Review: RNI Film All Films 4.0 Pro (Adobe Lightroom Presets)

For a number of years now, Really Nice Images has been working on creating loads of very film-like presets through use of science. These photo filters/emulsions/presets culminate in their latest offering: RNI Films 4.0 All Films. The emulsions are designed for use with different cameras and have things including camera profiles in addition to some of the more recently popular emulsions such as Fujifilm Natura 1600. That means that you can apply these emulsions to your digital photos in Lightroom or even Photoshop.

Of course, RNI doesn’t consider these to be replacements for actual film. But to be honest, it comes very close.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Portra and EG100 seem to be off at times, though it’s very rare
  • Fujifilm 100C is pretty darn accurate
  • Simple to use
  • Makes a lot of sense in use
  • The camera profiles are quite interesting to work with when you use more conventional cameras.

Cons

  • Doesn’t seem to work so well with the Leica MD Update: Nope it works fine. I screwed up when t came to white balancing and understanding the NYC Subway.

Features

RNI films 4.0 All Films takes all the film emulsions that RNI has cataloged and gift wraps them into one package. This listing, taken from the product page, shows you what you get:

NEGATIVE FILMS
Agfa Optima 100 / EV- / EV– / EV+ / EV++ / HC / Cool / Vivid / Warm Muted / Old&Faded / Old&Faded +
Agfa Optima 400 / EV- / EV+
Agfa Vista 100 / EV- / EV– / EV+ / Warm
Fuji Natura 1600 / NR / HC – NR / HC / Cool – NR / Cool / Muted – NR / Muted / Muted+ – NR / Muted+
Fuji Pro 160C / EV- / EV+
Fuji Pro 160NS / EV- / EV– / EV+ / Alt / Vibrant / Aqua Fade / Green Fade / Green Fade + / Warm
Fuji Pro 400H / EV- / EV+
Fuji Pro 800Z / EV- / EV+
Fuji Superia 200 / EV- / EV+ / EV++ / Alt / Alt II / Alt III / Alt IV / Alt V
Fuji Superia 400
Fuji Superia 800
Fuji Superia 1600
Kodak Color Plus 200 / EV- / EV+
Kodak Color Plus 400 / EV- / EV+
Kodak Ektar 100 / EV- / EV+ / Vibrant / Fade Green / Fade Warm
Kodak Gold 100 / EV- / EV+ / Old&Cold / Old&Cold HC / Old&Cold EV+ / Old&Cold DR
Kodak Gold 200 / EV- / EV– / EV+
Kodak Gold 400 / EV- / EV+
Kodak Portra 160C / EV- / EV+ / Alt / Cool / Green Fade / Faded Print
Kodak Portra 160VC  / EV- / EV+ / Faded / Expired / Warm Fade
Kodak Portra 400 / EV- / EV+ / Green Fade
Kodak Portra 800 / EV- / EV+ / Alt / Cool
Rollei Digibase / EV- / EV+ / Alt / Alt II / Lomo (5 variations)
