I HAVE BEEN SHOOTING WITH Fujifilm equipment since the launch of the X-Pro1 in 2012 and migrated to the X-Pro3 in January 2020. I adore this Rangefinder ‘style’ of camera. It allows me to photograph up-close naturally composed photos….. However, I’ve lost count of the number of times when shooting at an event, I wished I could have pulled a second camera from my pocket. The X-Pro3 is small, but not small enough to sit unobtrusively in a pocket. So recently, I purchased a tiny, lightweight Fujifilm XF10. I love its minimalist design, and it looks fantastic in Black.
After a few days of using it, I was so pleased with it. Wow, what a powerful little camera, I wish I’d got it years ago. Don’t get me wrong, its not an X-Pro3, nor will it ever replace it. However, it is ultra-compact, has a fixed-lens, fixed-focal-length, wide-angle, inexpensive, and has a massive 24-megapixel APS-C sensor camera. Its also so simple to use, it starts up quickly and has a brilliant Snapshot feature. Snapshot uses zone focusing and has two predetermined settings. Either five meters with at f/5.6 or two meters at f/8. This is brilliant, it enables quick, spontaneous photos as the focus and aperture have already been set
My only issue with the camera is it doesn’t use the X-Trans filter, nor can it hold more than one film simulator at a time. It uses a Bayer sensor, producing images that feel more like they come from my original X-Pro1. In addition, it doesn’t have film simulators, like Acros and Classic Negative, which are on the XPro-3. Yet, it’s still possible to get beautiful JPEGs from the XF10. Also, other options like Grain, Clarity and Colour Chrome Effect are missing. Don’t get me wrong, it produces simply stunning quality images. Therefore, I use the XF10, a little like a modern digital version of my old Olympus or Minolta 35mm cameras. I pull it out of my pocket, when I want a more analogue experience or image, but have the benefits of digital.
I have created many film simulation recipes for my X-Pro cameras over the years; the X-Pro3 uses an X-Trans IV sensor. But none of them were obviusly created for my Fujifilm XF10, with its Bayer sensor. So I have started developing new set of film simulation recipes specifically for this camera.
As mentioned, the XF10 can only save one film simulator at a time. The whole reason for me owning this it to replicate the experience I get when using my old 35mm Olympus or Minolta cameras. I typically use black and white film with these. Therefore the below recipe is the one I use most of the time, giving me that Black and white look and feel.
I hope you enjoy it, I’ve simply called it, Monochrome+R.
Film Sim : Monochrome+R
Dynamic Range: 200%
Noise Reduction: -2
Exposure Compensation: -1/3
When cloudy and overcast, I increase the Highlight setting to +2
I created this recipe for my XF10, but it will work on all cameras with a Bayer sensor, such as the X-A1, X-A2, X-A3, X-A5, X-A7, X-A10, XF10, X-T100, X-T200. I’m sure there are other cameras I have missed off the list too!