I imported the pictures into Lightroom and adjusted the sharpness a bit on both files and for the RAW images, I applied the 1958 Kodachrome setting from RNI. No other tweaking was done, except to remove that stupid frame. What I found was that the RNI images had better color and really looked like what I remember from Kodachrome. Not too saturated but not too washed out either, just right for my taste. Oh, I might mention that I had the camera to to Auto White Balance. Also, I am not a spokesperson for RNI. It was just a happy thing for me to have found their website. See for yourself.

Iris Classic Chrome
Iris Classic Chrome
Iris RNI1958
Iris RNI1958
Classic Chrome
Classic Chrome
RNI 1958
RNI 1958
Purple Iris Classic Chrome
Purple Iris Classic Chrome
Purple Iris RNI 1958
Purple Iris RNI 1958
Orchid Classic Chrome
Orchid Classic Chrome
Orchid RNI 1958
Orchid RNI 1958
Another Orchid Classic Chrome
Another Orchid Classic Chrome
Another Orchid RNI 1958
Another Orchid RNI 1958

Okay, the difference is pretty slight but enough of a difference for me. I prefer to shoot in RAW and as you know, what ever preset or filter you have the camera set to really means nothing. So, for my preference, I’ll just keep shooting in RAW and use the RNI Film Vintage 3.0 pack. And yes, the X-Pro 2 continues to amaze me. I really like that camera!

3 Comments

  1. I have my old Kodachrome 25, and Kodachrome 64 slides. RNI comes close, but no cake. My slides are more vibrant and colorful than this. Not as colorful as Fuji Velvia 32 shot at ISO 40. Maybe I’ll try and do a comparison on my blog from my old 30-40 year old Alaska Stock shots taken on ASA, yes ASA not ISO 25, compared to the Classic Chrome on my Fuji.
    Should be interesting seeing them side by side though subjects will be totally different!

    Nice comparison though. And, yes, beautiful flowers. Well done!

    1. Thanks! I don’t think any plug-in or preset will come close to actual film, ever. It is nice that some do come close though. It’s just really unfortunate that Kodachrome isn’t available anymore. I’d love to see your comparisons.

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