Masami Tanaka


Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1961.

From childhood, he was interested in photography, and at the age of 18, he created a darkroom in his home, printing colour photographs and developing reversal film. As a student, he majored in chemistry, and thereafter was engaged in manual printing in a film company and became independent.

His specialty is taking photos of nature in general, and at present, he is engaged in nature photos above 60 degrees north latitude. Most of his present work is related to nature, VR360 panorama of the aurora, and motion time lapse. He has published his "Photo Collection, "Crested Kingfisher," and holds many exhibitions nationwide, including at Fujifilm Photo Salons.

Member of APA Japan Advertising Photographer's Association


It has been approximately 15 years since I began photographing the aurora. I have used various types of cameras to do so. However, when it comes to taking nighttime photographs, not all cameras are suited to this. When I photographed the aurora using X-Pro1 when it was released, I was stunned. "What is this camera? Wow!" was my reaction.

"Now I can take photographs to my satisfaction." I covered all the normal shots with this camera, but when it came to motion time lapse shots with external signals, it was not possible.

A little while later, X-E1 was released. It came with an electronic contacts, enabling external interlocking. With this, the maximum strength mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was achieved, enabling the shooting of all auroras.

The more you use this camera, the more you discover its high performance functions.

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