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Sony Classic Negative Film Simulation | A unique perspective

Updated: Feb 24

The Classic Negative is my absolute favorite film simulation from Fuji, but it cannot be recreated in a Sony camera, so I thought of giving the Sony recipe a little twist.

Something that will set Sony apart.

sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe

Creating an original look with a distinct character, iconic to Sony cameras, that would set Sony apart from other brands, not only as a leader in high spec cameras, but also as a camera brand with amazing colors.


This is the Sony Classic Neg Film Simulation.


sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe

If you've been here for a while now, you know how much I love color and that 3 years ago I've started a project called Sony Film Simulations. It's a project which is meant to give your Sony camera amazing colors straight out of camera without the need of any color grading. In the process of recreating the most popular film stocks, I've also recreated a couple of Fuji film simulations inside Sony camera only by using the in-camera picture profile menu, including the Fuji Eterna, Classic Chrome, Velvia & Astia.


You can check here how do Sony Film Simulations colors compare to Fujifilm's


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Sony Film Simulations not only improves colors, but also helps getting film like images straight out of the box, cutting down the time spent editing sometimes even completely.


The Sony Classic Neg film simulation has a unique perspective on color and contrast. Strong but faded shadows to ensure an authentic film tone, it has a warm nostalgic feel to it.


The Sony Classic Neg will definitely be one of my first film choices from now on.


All shots taken with the Sony a6700 + Sigma Contemporary 24mm F2

Love this lens, I might buy the whole set.

sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
Sony Classic Negative Film Simulation - Sigma Contemporary 24mm F2
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains

sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
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sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
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The Sony Classic Neg will shift colors depending on the way you expose, a film like characteristic.

sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains

sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe

Now that you had a little taste of this film simulation, let's check the differences between Sony Standard Colors AWB - White Priority vs Sony Classic Neg Film Simulation so you can spot the main differences in color.


Sony Standard Colors AWB - White Priority

Sony Classic Neg Film Simulation


The Sony Classic Negative is a picture profile that has a strong focus on the reds, rendering smooth orange or magenta skin tones (depending on the exposure and light present in the scene), and creating nostalgic and moody images.


sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains

I started shooting at f5.6-f8, set auto-focus to manual, and lowered my shutter speed to shoot the same ways I used to do with film.

This results in soft images with slight motion blur.

Absolutely wonderful!


sony classic negative film simulation recipe in nature mountains
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe
sony classic negative film simulation recipe

Thank you for checking in!



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So this profile is included in your bundle? I have it by the way and i'm just trying it out. The classic neg setting match with setting of pictures from this post? Or should I make some tweaks to make them the same?

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The settings match, but depending on your camera color science, you might need to adjust the tint towards green or magenta with the help of the color filter.

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Pierre Dumas
Pierre Dumas
Dec 03, 2023

I have the Sigma 24/2 too on my a7cii. Great lens indeed. I also have the 65/2. I love those Contemporary lenses by Sigma 👍

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Veres Deni Alex
Veres Deni Alex
Dec 04, 2023
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They are great! Might buy the whole line up

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Guest
Nov 08, 2023

Hey Alex, appreciate your recommendation of Kelvin for indoor shot with the Classic Neg

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Long Bun
Long Bun
Nov 06, 2023

As S-cinetone is not available on my A7iii, any solution?

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Use Still color mode. It's not going to be exactly the same, but Still color mode comes closest compared to other color modes. Leave the rest of the settings the same as mentioned din the recipe.

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I loved the colors on this one, I'm still with a SONY a6300, in this case, would u have a different Color Mode, we don't have S-Cinetone :( or a different version of a recipe? Thank u so much for this amazing work <3

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Veres Deni Alex
Veres Deni Alex
Oct 26, 2023
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Sure, use Still color mode instead. It's not going to be the same, but I find the Still color mode to be the best alternative. The rest of the settings are the same.

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