The photojournalism-style photography of British Fujifilm X-Photographer Kevin Mullins was partly responsible for my buying into the interchangeable camera and lens side of Fujifilm’s X-Series APS-C/Super 35 digital photography system, not least for his reliance on and sharing of his custom film simulation JPEG settings.
Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/1.4 R OIS WR on Fujifilm X-T4. This new version gains an aperture ring and weather resistance thought optics remain the same. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Australia.
Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR on Fujifilm X-Pro3. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Australia.
Fujifilm X-H1 with Fujinon XF XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR professional standard zoom lens. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Australia.
At the moment I have reverted my Fujifilm cameras’ JPEG settings back to factory settings but will be installing new film simulations soon, especially now that Mr Mullins recently shared his latest ones and that other photographers have been working on their own versions of a range of classic film stocks, many of which have been shared online by David Triregno.
Pity there are only seven custom settings slots in current Fujifilm X-Series cameras!
Mr Mullins’ 2020 film simulation settings are aimed at the latest generation of Fujifilm cameras with their Colour Chrome, Clarity and Monochrome Colour options but, as I have found with some quick and dirty tests, they are perfectly serviceable on older cameras that do not offer these options.
Accurate film simulations are one of the strengths of Fujifilm X and GFX cameras and are particularly useful if one needs to bypass running all one’s photographs through raw processing software for each project and even more so when one must share photographs without delay.
I will be adding Kevin Mullins’ Padilla, Meyerowitz, Parr and probably Kodak Style simulations to my Fujifilm cameras soon, and will study his other styles as well as those shared on David Triregno’s spreadsheet.
“… A native New Yorker, he has roamed through America constantly since earning a BA in Art from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1965, already obsessed with “the great underlying theme of my work: the utopian vision of America contrasted with the dystopian one”.”
I recommend learning photography with a view camera, analog or digital, if that is an option as it is a very different, more contemplative experience than can be had with most smaller format cameras.
With the ongoing depletion of available 4″x5″ and 8″x10″ sheet film stock, professional processing labs and top-quality analog printing services, it may be wise to consider digital options if contemplating photographing on location with field and portable view cameras.
The gallery and list below contain a number of digital alternatives that accept mirrorless cameras and digital backs of various brands via adapters.
The medium and large format film colour photography of Joel Sternfeld, Joel Meyerowitz and other North American photographers crucially influenced my own ways of seeing and working as much as that of small, hand camera photographers.
Notable colour photographers of the former persuasion worth checking out include these:
Alpa 12 SWA Rosewood Natural shift wide angle medium format digital camera …
Arca-Swiss F-Universalis DSLR camera for Canon, Fujifilm GFX, Leica M, Nikon and Sony E digital cameras via adapters, illustrated with with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt/shift lens, can be used with a wide range of other lenses.
Cambo WRS-1600 shift/swing/tilt digital view camera for use with Hasselblad, Leaf, Phase One and Sinar digital backs and a range of digital cameras via adapters.
Cambo Actus-GFX view camera for use with the Fujifilm GFX-50S digital camera and in configurations for a range of other mirrorless cameras and digital backs.
Horseman SW612 Professional medium format digital camera with rise/fall/shift camera movements.
Linhof Master Technika 4″x5″ view camera can be used with a range of roll film, sheet film and digital backs. Image courtesy of Linhof.
Sinar LanTec Mobile Camera Platform with SinarBack S 30|45
Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) – B&H – remarkable effort from Fujifilm with the next version of this camera to be the GFX-100S, and with a rangefinder or rangefinder-style alternative apparently also coming sometime soon in the form of the GFX-50R.
Horseman VCC PRO View Camera Converter for Canon – B&H
Linhof 4×5 Master Technika 3000 Metal Field Camera – B&H
Linhof 4×5 Master Technika “Classic” Rangefinder Metal Field Camera – B&H – this really is the classic folding portable view camera for use in the hand or on a stand aka tripod, with rangefinder and optical viewfinder.
Linhof Techno Digital Field Camera (Body Only) – B&H
Silvestri Bicam Professional Modular Camera Body – B&H