SLIDE FILMS
Agfa Precisa 100 / Cool / Warm
Agfa RSX II 100 / Cool / Warm
Fuji Astia 100F / Alt / Cool / Warm
Fuji Fortia SP / Alt / Cool / Warm
Fuji Provia 100F / Alt / Cool / Warm
Fuji Provia 400X
Fuji Sensia 100 / v1 / v2 / v3 / Alt / Alt2
Fuji Velvia 100
Fuji Velvia 100F
Fuji Velvia 50 / v1 / v2 / v3 / v4 / Alt
Kodak E100G / Alt / Cool / Warm
Kodak E100GX
Kodak E100VS
Kodak E200 / v1 / v2 / v3 Skintones / Alt /  Alt II / Cool / Warm
Kodak Elite / Warm
Kodak Elite Chrome 100 / DR / DR2 / Expired
INSTANT FILMS
Fuji FP 100C / Alt / Alt II / Alt III / Cool Fade / Cool Fade HC / Green Fade / Green Fade + / Skintones / Warm Fade / Warm Fade + / Warm Muted
Fuji Instax Mini / Alt / Alt II Warm / Hard Fade / Soft Fade / Skintones / Skintones HC
Polaroid 600 / Alt / Alt II / Cool / Expired / Cool II / Slightly Expired / Warm / Warmer
Polaroid 669 / Alt / Cool / Expired / Expired II / Expired III / Expired IV / Expired V / Warm Fade
Polaroid 690 / Cool Fade / Muted / Muted Alt / Muted Alt II / Muted Alt III / Muted Alt IV / Muted Alt V / Warm Fade
B&W FILMS
Agfa Scala 200 / Alt / Faded / Faded + / HC / HC + / HC + Faded
Fomapan 100 / Alt / Alt II
Ilford Delta 100 / Alt / Faded / Faded + / HC
Ilford Delta 3200 / Alt / Faded / HC
Ilford Delta 400 / Alt / Faded / Faded + / Faded ++ / HC
Ilford Delta 800 / Faded / HC
Ilford FP4 / Faded / Faded + 
Ilford HP5 / Faded / Faded +
Ilford Pan F Plus / Faded / HC
Kodak T-Max 100 / Faded / HC
Kodak T-Max 3200 / Faded / HC
Kodak Tri-x 100 / Faded / HC
Kodak Tri-x 400 / Faded / HC
VINTAGE FILMS
Agfacolor 40s / Faded Reality / Faded / HC / Warm Reality / Warm /
Agfacolor 50s / Cool Fade / Muted
Agfacolor 60s / Alt
Agfacolor XPS 160 / Alt 2 / Alt 3 High / Alt 3 Mid / Alt 3 Safe / Alt 3 Under / Alt / Calm / Cool / Muted 2 / Muted / Skintones
Kodachrome 1958 / Faded
Kodachrome 1959 / Alt
Kodachrome 2000’s / Alt
Kodachrome 40s / v1 / v2 Restored / v3 Alt / v4 Alt II / v5 Alt III / v6 Alt IV
Kodachrome 50s / Alt /Alt 2 / Alt 3 / Alt 4 / Cool Shadows / HC II / Slide 2 / Slide 3 / Slide 4 / Slide 8 / Slide 9 / Vibrant & Cool / Vibrant + / Vibrant / Warm + / Warm Fade / Warmer
Kodachrome 60s / Slide 1 / Slide 2 / Slide 3 / Warm
Kodachrome 64 Alt II / Alt III / Alt / Calmer Reds / Cool / Warm / Cooler Blues
Technicolor 2 (Approx)
RNI TOOLKIT
– LIGHTROOM ONLY
Jpeg tone compensation
Fade
Hard Fade
Grain
Slide Frames
Smart Contrast
Vignette
Analog Softness
Vintage Lens Effect

