MGA Classic Negative

I’ve missed out on Classic Negative. I’ve moved from the X-T20 to the X-T3 and of course only the very newest camera have Classic Negative built in as a film simulation. I’ve looked at many examples of Classic Negative straight from an X-T4, and tried the recipes I’ve found online. I found them either too warm, too cold, or just slightly off for the most part, so I’ve designed this one from the ground up.

Classic Negative is described as “enhanced colour with hard tonality to increase image depth”, it’s roughly based on Superia 100 film stock, so looking at examples of that helped a lot with this. What you have here is an accurate film simulation recipe which I’ve called MGA Classic Negative. Best used in bright light, and exposed so that you can see the shadows.

Like all these film simulations, the recipe works in certain subjects more than others, and tweaking the exposure is recommend. Here are the examples of MGA Classic Negative.

Classic Chrome Reference Vs MGA Classic Negative

Classic Chrome Reference Vs MGA Classic Negative

MGA Classic Negative

The Settings you will need are as follows.

Push Pull Process: +2/3 or +1 (Adjust for shadows)
Dynamic Range: DR400
Film Simulation: Classic Chrome
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: 5900K
WB Shift: R-4 : B 3
Highlight Tone: -1
Shadow Tone: -2
Colour: +1
Sharpness: 0
Noise Reduction: 0

* On X100V and newer X-Trans IV sensors with Color Chrome FX Blue, set this value to OFF (or experiment and let me know the results!)

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