In 1935, Eastman Kodak introduced one of the first color reversal film. It was used in photography and cinema. Its name? Kodachrome. It was used by many great photographers, Steve McCurry being one of them. You can see a Kodachrome gallery on the National Geographic website. You can also see the last roll of Kodachrome film used by Steve McCurry here.

This film look is iconic. Last year, Fuji made a film emulation for its X cameras based on Kodachrome and they named it Classic Chrome. It offers a nice desaturated look with good contrast. Like I said in my Fuji X100T and X-T1 review, I love the colors I get from those cameras. So I decided to develop a DNG Camera Color Profile for the LX100 based on the Fuji Classic Chrome film emulation. I know I should have done it straight from Kodachrome pictures, but I don't know anyone who photographed a Gretag-Macbeth chart with that slide film.

How I did it

I photographed a ColorChecker passport with the Fuji cameras and the LX100. I converted the LX100 file as a DNG and opened it in Adobe DNG Profile Editor (Windows | Mac). 

From there, I matched the colors to the ColorChecker picture I took with the Fuji. After that, I fine-tuned my DNG recipe with a lot of photos taken with the two cameras. It was a LOT of work. I made over 30 iterations before getting the one that I use now. I think it is very close to the Fuji Classic Chrome film emulation. 

Here are some examples of photos taken by a Fuji camera (with the Classic Chrome camera profile) and the Panasonic LX100 (with my Chrome camera profile)

Here are some shots taken with the Panasonic LX100 and processed in Lightroom with my Chrome camera profile.

The Chrome camera profile for the Panasonic DMC-LX100 is available now here. The Panasonic DMC-GX7 version will be available soon and I am also working on a version for the Panasonic DMC-GH4.


Edit: Chrome for GX7 is now available

I just added my Chrome camera profile for the Panasonic DMC-GX7. Here are some pictures taken with the GX7 and processed in Lightroom.

There is a follow up to this post that you can find here.

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