Ease of Use

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These are presets, so generally speaking they’re designed to be applied to your photos and emulate the look of film. Really Nice Images does loads of research into this and if you’ve used the RNI Films app for iOS, you’ll have a lot of fun here. Something that I really like doing when I work with proper cameras is shooting them in the same way that I would a film camera. With that said, I often use the more traditional ISO settings like ISO 100, ISO 160, 400, 1600, etc. Then when I go to editing the images, I’ll apply a preset to them accordingly in addition to white balancing the image to Daylight.

Unfortunately, RNI Films doesn’t do anything for Tungsten based film yet–though I’d LOVE for them to do this.

When you take these steps, you end up getting something that looks closer to film.

Kodak Portra 400

Original

Original

Portra 400

Portra 400

Original

Original

Portra 400

Portra 400

Portra in general tends to lose highlights, but it’s a very forgiving film. I once shot Portra 400 in 120 at ISO 200 and then asked Lomography to push it. The images came out great. In general, one of the most accepted ways of shooting and developing the film is to shoot it at ISO 200 and develop for 320.

Below is what some scanned Portra 400 film looks like in both 35mm and 120.

Chris-Gampat-The-Phoblographer-Film-scans-27-of-74

This was done with a Bronica ETRS and Portra 400 in 120 format. This image used a variable ND filter and I most likely overexposed by 1/3rd of a stop.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX with Kodak Portra 400 (2 of 11)

This and the image below were in 35mm.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX with Kodak Portra 400 (11 of 11)

The most important application of Kodak Portra is skin tones and portraits. For the most part here, RNI Films has done a decent job. You’ve got a load of different Portra presets you can apply and then fine tune with their RNI Films Kit.

While some colors may be a bit off at times, just remember that all sorts of editing that you may do to boost purples or greens was completely possible (and still is) in the darkroom.

Kodak EG100

Then when it comes to applying the presets to other films, things get really interesting. Before it was gone, it was arguably my favorite chrome film. Here are some samples shot with Sony mirrorless cameras and then having the various EG100 presets applied.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films EG100 edit (1 of 1)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films Kodak EG100 variant (1 of 1)ISO 1001-640 sec at f - 3.5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films Kodak EG100 other variant (1 of 1)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films Kodak EG100 other similarity (1 of 1)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 4.0

So how close is this to the actual film? Well, let’s take a look. The following images are scans that I’ve done of Ektachrome over the years.

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Kodak Ektachrome Scans (8 of 16)

Kodak Ektachrome

Kodak Ektachrome

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Kodak Ektachrome Scans (10 of 16)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Kodak Ektachrome Scans (15 of 16)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Kodak Ektachrome Scans (13 of 16)

When it comes to skin tones, their Ektachrome (EG100) emulsion doesn’t do such a bad job. The colors aren’t tremendously off either; but where I’d say the RNI Films preset is lacking a bit has to do with their rendering of shadows.

In truth, you can easily boost the shadows in Lightroom.

Fujifilm 100C

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Polaroid 180 review product photos (8 of 12)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.0

Another film that I’ve worked with for a very long time is 100C. I’ve screwed up with it more than enough times to know that its latitude is pretty lacking. However, it can deliver absolutely incredible images. The counterpoint: very few cameras are available with solid optics that let you take advantage of the full film plane–which is essentially 6×9 if you’ve worked with the latest emulsion before it was canned.

Here are some applications to a Sony camera’s output.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Instant 100C samples (1 of 3)ISO 1001-640 sec at f - 3.5 Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Instant 100C samples (2 of 3)ISO 4001-250 sec at f - 11

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Instant 100C samples (3 of 3)ISO 1001-250 sec at f - 3.5

Now let’s look at some scans.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Polaroid 210 With Canon 580 EX II scans and photo (2 of 3)

An example of a photo shot with Fujifilm 100C in 3" by 4".

An example of a photo shot with Fujifilm 100C in 3″ by 4″.

I’ve got a whole box full of scans if people are truly interested here. The RNI films emulsion set for 100C does a decent job, but I feel like it brings too much details out of the shadows. It handles the fact that highlights are pretty much gone and you need to have very little contrast in your scene pretty well though. Additionally, as the film expires the loss of dynamic range tends to increase. You’ll also get obvious color shifts.

Fujifilm Instax Mini

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films Fujifilm Instax Mini render (1 of 1)ISO 2001-80 sec at f - 4.0

Instax Mini is an ISO 800 film designed for use with Fujifilm, Lomography and Mint cameras. It’s business card sized but capable of rendering loads of details. Oddly enough, I usually recommend overexposing it just a bit.

The image above and those below are applications to Canon, Pansonic and Sony cameras.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Instant instax mini sample extra portrait Alt (1 of 1)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 1.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Instant instax mini sample extra portrait (1 of 1)ISO 1001-2000 sec at f - 1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Instant instax mini sample (1 of 1)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 2.8

With the exception of certain color shifts, it’s pretty accurate. Now let’s look at some scans.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 scan pizza (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 scan meserole st (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 scan montrose ave (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 scan selfie with Jordana (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 scan flash blending (1 of 1)

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 sample 8 (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 sample 5 (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 sample 4 (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 sample 7 (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 sample 1 (1 of 1)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 sample 3 (1 of 1)

This one is very tough to figure out–most Instax cameras have plastic lenses with the exception of the Mint Camera TL70–which we love very much. But even that doesn’t have manual shutter adjustment. I think that the colors aren’t a far ways off, but I wouldn’t quite call what RNI Films is doing here to be Instax.

