Kodachrome profiles for Lightroom & PEN-F recipe

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 19,583
Kodachrome profiles for Lightroom & PEN-F recipe

Buried deep inside an unrelated thread I posted some stuff about Kodachrome, but some people may be interested in it so I will post it here.

I found this 2017 PEN-F recipe for shooting jpegs that look more like Kodachrome (see the 2nd post):


Note, that the recipe is using the color adjustments that the PEN-F has. With the PEN-F you can adjust saturation for many colors, but you can't adjust hue or lightness. But Lightroom allows adjustment of saturation of many colors, hue, and lightness -- it seems that with some work a Lightroom preset that made those color adjustments, set the white balance close to Kodachrome, had a curve set, etc. could get pretty close. A profile would be better, but more work to create.

If you use the PEN-F settings in the post above then remember that Kodachrome was daylight balanced so to sort of approximate it you should always shoot using the daylight white balance preset -- it probably isn't exactly the same as Kodachrome, but closer than using Auto WB or some other preset. You might want to adjust contrast also or even better adjust using the highlight/midtone/shadow curve tool to get closer to Kodachrome. I haven't tried this yet, but just for kicks I might give it a whirl.

And this guy made a 2019 youtube video demonstrating it. He uses exactly the same settings as the post above.

Olympus Pen F: How to Dial-In Kodachrome 25 Color


Kodachrome II was ASA 25 and Kodachrome X was ASA 64. They were replaced in 1974 with: Kodachrome 25 was ASA 25 and Kodachrome 64 was ASA 64.

I also found these 2 products for Lightroom:



Kodachrome 25 and Kodachrome 64 came out in 1974. I recall that Galen Rowell didn't like Kodachrome 25 as well as Kodachrome II so before it was too late he bought hundreds of rolls of Kodachrome II and put them in his freezer. I think he was still using them when he died in the plane crash in 2002.

Has anyone here tried to get the Kodachrome look with any of your m4/3 (Olympus or Panasonic) bodies?

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