Review: RNI Films All Films Lite 4 Capture One Styles

RNI Films All Films Lite 4 does a decent job with emulating the look of film. 

Every time RNI puts out an update of some sort, I get very excited. For years, they’ve been my go to for film emulation simulations in times when I want my digital files to look like film and didn’t happen to shoot film. So with their new RNI Films All Films Lite 4 update that came out for Capture One, it was almost like it was a match made in heaven. Capture One’s RAW file editor with RNI Films All Films Lite 4 sounds wonderful. Photographers who want the actual look of film, have shot film, and like the look of it will greatly apprecaite what RNI Films All Films Lite 4 can do. It won’t give you some of the horrid photos you find in Facebook groups where you see, “OMFG IT LOOKS LIKE REAL FILM THIS IS A GAME CHANGER OMFG!!!!” that the folks who have never shot film would say. Instead, it does a good job in most situations. Granted, it can also do a very hit or miss job.

Features

For those not in the know, Capture One has ‘styles’, which are like Lightroom’s presets. They’re more or less the same thing. And RNI Films has been working to support the big move over to Capture One for lots of Lightroom users. With the new Capture One update also came an update to their styles. If you haven’t bought them for yourself, they’re only $59. By far, they’re the absolute best film simulations I’ve tested thus far.

Film Styles Included
COLOUR FILMS

Agfa Optima 100 – Clean / Grainy
Agfa RSX II 100 Cool – Clean / Grainy
Agfa Vista 100 EV – Clean / Grainy
Agfacolor 40s v1 – Clean / Grainy
Agfacolor 40s v2 – Clean / Grainy
Agfacolor 60s – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Astia 100F – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Fortia SP – Clean / Grainy
Fuji FP 100C – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Instax Mini – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Natura 1600 – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Pro 400H – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Provia 400X – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Sensia 100 – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Superia 200 EV+ – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Velvia 50 – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Velvia 100F HC – Clean / Grainy
Fuji Velvia 100F – Clean / Grainy
Kodachrome 40s – Clean / Grainy
Kodachrome 50s – Clean / Grainy
Kodachrome 60s v1 – Clean / Grainy
Kodachrome 60s v2 – Clean / Grainy
Kodachrome 1958 – Clean / Grainy
Kodachrome 2000s v1 – Clean / Grainy
Kodachrome 2000s v2 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak E100GX – Clean / Grainy
Kodak E200 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Ektar 100 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Elite Chrome 100 v2 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Elite Chrome 100 v3 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Elite Chrome 100 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Gold 200 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Portra 160C v1 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Portra 160C v2 – Clean / Grainy
Polaroid 600 – Clean / Grainy
Polaroid 669 – Clean / Grainy
Polaroid 690 Muted – Clean / Grainy
Polaroid 690 – Clean / Grainy
Rollei Digibase – Clean / Grainy

BW FILMS

Agfa Scala 200 – Clean / Grainy
Fomapan 100 – Clean / Grainy
Ilford Delta 100 – Clean / Grainy
Ilford Delta 400 – Clean / Grainy
Ilford Delta 3200 – Clean / Grainy
Ilford HP5 – Clean / Grainy
Ilford Pan F Plus – Clean / Grainy
Kodak T-Max 100 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak T-Max 3200 – Clean / Grainy
Kodak Tri-x 100 – Clean / Grainy

Our Test and Comparison

As many of you may know, the Phoblographer has been working to review every single film emulsion currently on the market. With that said, I’ve also been a film shooter for a number of years with fairly standard testing procedures. In my years of testing cameras and lenses, I’ve come up with lots of sample photos I can test with and have shot in various situations that are similar for a comparison. All of the films that RNI Films All Films Lite 4 has are daylight balanced to 5500k or 5600k. I shoot the same way more or less, unless I’m working with Tungsten white balance. Digital gives me a bit more versatility and so when shooting and scanning these films, I can surely get one look that can be hard to duplicate. Getting that look on Digital consistently isn’t an easy task. So let’s take a look here.

For this section, the first image of each film is the RNI Films All Films Lite 4 simulation. The second photo is actual film.

Fujifilm Velvia 50

Velvia 50 actual film

Ilford Delta 3200

Delta 3200 actual film

Ilford Pan F

Ilford Pan F 50 actual film

Kodak Ektar 100

Kodak Ektar 100, expired 10 years but kept in a freezer the entire time.

Kodak Portra 160

Kodak Portra 160 actual film

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Fujifilm FP100C

Fujifilm FP100C actual film

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Fujifilm Natura 1600

Fujifilm Natura 1600 actual film

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Fujifilm Pro 400H

Fujifilm Pro 400H actual film

Fujifilm Superia 200

Fujifilm Superia 200 actual film

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Ilford Delta 3200

Ilford Delta 3200 actual film

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Ilford Delta 400

Ilford Delta 400 actual film

Conclusions

For the most part, I think RNI Films All Films Lite 4 does a good job. But I think it can do an even better job. Where I think it really nails it is with black and white photos and Kodak film. With Fujifilm emulsions, it could use some work. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the effect that it gives. They still make for great presets even if you don’t think they look like film. But the main purpose, first and foremost, is for the filmic look. And of any option that I’ve tested, this delivers the most, even ahead of VSCO.