If you are a fan of classic film simulations for your FujiFilm camera, you have come to the right place. In this article, we look to recreate the famous Kodak gold filmstock. A film which renders a soft, almost dreamy glow with warmer colours. Fujifilm Classic Film Simulation Recipe: Kodak Gold 200
Introduced in 1988, Kodak Gold 200 belongs to the Kodacolour family, a group of general-purpose consumer colour films with saturated colours, fine grain and high sharpness.
The Gold line has seen several updates since its release in the 80s. Including 1997, 2007, and a 120 format reintroduced in 2022 on a PET base.
The film remains in production and is a popular choice of film amongst many film hobbyists.
2. Positive Observations
The film renders a result close to that of the traditional film stock. Low saturation, sharpness and desaturation of colour are the keys to achieving this.
Like the traditional film, there are low levels of greens with higher hues of reds and oranges visible. This colour balance gives the images a warmer tinge.
Apart from the reds and oranges, the remaining colours have desaturated well, achieving an aesthetic closer to the Kodak Gold 200 style.
3. Negative Observations
Despite the sharpness set to -1, the images still look digital. Unfortunately, a digital camera will never be able to achieve true film likeness.
The reds are also overpowering in these sample images. It may not be the case in natural environments. However, it was the case for this set shot in an urban city.
4. Where/How to Use
This recipe was never intended for professional use to get the most out of your camera or reduce editing workflows. Most Fujifilm simulations are for fun, and this is no different.
How you use this recipe is up to you. It gives a lovely retro vibe, desaturated and warm. This recipe would be great to use at golden hour with a model.
Lastly, The kelvin level will need to be changed if you want to use this recipe indoors.
5. The Recipe
- Film Simulation: Classic Chrome
- Grain Effect: Strong, Large
- Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
- Colour Chrome FX Blue: Off
- White Balance: 5800k, R:+2 B +4
- Dynamic Range: 200
- Tone Curve: H: 0 S: -1
- Colour: -1
- Sharpness: -1
- High ISO NR: -4
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This film recipe is perhaps one of the closest to achieving an authentic film style published at shuttergang.
Based on a filmstock by Kodak that has been so popular, it has never been discontinued, I am sure you will enjoy using this simulation in your photography.
What do you think of the recipe and samples? Do you have any experience with the recipe and have recommendations to make it better? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
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Fujifilm Classic Film Simulation Recipe: Kodak Gold 200