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Manual Focus on an a560?

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Manual Focus on an a560?
« on: 25 / December / 2007, 23:47:55 »
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Hello, I'm new here. I just got a Canon a560 for a lofi project I'm working on, and thought I read that with the CHDK firmware I could perform a manual focus with it. I've got the Allbest firmware on it right now and even though I'm changing the subject.dist override, the focus doesn't seem to change. I also read about a manual focus mode, which my camera model doesn't seem to have. Is it possible to do a manual focus on a Canon a560? I hope there is, I don't look forward to having to return it.

Thanks, in advance

Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #1 on: 27 / December / 2007, 00:23:22 »
I don't know (I have an S3), but your camera manual should tell you if you have it or not.  (Its a good thing to read, that manual).

Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #2 on: 27 / December / 2007, 01:29:09 »
I've looked through the manual for manual focus, but didn't find it. I was hoping that the CHDK firmware would enable it. Any one else know if it can?

Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #3 on: 27 / December / 2007, 02:00:50 »
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Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #4 on: 27 / December / 2007, 02:17:30 »
That is annoying, that's what always seems to be wrong with open source, people are too selfish. The CHDK firmware usage/AllBest page says:
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         Custom setting for focus distance (in millimeters). Only works when camera is used in Manual Focusing mode.


So I'm guessing since my camera doesn't have a manual focus mode, it won't be able to override. I've also tried entering in values but with no luck. I'll have to test the script tomorrow, I've never done a script but I'll give it a shot, though it looks grim on the a560 manual focus front. I'll let you know, and if anyone else knows for sure, let me know.

BTW, I'm a Mac user and I'm trying to help. : )

Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #5 on: 27 / December / 2007, 02:34:58 »
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Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #6 on: 27 / December / 2007, 18:40:05 »
Hey, I filled out that wiki page a bit with how to do scripts and get files on. For testing to see if get_focus and set_focus work on the a560, I tried the script at http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/UBASIC/Scripts:_Focus_Bracketing_with_set_focus_and_get_focus and it didn't work. It gets to where the first print and says "Shoot -2 (0)" and then hangs. So it seems like the get_focus got 0 and then it tries to set_focus and just hangs because it never gets to the shoot line.

I could write a simpler script to just set_focus, but I don't think it'll work, plus I'm not sure what the values should be for set_focus. If you could provide me a number that should work, I can write a script to make sure it doesn't work before I report it as not working. Thanks for you help by the way

Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #7 on: 27 / December / 2007, 23:28:03 »
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Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #8 on: 28 / December / 2007, 13:20:08 »
Hello, I'm new here. I just got a Canon a560 for a lofi project I'm working on, and thought I read that with the CHDK firmware I could perform a manual focus with it. I've got the Allbest firmware on it right now and even though I'm changing the subject.dist override, the focus doesn't seem to change. I also read about a manual focus mode, which my camera model doesn't seem to have. Is it possible to do a manual focus on a Canon a560? I hope there is, I don't look forward to having to return it.

Thanks, in advance

Hej,
I got a A540 and if it's the same you can manual focus in all the non-automatic modes. Press the macro button for macro once, then another time and it should allow you to MF.

Re: Manual Focus on an a560?
« Reply #9 on: 28 / December / 2007, 15:00:06 »
Hey yvesson, thanks but looks like the a560 doesn't have Manual Focus mode, I just checked the manual again and looked at the a540 manual, and my a560 definitely doesn't have manual focus...damn.

 

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