Kodachrome Classic for 70s Kodak Style

Vintage Kodachrome film recipe for Fujifilm X-Trans IV cameras

The classic Kodachrome films are much loved, and with adjustments to the Classic Chrome film simulation, images that reflect this era can be readily achieved on Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Early Kodachrome films had creamy skintones and delicious blues, giving them a character that is deeply connected to that era. Anything with creams, browns and blues looked fantastic on 60s and 70s Kodachrome film.

My Kodachrome Classic recipe seeks to emulate the spirirt of these early photos, with a slide film feel and richly retro tone like a classic 60s and 70s Kodachrome photo. I find that it loves bright conditions and blue skies, so it would be a perfect companion on travel and vacations.

Kodachrome skies, with the Kodachrome Classic film recipe

Kodachrome Classic Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: 0
  • Colour: +2
  • Sharpness: +1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: +1 (leave this off, if you want fast shooting)
  • EV compensation: +1/3

In February 2023, this recipe was a feature of our Film Recipes Challenge. You can see the wonderful user submissions in the Kodachrome Classic Gallery.

Old buildings in Wickham, with Kodachrome Classic
Birch trunks, taken with Kodachrome Classic film recipe
Mushroom season, captured with Kodachrome Classic film recipe
High flyer
Backlit copper beech
Spring leaves in morning light, Kodachrome Classic film recipe
Spring grasses, with sunlight behind. Kodachrome Classic film recipe.
Kite surfing on a windy day, Kodachrome Classic film recipe
After a storm, the beach is full of shells, Kodachrome Classic film recipe
Late afternoon colour, using Kodachrome Classic film recipe
Last moments of a seaside sunset, with Kodachrome Classic film recipe
A grey day in the big city, using Kodachrome Classic film recipe
Same spot, different day … Kodachrome Classic film recipe
They’re not interested in sunsets, Kodachrome Classic film recipe
Not interested in having photo taken either … Kodachrome Classic recipe
Scenes from a winter woodland, using Kodachrome Classic film recipe
On the heath at golden hour, with the Kodachrome Classic film recipe
Sunlight through a decaying fern, with Kodachrome Classic film recipe

More Kodachrome Looks

The good news is that there are several excellent Kodachrome inspired recipes, with the FujiXWeekly ones are a popular choice.

  • Kodachrome II – I prefer the v2 version further down the page.
  • Kodachrome 25 – Back to the 70s with this classic film recipe.
  • Kodachrome 64 – A really great all-rounder with a retro feel.

And, on this site, you should take a look at …


Embrace a film-like look and join in with the Film Recipes Challenge 📸 Take photos with the Flatpack film recipe, and share them in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. This recipe is based on film prints in a matte low contrast style. Join in from where you live with a deadline of end of 29th March. #flatpack 👍

3 responses to “Kodachrome Classic for 70s Kodak Style”

  1. Second set from Mexico.

    01. Corner house: https://i.imgur.com/3S3Ji19.jpg
    02. Windy day: https://i.imgur.com/okWyQsG.jpg
    03. Carefree: https://i.imgur.com/jhSznnh.jpg
    04. Hand-painted: https://i.imgur.com/GM4bI9k.jpg
    05. Too bad it’s overcast. Usually blue and and clear: https://i.imgur.com/tkA0YXC.jpg
    06. Blue whales come here every year: https://i.imgur.com/CGBAMED.jpg
    07. Anchored sailing boat: https://i.imgur.com/CWlBapx.jpg
    08. Palm trees everywhere: https://i.imgur.com/4ANeuRp.jpg
    09. Female blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii): https://i.imgur.com/yaEQcSq.jpg
    10. The partner (unfortunately he sat down, hiding his striking blue feet): https://i.imgur.com/iLFesSv.jpg
    11. Tiny shop window. Taco shop will now take your order: https://i.imgur.com/o8k2bvK.jpg
    12. Whale camp. My tent last year, now occupied by someone else.: https://i.imgur.com/CO1o1uT.jpg
    13. Chair on the dune: https://i.imgur.com/Apjnni4.jpg
    14. Low tide: https://i.imgur.com/hBzy5Rx.jpg
    15. Scallop shells: https://i.imgur.com/pfbgCys.jpg

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