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12-28-2009, 04:54 AM   #1
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K-x AF after self-timer for Self-portrait

this is the first question that i can't seem to find the answer for
I'm trying to take a self-portrait
but i can't get the focus right

when i press the shutter button it focuses on the background then starts the timer
AF-C and AF-S both do the same thing
i tried MF but i never get my face/head in the same focus zone
catch focus does the same thing - focus then timer

is there a way to get the AF to work after the self-timer countdown finishes?

hope that makes sense

P.S. i just have the K-x and kit lens, no fancy remotes or anything...


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12-28-2009, 05:42 AM   #2
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No but you can buy an infrared remote and that should work for your intend.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sir.b Quote
when i press the shutter button it focuses on the background then starts the timer
I don't remember the details but in my K-7 alpha test, I believe I reported this behaviour as a bug to Pentax. They never confirmed it as a bug though.

There is no menu setting allowing to focus after the timer elapses -- and such an option would be required because the timer serves as pre-focus MLU feature nobody wants to give up.

I fear you have to buy an IR. And enable AF with remote trigger. Third-party remotes are inexpensive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
enable AF with remote trigger.
What does this mean?

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What does this mean?
K-x menu custom function 11
12-28-2009, 02:20 PM   #6
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thanks ManuH and falconeye,

i was afraid of that answer...
this photography hobby is expensive
anyone ever notice that?
12-28-2009, 02:26 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by sir.b Quote
this photography hobby is expensive
Completely agree.

But this time it's not to expensive, only $3.27 shipped: InfraRed IR Shutter Remote for Pentax/Nikon/Canon/Sony/Minolta/Konica Digital Cameras

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@SOldBear: wow, thanks for the link. ordered one!

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