Auto-Focus During Self-Timer Pictures?

dbzkid777

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Hi everyone,

As obnoxious as this may sound, whenever I try to take self-timer selfies, the focus is always off.
I press halfway, then press shutter to activate the timer, go infront and smile, only to realize, the lens wasn't on focus with my face.

How would I fix this?
I am using an E-PM2.
 

Promit

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It focuses at the time you press the shutter button, not at the time the shutter fires. Basically you have to manual focus and guess, or put a point of reference where you'll be standing.
 

janneman

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This is not a specific M43 problem, I have had this problem with every digital camera I had. Seems hard for manufacturers to understand that focus is most important on the moment of taking a picture, and not at the moment we are looking at the camera.
For short distances I learned to stretch and hold out a hand to focus on, for longer distances I used to focus on something at more or less the right distance, pushed through to start the self-timer, do a quick recompose and start running :smile: I finally caved and bought a wireless remote control, which makes life a lot easier.
 

ripleys baby

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This is not a specific M43 problem, I have had this problem with every digital camera I had. Seems hard for manufacturers to understand that focus is most important on the moment of taking a picture, and not at the moment we are looking at the camera.
For short distances I learned to stretch and hold out a hand to focus on, for longer distances I used to focus on something at more or less the right distance, pushed through to start the self-timer, do a quick recompose and start running :smile: I finally caved and bought a wireless remote control, which makes life a lot easier.
I believe the panasonic LX5 focused just before the exposure. The way all self timers SHOULD work
 
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