Best film simulation for B&W conversions?

Discussion in 'Fuji X10, X20, X30, XF1, and X-S1' started by Westender, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Westender

    Westender FujiXspot Regular

    Using an X30 . . other than shooting RAW . . is there a benefit, or does anyone have a preference, to shooting any particular color simulation mode (e.g. Velvia, Classic Chrome, etc.) if planning to do B&W conversions as an option in post processing? I would think that the different contrast and colour saturation levels would translate differently in a B&W conversion?
  2. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Veteran

    May 25, 2017
    Northern New Mexico
    Merlin Emrys
    I almost always use Velvia with my X30, which I mainly take on hikes. The extra saturation of that simulation makes for excellent b&w conversions. Of course, one could add saturation in pp whilst using a different simulation as well.
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  3. Phoenix

    Phoenix Ronin-13 Subscribing Member

    Jan 31, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    It would, if just doing a straight conversion, the colours would affect the contrast of the B&W conversion. Merlin uses Velvia, this would produce contrasty and punchy B&Ws because of Velvia's colour saturation. Provia on the otherhand would give you a more subdued and less contrasty B&W.

    If there is a benefit for shooting as such? I guess it really depends on who's behind the camera. Personally I rather just shoot raw, but if you like the output from the film simulation conversions to B&W you should go for it.
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  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2013
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    If I have a colour image that I am desaturating in post my workflow is:

    1. Boost saturation in PS
    2. Flip into Topaz for mono conversion
    3. Back into PS
    4. Boost contrast

    In-camera I just use Acros ;)
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  5. Westender

    Westender FujiXspot Regular

    DSCF2818b&w.JPG Well . . for what it's worth, here's one that started as PRO Neg Hi . . works well for skin tones I think.
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