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11/12/2008 07:00:32 AM · #1
Hey, is there a way to make a canon 30d meter and focus just before exposing the image on a timer shot? Example, I want to be in a picture but can't focus on me because i'm behind the camera?

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Ben
11/12/2008 07:07:15 AM · #2
How about a remote shutter release with a short timer? You click the shutter release, set your pose and wait for the camera to fire.

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11/12/2008 07:22:39 AM · #3
Hey, I'm using a shutter release, problem is that, well take for example the Blue Note one. I wanted to shoot that with my 50mm cause of its speed but inorder to get everything I wanted in I had to be pretty far back so I had to focus on the chair i was sitting on instead of where I would actually be. There is nothing on camera that will cause the camera to focus and meter just before firing? So the answer is to get a remote shutter release? If so can you recommend one?
11/12/2008 07:39:55 AM · #4
The easiest way to do this is to shoot in M, get the exposure set, then focus on the spot you want and switch the lens to Manual Focus, then set the timer and run to your spot.

If there isn't anything in the spot you'll be in, put something there just for the purpose of focusing; a lightstand with a balloon on it, a tripod, etc - anything that will closely imitate the necessary hight and location of your desired point of focus.

Switching the lens to MF after you have it focused on the spot locks the focus on that spot. Granted, if you move the camera or stand in the wrong spot, you could have issues. A smaller f-stop will make this easier.
11/12/2008 07:49:33 AM · #5
I perused the 30D manual and might have found a way for you to do it. On my D300, I can use interval timing, which starts a sequence of photos shot at whatever interval you want, and the camera will focus before each shot. The only problem with using it is that you have to set it at least a minute in advance, so your timer is really long. On the 30D, it appears that you MAY be able to do this if you purchase the Timer Remote Control TC-80N3. On pg 185 of your 30D manual, it says that you can do interval timing using this remote. I'm not sure if it will focus before each shot, however, and can't seem to find a manual for it online. Perhaps a Canon person can verify the focus when using this?
If this isn't an option, you're out of luck, since the manual just says to use focus lock otherwise.
11/12/2008 07:52:29 AM · #6
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I perused the 30D manual and might have found a way for you to do it. On my D300, I can use interval timing, which starts a sequence of photos shot at whatever interval you want, and the camera will focus before each shot. The only problem with using it is that you have to set it at least a minute in advance, so your timer is really long. On the 30D, it appears that you MAY be able to do this if you purchase the Timer Remote Control TC-80N3. On pg 185 of your 30D manual, it says that you can do interval timing using this remote. I'm not sure if it will focus before each shot, however, and can't seem to find a manual for it online. Perhaps a Canon person can verify the focus when using this?
If this isn't an option, you're out of luck, since the manual just says to use focus lock otherwise.


The TC-80 does, indeed, cause the camera to focus before each shot. It's not a cheap toy, though.
11/12/2008 07:56:20 AM · #7
Yeah no kidding. $140 remote.... at least now he knows if he dumps the cash it will do what he wants.
11/12/2008 08:40:17 AM · #8
Hey guys thanks for all the responses! I just bought a wireless remote shutter release off amazon for 70 bucks. should do the trick. You guys as always rock!
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