Fujifilm X-T1 | Shooting With Classic Chrome Film Simulation.

XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/220

XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/220

On Thursday, December 18 2014 Fujifilm released a big firmware update for its X-Series camera. They dubbed this update "Kaizen" and one substantial feature which I'm dying to test out is its new Classic Chrome simulation.

 

Classic Chrome brings that sort of a classic 80s film look - an aged, soft, subdued, sort of taking a picture and applying a light coat of brown on top of it.

 

I shoot JPEGs almost exclusively so having an additional option like this to expand my creativity excites me. This was the first photo shot with this new simulation. The colour it gives is as if time itself stops for a moment - 

 

My Fujifilm X-T1. WiFi functionality, weather sealed, button at all the right places, a multitude of dials - Fuji really do listen to complaints and feedbacks.

 

Another update that I'm really excited of is the Autofocus + Manual focusing mode which essentially makes macro shot much easier. The addition of an electronic shutter function is also nice, though I'm not sure if I'll ever use it.

 

But a pity that the red record button is still not customisable to a function button.

Below are some quick shots taken from my balcony to compare between the various Fuji simulation mode:

From the examples you can see how subdued, and in many ways dull the colors are. It is not as flexible to shoot as Provia (my favourite mode) that's for sure.

 

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/480, 1.0EV

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/480, 1.0EV

The colors might not pop, but I love this simulation's rendering of the color green.

 

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/340, 1.3EV

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/340, 1.3EV

I missed a good shot. :(

When shooting with Provia, I normally overexpose my subject a bit to make my subject pop a bit more. I tried doing this with Classic Chrome and the result is not good. Over the day I find myself underexposing my pictures more as I find this simulation fits a more dark undertone.

 

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/320, 1.0EV

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/320, 1.0EV

Again, the green rendering is fantastic.

 

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/210, 0EV

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/210, 0EV

Ahl Shams has perhaps the best shawarma in town. It is a Syrian owned restaurant and I have never ever seen a restaurant as busy as this. Be it 9 in the morning, 2 in the evening or 2 at night - the place is always brimming with people.

 

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/210, 0EV

Fujifilm XF35mm F1.4 - ISO 200, F/1.4, 1/210, 0EV

The last time I was here I waited one and a half hours to get my meal. And that was at one o'clock in the morning.

 

I stopped by the shop after having a photoshoot for our Final Year photobook with lab coat and all. 

 

I'm currently having my final year medical school exam. Three papers down and my last paper will be on Tuesday. I can't believe the journey is almost over.

 

My batchmate wrote this book, do check it out. Forget zombies or ghosts, this is collection of stories on outbreaks of various real microorganisms such as syphilis, gonorrhea, H7N9 virus and clostridium tetani. He wrote this during our Microbiology semester, and I'm amazed at how he's able to weave all these medical facts and intricacies and thread it into all these storylines. 

 

My Fuji X100, it broke down earlier this year after 2 years of using it. That's when I opted to upgrade to an X-T1. The camera's all repaired now, costs me RM300 to fix it and a Fuji representative claimed that an electrical component inside it broke down. 

The X100 is probably the most fun camera to carry around and shoot with.

 

The low light performance of the X-T1 is astounding. At night we went out to, in my opinion the best koftah and roasted lamb eatery in town. 

 

But looking at the picture, Classic Chrome is not exactly the type of setting you want on when taking pictures of food. The food looks too dull.

 

The shop's name is Mona, located infront of the Nile River at the heart of Mansoura, Egypt. The picture shows the owner of Mona skewering koftahs that we ordered. I used the XT-1's continuous shooting mode to get this shot correctly. I took maybe 15 pictures before the smoke effect came out as I desired.

 

We ended up ordering 2kg of koftah, 1kg of lamb and 1kg of beef. 

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This night out is actually to celebrate a friend who got married in October of this year. Everyone's so busy that this was the only chance that we've got. 

 

Final thoughts on shooting with Classic Chrome? I absolutely love it. I think that this would be my preferred choice from now on to do street shooting. In other situations, I'll stick with Provia.