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Last updated: 2005-06-18

Compiled and written by Philbert Ono

What's this? List of photography-related words in English and Japanese. The Main List has 1100+ words (click on the alphabet links). Many of the words are also categorized in separate lists (General, Camera, etc.). Meanwhile, the J-E List is a separate Japanese-to-English list of essential words not included in the Main List. And Signs is a photo gallery of Japanese signs explained in English.

Note: If the Japanese term contains an English word, the English word is spelled in normal English in the romanization. This is for easier recognition and maybe easier pronunciation and understanding. If the Japanese term is identical to the Engiish, a left arrow <- is displayed (you still have to pronounce it in the Japanese katakana way). Macrons are provided to indicate long vowel sounds. Credits here.

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earthquake jishin 地震
editor-in-chief henshū-chō 編集長Compiled by Philbert Ono atヘンシュウチョウ
effective pixels yūkō gaso 有効画素数 See also total pixels.
effective range (flash, AF-assist beam, etc.) yūkō kyori 有効Compiled by Philbert Ono atユウコウ距離キョリ
electronic contacts setten 接点Compiled by Philbert Ono atセッテン Namely, on the lens mount.
e-mail address meeru address メールアドレス Postal address: jūsho 住所Compiled by Philbert Ono atジュウショ
embarrassing photo hazukashii shashin 恥ずかしい写真
emulsion nyūzai 乳剤
endoscope naishikyō camera 内視鏡Compiled by Philbert Ono atナイシキョウカメラ
English eigo 英語Compiled by Philbert Ono atエイゴ
English brochure eigo no pamphlet 英語Compiled by Philbert Ono atエイゴのパンフレット
English instruction manual eigo-ban shiyōu setsumeisho 英語版Compiled by Philbert Ono atエイゴバン使用説明書シヨウセツメイショ
English magazines eigo no zasshi 英語の雑誌
enlarge hikinobasu 引伸ばす  
enlarged photo hikinobashi shashin 引伸ばし写真  
enlarger hikinobashi-ki 引伸機
entry-level model entry model, entry-ki, fukyū-ki エントリーモデル、エントリー機、普及Compiled by Philbert Ono atフキュウ
erase (images) shōkyo suru Compiled by Philbert Ono atショウキャクカコウする
Erase button shōkyo button 消去Compiled by Philbert Ono atショウキョボタン
erotic/racy photograph ero shashin, etchi na shashin エロ写真、Hな写真Compiled by Philbert Ono atシャシン
Error messages (Digital camera)
a. Busy...
b. CF card full
c. No CF card
d. No images (empty card)
e. No ink
f. No paper
g. Paper jammed
h. Replace the battery
i. Set the date/time

a. shori-chū
b. CF card ga ippai
c. CF card ga arimasen
d. gazō ga arimasen
e. ink ga arimasen
f. paper ga arimasen
g. paper ga tsumarimashita
h. battery o kōkan shite kudasai
i. Hizuke/jikoku o shitei kudasai

a. 処理中
b. CFカードがいっぱい
c. CFカードがありません
d. 画像がありません
e. インクがありません
f. ペーパーがありません
g. ペーパーが詰まりました
h. バッテリーを交換してください
i. 日付/時刻を指定してください
These error messages were taken from Canon D-SLRs. Other camera makers might have slightly different expressions.
evaluative metering hyōka sokkō 評価Compiled by Philbert Ono atヒョウカ測光ソッコウ
Excuse me! Sumimasen! As in English, you can say this to apologize or get the salesman's attention.
exhibition catalog zuroku 図録Compiled by Philbert Ono atズロク
Exif Igujifu イグジフ
expiration date (of film, food, etc.) yūkō kigen 有効期限
expired film kigen-kire no film 期限切れのフィルム
expose photo paper (with enlarger) yaku 焼く Literally, "to burn."
exposed film satsuei-sumi no film 撮影済みのフィルム
exposure compensation roshutsu hosei 露出補正 Exposure compensation setting: roshutsu hosei-chi
exposure latitude rokō kyoyō han-i, latitude 露光許容範囲、ラチチュード
exposure level indicator roshutsu level hyōji 露出Compiled by Philbert Ono atロシュツレベル表示ヒョウジ A scale indicating the exposure compensation setting, etc.
exposure meter roshutsu-kei 露出計
exposure value (EV) roshutsu-chi 露出値Compiled by Philbert Ono atロシュツチ
extension tube <- エクステンションチューブ
external flash gaibu sutorobo 外部Compiled by Philbert Ono atガイブストロボ Also called "Speedlite."
external power pack (for flash, etc.) gaibu dengen 外部電源
Eye Control AF shisen nyūryoku AF 視線Compiled by Philbert Ono atシセン入力ニュウリョクAF Canon terminology.
eyepoint <- アイポイント

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