I want to take a self portrait but the R5 will not focus with the 10 second timer.
The settings: Timer 10 seconds. People. Eye Detect. One shot mode.
I even tried "Continuous Focus" thinking that might work, but no success.
Any suggestions re my settings - or is it normal, as I am reading elsewhere that the camera truly will not focus when the 10 second timer is used?
I have never tried or tested it, but it seems like the shutter delay timer locks both exposure and focus when it is initiated. This is similar to how One Shot AF mode works when the shutter delay timer has not been enabled.
If you want to take a self portrait with the camera using eye detect, then I suggest using a cable or electronic remote device. The self timer trips the shutter but does not cause the camera to autodetect eyes. So to do so, you need to have focus enabled for the shutter button, half press the remote to get focus and then fully press to take the shot.
Alternatively, do it the old school way. Manually pre-focus the camera on a proxy object where your face will be with sufficient DoF to cover your whole face. Use the 10sec timer to activate the camera and during that time switch places with the proxy device.
Is there a ticket to address this issue at some point? It seems like it should be a pretty easy fix, and given Canon's reputation as a front runner in photography, I would expect them to soon.
It is not an issue. It is how cameras work. They do not refocus during shutter delay mode.
If you still disagree and feel that there is a need to escalate and bring this topic to Canon’s attention, then I suggest that you setup a service ticket for your issue. These forums are not Canon Service or Support.
I don't feel this is a bug either. You can leave feedback and make a feature quest on the Canon USA website.
Select feedback, > then product
I like Trevors suggestion. A bluetooth controller could be used for this and allow the AF to be engaged. You could also use a mobile device and shoot tethered.😀
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Thanks for the replies. Here are my thoughts:
- A user would like to take a self portrait, wide open, and does not have a remote cable, nor the time (or possibly internet connection) to setup with the remote app. In my case, it is for shooting a youtube thumbnail, so I am composing with a monitor on the camera or the R5's little screen.
Whether this is a bug (feature existed before etc) or new feature, I feel this is a new and growing use case that Canon should support. Thank you for the link to submit a ticket.
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