Classic Negative film simulation for Fujifilm X-T2 RAF files in Capture One

The X-Pro3 introduced a fantastic film simulation called Classic Negative. It has fantastic subdued, muted, cold vintage tones. Looks fantastic on moody photos and its coldness is like a great counter to Classic Chrome more reddish tones.

Unfortunately, it’s not available for older cameras like the X-Pro2 or the X-T2. To make matters worse, it’s not even available on Capture One, despite we can still find the Eterna film simulation, that was released with the X-H1 and was never made available on older cameras.

Using Classic Negative in Capture One for Fujifilm X-T2

However, there’s hope. We can still use the Classic Negative film simulation in Capture One by modifying the EXIF tags in the RAF file, so it’s read as if it was a RAF created with a Fujifilm X-T3.

To do this, we’re going to use the EXIFtool command line utility that can be downloaded from https://exiftool.org/. This tool will allow us to modify the camera model name, and change it from X-T2 to X-T3.

Check the video above for the complete walkthrough and let me know what you think in the comments. How do you like this film simulation? Do you see yourself using it as a starting point to edit your photos?

As a bonus, if you’re also interested in a Bleach Bypass film simulation for your Fujifilm X-T2 like the new one in the X-T4, check this blog post where I shared a recipe to add to your camera.

Commands

The commands executed in the video are the following:

cp _DSF1234.RAF _DSF1234-xt3.RAFCreates a copy of the RAF file
exiftool _DSF1234-xt3.RAF | grep X-T2Reads EXIF tags filtering those
that have X-T2 in them
exiftool _DSF1234-xt3.RAF -modelReads the camera model
exiftool _DSF1234-xt3.RAF -model=X-T3Writes the new camera model

6 thoughts on “Classic Negative film simulation for Fujifilm X-T2 RAF files in Capture One”

  1. Thank you, Elio, for sharing! I‘ve just tried it and it perfectly works on my X-T10 raw files. Do you know if exiftool can also batch process various photos at the same time or do I have to run this process for each photo individually?

    1. It is possible! You can do

      exiftool *.RAF -software="Digital Camera X-T4 Ver1.00"

      And it will write that string in the EXIF “software” field in all your files.

  2. I wonder if this has any negative impact in terms of Capture One incorrectly processing the image in other ways. I compared two side by side and it seems the lens corrections are applied somewhat differently, looking at the edge of the frame.

    1. I think C1P uses lens correction data when it’s available in the RAF provided by the lens (for example an XF 35 mm) and as a fallback, with their own calculations based on camera model if lens data is not available, for example if using an Helios 44-2. So there’s a chance there might be some difference. Was this for a recognized lens?

  3. Sorry for the late reply. You’re right, seems the default is that C1P uses their own in house profile for each lens (these are all XF). If you switch back to manufacturer profile they are identical. They must have different corrections for each model-lens pairing, which seems odd. Only other thing I’ve noticed is that the ‘as shot’ white balance value is different for the same image depending on exif model XT2/XT3, and its also impossible to get the histogram identical, even with no adjustments. Red channel in particular is a bit different.

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