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Old 17-05-2012, 19:05   #1 (permalink)
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I have recently purchased the (Inspire LiveView Remote Control,) manufactured by Hahmel. It was described as being compatible with the eos 5D mk2 as well as a number of other cameras. Well it won't work! When I half press the shutter release button on the remote control auto focus does not occur, although on pressing it completely the shutter fires. I think it may be because Inspire requires the camera to be in liveview mode and in this mode auto focus is disabled on the camera. Yet the device was claimed to be compatible with the 5D mk2. Has anyone any ideas?

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Old 17-05-2012, 19:43   #2 (permalink)
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Being compatible isn't necessarily the same as having AF. It may be that the compatibility is the remote operating AE in Live View. However this is purely conjecture...not from experience
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Old 17-05-2012, 20:04   #3 (permalink)
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Hello Stepheno, thanks for your reply.

I hope you are wrong but it looks as if you are right.

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It is supposed to work for cameras that do not have live view so rather than having live view activated try it with mirror lock up and see if that works
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It is supposed to work for cameras that do not have live view so rather than having live view activated try it with mirror lock up and see if that works
Thank you for your reply.

I have tried it with mirror lockup and it dose not work. For cameras that do not have live view there is a fixed focal length lens in the receiver which sits in the camera hot shoe. The image is of extremely poor quality but that does not matter because this image is not recorded. What does matter is the lens is of fixed focal length so it will only show the field of view that would be recorded by a 35 mm lens on the camera.

As a fiddly compromise I could superimpose a grid over the screen to show the field of view of various focal lengths. This would need to take into account parallax ((4 inches) as well as scaling factors so it's not really on.

I emailed a question to Hahnel. So far they have not replied, but that was only a couple of days ago so there is plenty of time yet.

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That's a real shame as I had been looking at these thinking how useful they could be. I'd love to know the outcome if they get back to you.

Also if it doesn't do what it said in the advert insist on a full refund with no restock charge.
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Looking at the info, it does seem to suggest that you need to have LiveView selected - review I read used a 60D which of course does AF in LV
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Looking at the info, it does seem to suggest that you need to have LiveView selected - review I read used a 60D which of course does AF in LV
Thank You Markulous,

So it's not really compatible, is it? I wondered about the 5D Mark 3, but I don't think it is any different from the mark 2 regarding liveview/auto focus. I was considering the Mark 3 anyway because it might auto focus with my 100/400 mm f5.6 lens with a 2X converter attached, but so far I have not found any positive evidence of this.

Actually I did go to the suppliers, Hauge of Nottingham, for a demonstration. I heard what I thought was the focusing sound so I was happy, until I tried it home, where I still hear the sound but no focusing takes place.

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Thank You Markulous,

So it's not really compatible, is it? I wondered about the 5D Mark 3, but I don't think it is any different from the mark 2 regarding liveview/auto focus. I was considering the Mark 3 anyway because it might auto focus with my 100/400 mm f5.6 lens with a 2X converter attached, but so far I have not found any positive evidence of this.

Actually I did go to the suppliers, Hauge of Nottingham, for a demonstration. I heard what I thought was the focusing sound so I was happy, until I tried it home, where I still hear the sound but no focusing takes place.

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Compatibility is one of those words that can mean a number of things! I'd say it was compatible (camera will work with it) but is not fully compatible (seems to need to be used in LiveView where the 5D doesn't focus - be surprised if the Mk III doesn't)

Personally, I wouldn't use a 2x TC on that lens, especially as it'll be @ f/11 (well, TBH, I wouldn't use a 2x at all due to image degradation and don't use that lens - though we have one! ). The "tape trick" (fools camera into thinking there's no TC so no reason not to try AF!) might work to allow AF but I doubt it - IIRC, focus isn't that hot on the camera and f/11 is really pushing it!
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Markulous, sorry I made a mistake, I meant 1.4 X. Being in my 80s I make a lot of them these days. Actually, I find that the 1.4 x gives perectly acceptable image quality providing there is time to focus manually or prefocus.

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