How to get the Fuji classic negative look to your X-Pro2/X-T2

Oct 31, 2019

Jean-Pascal Remon

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Oct 31, 2019

Jean-Pascal Remon

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You can get the Fuji classic negative look to your X-Pro2 or X-T2 and save yourself from buying a new camera.

From what I’ve seen, the new Fuji Classic Negative film simulation is generous on the blue and green level, while remaining somewhat warm and keeping a low contrast.

Here is how to achieve this look

  1. Go in Image Quality (I.Q.) menu.
  2. Select 400% dynamic range.
  3. Select Classic Chrome film simulation;
  4. Grain Effect at strong, just for the heck of it (to keep the “pure photography experience”;
  5. White balance: Auto, R: -2 B: +4
  6. Highlight tone to 0;
  7. Shadows tone to +0 (or -1 for the EXACT look, but I find it boring, so spice it up with +2)
  8. Color to -1
  9. Sharpness to -4
  10. Noise Reduction to -4
  11. Lens modulation optimizer OFF

Make sure to save all of that into a preset!

Not quite there yet… Too much blue, too warm.
NAILED IT.

Can you guess which one is my recipe and Fuji?

A
B

A or B?

Well, I shot the first with my X-Pro3 using my recipe. So, hum, good enough.

Something I like to point out: It has a lot of character. Over-exposure offer beautiful sky and tones, while under-exposing gives character to your picture.

You don’t need to spend a $2400 CAD on an X-Pro3. Get an X-Pro2 –that is already spectacular–, cover the screen with some tape, and create a new preset in your camera. You save yourself over $1500, and that’s not a small change.

You’re welcome ;)

JP

ps: Don’t buy more gear. What you have is good enough. Give your money to something like this one, made by a local girl from Whitehorse, Canada. Or go full boots on the ground to give your time in an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City. That’s what matters at the end of the day.

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Jean-Pascal Remon is a photographer who quit a “normal way of life” to travel around the world in a Jeep. You can find more of his work on his website and read his blog. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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21 responses to “How to get the Fuji classic negative look to your X-Pro2/X-T2”

  1. ADrian Bilek Avatar
    ADrian Bilek

    or you even save some tape and cleaning afterwards and just turn off the display!? http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-pro2/first_step/monitor/index.html

    1. Johan Thole Avatar
      Johan Thole

      Not really the same, because the glass LCD still smears, and feels sticky. I put a screen protector on my X-Pro2, and covered that with tape. Works well enough for me.

  2. Baran Kaypakoglu Avatar
    Baran Kaypakoglu

    Thank you sir for this. Do you have an idea to make my x pro 2 shootable from the hip without a flip screen and save me 1500 usd? Thank you..

    1. Cain Gray Avatar
      Cain Gray

      Lol

      1. Adam Broadhead Avatar
        Adam Broadhead

        Gaffer tape a flip compact mirror to the base and don’t tape over the lcd. Bingo!

        1. Kyo Avatar
          Kyo

          Not bingo, the image is now upside down.

          1. Mihir Avatar
            Mihir

            That is a more authentic experience, no?

    2. Falevian Avatar
      Falevian

      Phone and the Fuji app for remote control…

  3. Nicholas Erwin Avatar
    Nicholas Erwin

    Looks pretty good. I shoot raw most of the time so I’ve been messing around in LR to get it close to the jpgs I took with your formula. I can get it close but the jpgs with classic neg applied has a unique look that for the life of me I cannot match. It’s gotta be possible.

    1. Gary Q Avatar
      Gary Q

      It is – just use the jpg

  4. TheTraveller Avatar
    TheTraveller

    Nice. But when you save it to a Q setting, the WB changes will be for all your Q settings :( The WB setting is not saved to the Q settings…

    1. X Ram Avatar
      X Ram

      You wont save it in Q menu!

      1. TheTraveller Avatar
        TheTraveller

        Ok, then I just misunderstood the “Make sure to save all of that into a preset!” thing ;)

  5. Guido Woller Avatar
    Guido Woller

    How do you save the WB Shift?

    1. X Ram Avatar
      X Ram

      I am not sure if one can save custom WB setting in Xpro 2 or XT2, I have only seen it in Xt3!

      1. Philooooo Avatar
        Philooooo

        Thank you for this trick bit, it seems to work very well on the X-T2. !!!!
        For the white balance: just select “custom” in the menu and save with the other settings … I did everything in 1 minute! ;)

    2. fogelnet Avatar
      fogelnet

      I added as much as I could to my settings. Set the custom name with the settings eg CLASSNEGr-2b4 or something like that. Then in my settings select the custom setting and adjust the WB shift in there. Not too bad.

  6. relivelastnight Avatar
    relivelastnight

    Good job. Helping the photo community. Thanks.

  7. Kasper Nørgård Avatar
    Kasper Nørgård

    Thanks alot for the recipe.. Saved me a bunch of money and the stupid flippy screen. I like the xpro2 better:-)

  8. Vadim Prokhorenko Avatar
    Vadim Prokhorenko

    Fujifilm Classic Negative for X-T1, X-T2, X-T20, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-H1, X-E.
    Perhaps many will be interested in how to use the Classic Negative camera profile in Capture One for X-T1, X-T2, X-T20, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-H1, X-E cameras.
    Used the Mac OS platform for Windows there are similar programs for changing Exif data.
    * Exiftool for Windows can be downloaded https://exiftool.org/, and the ExiftoolGui shell is also available
    !!! It is important that the main program file is in the shell directory (ExiftoolGui) !!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfZlIzdA5AA

  9. walker Avatar
    walker

    >ps: Don’t buy more gear
    yeah!