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Old 17th December 2011   #1
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Question A question for users of Sony NEX with remote...

Hello photographers,

I have a NEX-5, the Sony remote, a few lenses that I use with it, adapted from either Contax or Nikon - so, no Sony NEX lenses and therefore no autofocus.

I would like to buy an autofocus lens for self portraits!

As you know, normally - by pressing the shutter button on the camera halfway - you activate the autofocus, then you take the picture by pressing it completely.

Such a thing is certainly not possible with the remote SHUTTER button - which is either pressed or not pressed! I own the original SONY remote.

I would like to know and ask you what happens when you press the SHUTTER button on the remote with an autofocus lens:
  • does it focus and then releases the shutter?
  • if so, would I need to keep the SHUTTER button pressed?
  • does it simply release the shutter, without focusing?

I would also like to know the same thing when, instead of the SHUTTER button, you use the remote button for a delayed operation.

I am asking these questions because I would like to take self-portraits and I need to understand whether I could benefit from autofocus - if I that is the case, I would consider purchasing a NEX lens!

Thanks!

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Re: A question for users of Sony NEX with remote...

yes it will focus before shooting. you can specify a focus point and it will use it. try it at a local shop for yourself.
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Re: A question for users of Sony NEX with remote...

Hi Ken,
Thanks.
Weird - I'd asked the same question in another forum, and somebody told me that a NEX-5N would NOT focus before shooting. I am puzzled now.
Can you tell me whether to have it the way you say you have to keep the SHUTTER remote button while it focuses? or just once?
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Re: A question for users of Sony NEX with remote...

it's not instant. if you have a focus point you will see it acquire focus and turn green if it can.
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Re: A question for users of Sony NEX with remote...

Make sure your camera is set up like this and you will be fine.

Menu>Camera> Auto-focus Mode> Continuous Auto-focus
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Re: A question for users of Sony NEX with remote...

So, I haven't understood yet this point: do I have to keep the SHUTTER remote button pressed until the shutter completes the focusing and fires, or I only press it once shortly?
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Re: A question for users of Sony NEX with remote...

If you are in Continuous AF mode, you only have to push the button once.

The downside it it will drain your battery faster.
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