Going classic with Fujifilm’s Classic Negative Film Simulation


During my short one week period with the sample, Fujifilm X-Pro3 set. One of the features that I really looked forward to testing out was the newest film simulation “Classic Negative”.

This month’s article is thus a follow-up to my full review of the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and for brevity’s sake, I shall focus on sharing image samples shot with Classic Negative while sharing the history of the famed Fujifilm film simulations. 


A short history of Film Simulations

Fujifilm film simulations come as close to Fujifilm’s photographic soul as their X-Trans sensors. Unlike the standard camera profiles such as natural, neutral, vivid or monochrome from other brands, the film simulations created by Fujifilm are unique and only possible with Fujifilm’s color know-how accumulated over 80 years of film production.

Classic Negative film simulation

One of my favorite film simulations has consistently been Pro Neg High (Natural skin tone reproduction) and Astia (Soft tones combined with a saturated pop of colors). The new film simulation Classic Negative is described in-camera as “enhanced color with hard tonality to increase image depth”.

My initial feelings about the new film simulation shooting indoors were quite underwhelming with washed-out colors but it all changed when I brought the X-Pro3 outside and the film simulation started to show me it’s unique characteristics.

All samples here were only slightly post-processed from the original JPEGs from the X-Pro3 to ensure parity in comparison to the reader. At the time of writing, there was no support for X-Pro3 raw files in Lightroom CC.

It is difficult to find the most appropriate words, but personally, Classic Negative feels to be like a more refined version of Classic Chrome, with an added punch in color and its tones, while at the same time being able to retain a natural feel to the image.

Not to be confused with Classic Chrome, Classic Neg is a unique rendition charming in itself, providing Fujifilm users ever more creative opportunities and I hope this simulation comes to more Fujifilm cameras.

Classic Negative obviously may not be a film simulation for everyday moments with its tinge of vintage and moody elements but it indeed is a worthy inclusion to the photographer’s toolkit.

Here’s a shout-out to Fujifilm X-Photographer Ivan Joshua Loh for making this shoot possible.

Thank you for reading.

About the writer

Keith Wee has been using Fujifilm since 2013. A Mathematics teacher by profession, he is also the administrator of Fujifilm ClubX, the Fujifilm facebook group for all photography aficionados. He writes about life and photography reviews at keithwee.com. He can be reached at [email protected]