Q2 Monochrom film simulation (X-trans IV)

NOTE: There was an early version of this recipe, which I have dramatically altered since then, as it was far from accurate. This new one should be more like the “real” thing.

The great thing about the Fujifilm cameras is their what so called film simulations, which are, as you may know, some sort of colour profiles presets that you can further tweak as of your liking. So, because one doesn’t need too much of an excuse I started to experiment with some new film settings with my X-Pro3 with some b&w recipe that would please my eye.

I must tell you right away that I do not possess any Leica Q2 Monochrom, so don’t expect this recipe to be like the real thing ! I’ve based my simulation on examples I’ve found browsing around. I’m well aware that out of the camera shots with the Q2 are rather flat, so this would be the like the outcome after some contrast enhancing. Because I liked the result I got and haven’t seen this recipe published anywhere I decided to share it here for you to experiment with if you like it.

If you happen to have a Q2 Monochrom and read this, please feel free to drop a comment and tell me what you think about it !

I’ll leave you the settings right after

In camera settings
  • Film Simulation: Monochrome G
  • Exposure compensation : between +1/3 and +1 (inside or at night)
  • Grain effect: Off
  • Monochromatic color: WC 0 MG +1
  • Iso settings: from iso 680 up
  • Color Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Color Chrome Effect Blue: Off
  • White balance: 7600k, 0 Red 0 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Tone Curve: H: -1 , S: +2
  • Sharpness: +1
  • Noise reduction: +1
  • Clarity: +1

I chose the Monochrome film simulation rather than the Acros one, because it seems that the former is better that the latter at handling higher ISO values .

Some examples (X-Pro3 + Fuji 23mm f/2 WR)

(The Fujinon 18mm f/2 would be better suited here, as it is practically the same focal lens that the one that comes with the Q2, but I don’t own it)


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