When I am using the remote, ML-L3, the camera shoots even if the image is not in focus. The AF/M switch is set to AF. I have the AF set to AF-S. Autofocus menu a1 and a2 are both set to focus. I have two D-7000s and it does the same thing. It does autofocus when I press the shutter release. thanks
#1. "RE: remote control does not focus first" In response to Reply # 0
I don't think this lack of autofocus trigger is a feature as mine works as expected. To see if it might be some setting you have configured try the camera mode in Green Auto position and see what happens. Mine will focus in MUP, Instant and 2 SEC modes and I can't imagine how I could get it to do what you are experiencing.
#2. "RE: remote control does not focus first" In response to Reply # 0
I do not know if it is similar to your situation, but I have noticed something that might apply.
When having the camera set for the IR remote and you half-press the shutter button and achieve focus lock, it will maintain that lock and the use of the remote will not activate the camera focus and will take the shot even if you manually alter the focus to make the subject out of focus.
But if you manually over-ride and make the subject out of focus then half-press but not allow focus lock, the remote will then activate camera focus.
At least I hope I explained what I have noticed coherently enough for you to understand it.
#4. "RE: remote control does not focus first" In response to Reply # 3
>Thanks. If I do not press the shutter button the lens will >focus first. > >"But if you manually over-ride and make the subject out >of focus then half-press but not allow focus lock, the remote >will then activate camera focus." > >I am not sure how to not have focus lock when pressing the >shutter release half way.
Yes when you set to remote mode and half-press achieving focus lock it seems to lock and maintain a focus lock disabling AF with remote use.
What I did was to go to an extreme away from what is locked (if focused close I set to infinity or vice verse). Then a very short half press will initiate the AF without achieving lock. Or you could turn the camera off then back on; or move the mode dial off of remote then back which also seems to clear the focus lock. Seems odd to me for it to work this way, but I am sure Nikon had a reason for doing it.
#5. "RE: remote control does not focus first" In response to Reply # 4
I had the same problem, but found out there's a combination of AF functions that works as desired. I know I was in remote-2secs, but forgot which settings for the AF, will have to go back and find them again. But rest assured, they're there, without needing to pre-de-focus.
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