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Fujifilm’s ACROS Film Simulation In The Real World

Since I started shooting JPEG on my Fujifilm cameras back in 2018, the popularity of film simulations and Fujifilm’s JPEGs has increased massively. Huge communities have been built around sharing and creating recipes to emulate film or just to take advantage of those beautiful Fuji colours.

Whilst I’ve switched between Astia and Classic Chrome as my favourite colour simulation, there’s only ever been one simulation for black and white and that is Fujifilm’s Acros film simulation.

I’ve always had a thing for black and white photography. It has a timeless beauty to it and, for some reason, it pushes me to focus even harder on light on composition. Fujifilm’s Acros is legendary. One question some have is, if you love it that much, why not just shoot film and use the actual Acros rather than Fujifilm’s digital version of it. Well, why would I? I don’t really shoot film at all and Fujifilm give us the best of both worlds here; the look of film all wrapped up nicely in a modern digital image.

There are no doubt many articles and YouTube videos these days about the Fujifilm Acros simulation but I want to show you just what the JPEGs look like in real world scenarios. I use one recipe these days for my black and white photography, Acros Punch, and I use it for travel photography, daily shots and even weddings.

I’m currently working on a series of posts that document cities in beautiful black and white. At the moment, I’ve covered Melbourne, Manchester and London but there will no doubt be plenty more to come.

Examples of Fujifilm’s Acros film simulation are littered across this blog; take a look around, it’s always being used!

‘Acros Punch’ Recipe

  • DR 200

  • FS Acros Yellow

  • Grain Off

  • WB Auto

  • Highlight +3

  • Shadows +4

  • Sharpness +2

  • Noise Reduction -4

I’ve set up a JPEG import that I apply across all of my straight out of camera JPEGs which is simply +10 Contrast, +15 Clarity, a slight S Curve and -5 Vignette.

For those using Lightroom and shooting RAW, try this which I’ve tried to match. It’s not a perfect match, I’ve found it almost impossible to match what comes out of the Fujifilm cameras, specifically Acros, in Lightroom but this works for me:

  • Contrast +35

  • Highlights +40

  • Shadows -45

  • Whites +32

  • Blacks -50

  • Clarity +40

  • Slight S Curve

  • Sharpening 65, Detail 10, Masking 30

Now you’ve got the details, it’s time to see Fujifilm’s Acros simulation in the real world. These photos are all taken with either the X-T2 or the X100F and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!

Does this work on the Fujifilm X-T5? Damn right it does – head here for all of my latest JPEG recipes!

Fujifilm’s Acros Film Simulation In The Real World

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11 thoughts on “Fujifilm’s ACROS Film Simulation In The Real World”

  1. Outstanding imagery.I love the image of the guitarist and the woman standing in front of the waterfall.I am attempting to create a lightroom preset from your recommended settings but I don’t understand what you meany by “Slight S Curve”.

  2. Hi Jamie! Whaoo really great photos.. Now I really like this Acros settings and using a lot in LR.. I want to leave LR for Capture One and tried to convert this settings for CaptureOne.. but so far not so succesfull..just close, but not good enough.. have you tried it on CaptureOne..?Brgds Mas A

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