“1979” – A Vintage Look. (Film Simulation for X-T1 and more)

UPDATE AUGUST 2021: Hey guys, I just wanted to say Hello and welcome to new and returning visitors. Just a reminder, I don’t charge for any of my recipes, I don’t see the point so I don’t think I ever will charge. But any donations or “coffee tips” are greatly appreciated!! My goal is to get an X-E4 soon so I can create recipes for that. The more tips I get the quicker I can get there. But no worries if you can’t, even just sharing my blog or YouTube channel, or any of these recipes helps out traffic which is awesome. So please share! If you do want to donate to the cause you can use the “Buy Me A Coffee” form at the bottom of these posts or send via PayPal – paypal.me/cbfilmphoto or using my email for PayPal – bergonzoni@mac.com But like I said, sharing this on FB, IG, blogs, YouTube or especially Pinterest is a huge help. It builds traffic. And don’t forget to check out my Straight Out Of Camera series on YouTube where I discuss these recipes – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIRDGsnUJoiPfSElS0R3MyEPaDIESqeAp Thank you! And Enjoy These Recipes!

“1979” Recipe Settings


  • BASE FILM SIMULATION: Astia
  • DYNAMIC RANGE: DR400
  • WHITE BALANCE: 6300K
  • COLOR: -2
  • SHARPNESS: -2
  • HIGHLIGHT TONE: -2
  • SHADOW TONE: -2
  • NOISE REDUCTION: -2

Although I like my Gold Leaf recipe it’s a bit too extreme to use regularly. I created this “1979” recipe to be a look that you can walk around with shooting all kinds of situations with.

I don’t create these recipes trying to mimic any specific film stock. Instead I try to match a feeling or vibe. In this case I wanted to create a look that felt vintage. I decided to name it 1979 because it reminds me of a few 35mm film stocks that were popular in the 70s and 80s.

I created this recipe on my X-T1 and it works great with that X-Trans II sensor. If you have a camera that has the X-Trans III sensor or later then you’ll have more options to add to this. The main one I would add if you have the option is some film grain. Experiment and add to your liking. I imagine some subtle grain will do. Just something to add texture and soften the edges ever so slightly.

I really like this recipe. I can’t wait to try it on my X-H1 with some grain. Try this out for yourself and let me know how it works out.

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6 thoughts on ““1979” – A Vintage Look. (Film Simulation for X-T1 and more)

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  1. Nice effect! I haven’t seen too many Astia-based sims these days… looking forward to giving it a whirl.

    Have you tried it out on cloudy days? (Based on your sample images I don’t even know if you get to see too many clouds. 😉)

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