I've always shot almost entirely JPEG on all of my Fuji cameras over the years; mostly because the JPEGs look so good straight out of camera, that I don't usually have to do much (if any) editing, and also because the small Fuji cameras I've owned over the years have been more "walkaround" cameras for everyday photography — for snapshots and social media.
I'm a fan of bright, vibrant colors, so I've never really shot black and white, but once I got my hands on the X-Pro 2 and started shooting ACROS, I fell in love (as have many others). The tonality and organic feeling grain and texture of the resulting files is incredibly pleasing.
Below are my go-to settings for the ACROS film simulation in my X100F (and previously, the X-Pro 2). My goal with these settings is to create immediately usable files that I can use straight off the card for sharing.
Film Simulation: ACROS / ACROS + G
Dynamic Range: Auto
Noise Reduction: -2
Highlight tone: -2
Shadow Tone: +2
Grain Effect: Weak
Since I almost always have the X100F on me and typically use it for travel and snapshots, I'm usually taking photos of people, where the Green (ACROS + G) works best, increasing contrast for skin (usually better for male portraits, enhancing the grit and character; not so great for women, unless you're going for that look). I often will switch off the Green filter and use regular ACROS, with the same settings, as well.
The highlight and shadow tones create a subtle S-curve in-camera to increase contrast, which I typically do anyway, so this saves me some time in editing (usually on the phone, before posting to social media). The sharpness setting creates that "bite" in the photo, and further increases contrast.
I've always like the more organic, filmic-looking grain that The X-Trans sensor imparts on the images that it takes, so increasing the effect on the out-of camera JPEGs looks good (to me). However, I've noticed at higher ISOs, it does begin to look a little unnatural. The tonality of the ACROS film simulation suffers a little bit when introducing the grain effect, so I may eventually shut it off.
All of the photos in this article are straight out of camera, with the exception of a crop in some.
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