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Interesting limitation of my


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luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010
Sat 19-Feb-11 08:39 PM

No, it's not sharpness or ISO noise. It's the self-timer mode. Thought you might get a chuckle out of this and yes, I know, there are ways around it.

I thought I would take a self portrait so I mounted the D7000 on a tripod and set it up for self-timer mode. The wall behind me was uniform with nothing to specifically focus on. The camera distance was about 4 feet from the focus point (my face).

I pushed the release half way down and heard the auto-focus motor run for a bit trying to get a focus point. Finally it settled on something and I saw the light flashing indicating that the timer had started. I jumped into the frame and the photo was taken.

It was totally out of focus. At that moment I realized that the focus is locked once the timer is started and doesn't continually focus until the photo is taken. I was not going to be able to push the release, get the camera to re-focus on me when I got in the frame and take the photo.

Three important lessons learned today:

1. Continuous focus doesn't apply to the self-timer.
2. You really can't be in two places at the same time!
3. I really should have one of those little remote triggers!

Have a great day.


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