Camera Profiles

For the most part, the two Camera Profiles that RNI offers are quite good when applied to Panasonic, Sony, and Canon camera images as you’ve seen so far. You’ll generally go in and apply these first to an image, set the white balance and then apply the preset. But when it came to working with the Leica M-D, I was getting weird results. I was clearly in a daylight based situation at one point, and just kept messing with the way that the images looked. For the Leica, you’re best off just not using the Camera profiles and instead going right to the presets.

Update: Nope it works fine. I screwed up when t came to white balancing and understanding the lighting inside of the newer trains vs the older trains that are part of the NYC Subway.

Heck, it even did a great job with a Pentax camera’s output that I tested years ago! I totally didn’t expect that one.

While the RNI Films profile with a smaller number tends to make images a tad brighter, the one with the larger number makes them a bit darker.

Beyond all this, you can do somethings that app can like adding dust, scratches, etc.

Image Quality

Here are some other emulsions applied to photos.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (1 of 9)ISO 4001-180 sec at f - 1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (2 of 9)ISO 4001-45 sec at f - 1.7

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (4 of 9)ISO 2001-1000 sec at f - 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (5 of 9)ISO 2001-500 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (6 of 9)ISO 2001-500 sec at f - 11

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (7 of 9)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 4.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (3 of 9)ISO 2001-3000 sec at f - 2.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (5 of 9)ISO 2001-500 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (6 of 9)ISO 2001-500 sec at f - 11

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films portra with green and variations (5 of 5)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films portra with green and variations (4 of 5)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films portra with green and variations (3 of 5)ISO 1601-100 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films portra with green and variations (2 of 5)ISO 1601-100 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films portra with green and variations (1 of 5)ISO 1601-100 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI Films with camera profiles Portra 160 no analog softness (1 of 1)ISO 2001-80 sec at f - 5.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films Portra 400 with better exposure (1 of 1)ISO 4001-320 sec

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films Kodak Tri-X (1 of 1)ISO 4001-160 sec

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films Kodak Portra 160VC Expired (1 of 1)ISO 2001-80 sec at f - 5.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Kodak Portra 400 sample portrait (1 of 2)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 2.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Kodak Delta 400 sample portrait extra Naveed (1 of 1)ISO 1001-2000 sec at f - 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Kodak Delta 400 sample portrait extra (1 of 1)ISO 2001-60 sec

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Kodak Delta 400 sample portrait (1 of 1)ISO 4001-250 sec at f - 2.5

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Natura 1600 samples (4 of 4)ISO 50001-60 sec at f - 1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Natura 1600 samples (3 of 4)ISO 50001-60 sec at f - 1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Natura 1600 samples (2 of 4)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI All Films 4.0 review Fujifilm Natura 1600 samples (1 of 4)ISO 20001-60 sec at f - 1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (9 of 9)ISO 2001-2000 sec at f - 4.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (8 of 9)ISO 2001-350 sec at f - 2.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer RNI 4.0 all film with Leica (7 of 9)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 4.8

Conclusions

Does RNI Films do a great job? I’d say yes, but not an excellent one.

Do the images end up looking like film? Yes and no. You’re best off applying the camera profiles first.

Would I use it again? Heck yes–but more because I like the variety of looks that are offered and not necessarily because I like the film-look. I’m a skilled enough photographer in that if I want to use film, I’ve got no major reason not to. I tend to stick to CineStill emulsions these days, but either way I like what RNI is doing here.

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RNI Films All Films 4.0 Pro receives four out of five stars. I’d love a bit more fine tuning and I’m sure that they’ll do it. And I’d also love Tungsten film presets. At the moment though, this and VSCO are some of the closest things that you’ll get to film looking presets.