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Canon Error 99 Problems...
Derek Montgomery, Student/Intern, Photographer
Madison | WI | USA | Posted: 1:34 PM on 06.23.04
->> Hey all. I've searched through the archives and found a few threads about Canon's Error 99. It seems some of you have had the camera sent back to
CPS and for others the problem has gone away. Last night while shooting an assignment I had an Error 99 come up, but was able to switch bodies and keep shooting.

My questions is this: Could this be a one-time thing or is Error 99 generally something you want to send your camera back into CPS. Since the error happened, the camera has been fine. I have a 1D and was using it with a Canon 16-35/f2.8.

Also, how long is the turnaround generally when you submit a camera for repair or cleaning. If I do send it in, I'd have to have it back by the beginning of August. Thanks for the help.
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Nick Doan, Photographer, Student/Intern
Scottsdale | AZ | USA | Posted: 1:47 PM on 06.23.04
->> I've receievd an Error 99 once on one of my cameras. And, it hasn't happened again. I believe I jsut shut the camera off, took the lens off, put it back on, and turned the camera back on. Never happened again
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Milwaukie (Portland) | OR | USA | Posted: 1:47 PM on 06.23.04
->> I found this list of error codes for a D30 from way back in the day, I know it does not help you right now with your ERR 99, but maybe somebody will search for error codes down the road and find this. Anyway, here are a bunch and what they mean:

EOS D30 Error Codes
Err 09: SYSTEM
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs when the EOS D30's self-checking system processing time has exceeded the specified limit. This error can occur when several switches are pressed at the same time.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Because this error is caused by abnormal operation, try releasing the error by turning the main power switch OFF and then back ON. If this does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 22: CF DRIVER
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs when image data cannot be written to the CF card. This error can occur when the CF card is not fully seated in the camera or if the D30 does not detect a card-ready signal within a specified time limit or when the CF card is not usable because it has been corrupted or physically damaged. It can also occur when the camera's battery level is insufficient to completely write the file to the CF card.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Use the DC Coupler or recharge the battery first. If the error continues to occur with sufficient power available to the camera, check that the CF card is properly inserted. If that's not the problem, then try replacing the CF card. If that does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 and one of the CF cards that is causing the problem examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 23: NO SPACE LEFT ON THE CF CARD
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs when the CF card's free space is insufficient for the image file that has been created. For example, when using a nearly full CF card, if a long exposure is made with noise reduction shut off, the file size may become larger than average, resulting in insufficient space to write the file.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Use a CF card with sufficient free space. If this does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 50: CF FORMAT
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs when the CF card cannot be formatted in the camera.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Replace the CF card. If this does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 51: PLAY MODE
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs when the images stored on the CF card cannot be played back in the camera.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Replace the CF card. If this does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 80: SHUTTER
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs in the following conditions.
1) When the EOS D30's self-check system detects that the shutter has not been fully charged (ready to shoot).
2) When the EOS D30's self-check system detects that the shutter operation sequence has not been completed correctly.
3) When the built-in flash cannot be recharged after the E-TTL preflash but before the main exposure.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Try clearing the error by turning the main power switch OFF and then back ON. If this does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 81: MIRROR
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs in the following conditions.
1) When the EOS D30's shutter release is pressed to the halfway position and the mirror-down status cannot be verified by the EOS D30's self-checking system.
2) When mirror up/down status cannot be detected during shutter release.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 82: STROBE
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs when the built-in flash cannot be charged.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Try clearing the error by turning the main power switch OFF and then back ON. If this does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
ERR 83: POP UP
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs when the built-in flash's pop-up operation cannot be detected even after the pop-up operations have been repeated three times.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Try clearing the error by turning the main power switch OFF and then back ON. If this does not solve the problem, have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician. (NOTE: The EOS D30 can be used with an EX-series Speedlite and/or with an electronic flash connected through the PC socket even when the built-in flash is unavailable.)
ERR 84: LENS COMMMUNICATION
DESCRIPTION: This error occurs in the following conditions.
1) When electronic communication with the lens cannot be established, after the EOS D30 is powered ON or when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
2) When the lens diaphragm cannot be controlled during shutter release.
REMEDIAL MEASURE: Clean the electronic contacts on the lens with a clean, soft, dry cloth and check the mount interface switch on the body's lens mount for dirt or other damage. If this does not solve the problem, try another Canon EF lens or have the EOS D30 examined by a qualified service technician.
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Milwaukie (Portland) | OR | USA | Posted: 1:50 PM on 06.23.04
->> Also, if you do need to send it in, If you are a CPS member, use the CPS PRO RUSH SERVICE, guarateed 3 day turnaround. I've used it once and sent a body and lens there Monday. The first time I had it back 3 days from when they recieved it, this time, I recieved estimates the same HOUR they recieved it and I assume it will be back here tomorrow. Becoming a CPS member is free if you can prove you are a pro (promo materials, publihed work, press ID, etc). If your not a CPS member it will take, much, much longer to get your gear back.
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Derek Montgomery, Student/Intern, Photographer
Madison | WI | USA | Posted: 6:59 PM on 06.23.04
->> Thanks for the responses. I think it must have been a one-time thing. I've read other things about the error and many of those instances occurred while the battery was low. Anyway, thanks for the replies.
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Jon Thorpe, Photographer
Mississauga | On | Canada | Posted: 7:07 PM on 06.23.04
->> error 99 is usually a 'catch all' from what I know. It can be anything from a faulty card, to a dirty contact on your lens. I would check the contacts to make sure they are clean.

If you want more info on the 'error99' I would suggest checking out
http://www.dpreview.com in the 1D fourm. Just do a search.
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 7:38 PM on 06.23.04
->> I had Error 99 on a 1D this past winter. It turned out to be the shutter had a problem and the repair was just $140. I had the camera back within 10 days by sending it to CPS.
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Jim Comeau, Student/Intern, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 10:08 PM on 06.23.04
->> my 1D had an error99 out of the box refurbished from Canon, however, I checked the contacts of the 24-70 lens (which I hear has lots of problems when it comes to err99) and they were quite dirty (it was the demo lens in store) everything was fine after that
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Mike Burley, Student/Intern
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 12:10 AM on 01.08.05
->> I usually use my 1d to shoot ice hockey, among other various newspaper dailies, and have had no problems. My body is less than a year old. Over the new years break, I left one of my bodies in the car in Colorado, in 12 degree temperatures.... Bad idea


Since then, I have gotten the error 99, and my shutter wont open, but my mirror will go up, and gets stuck until I turn it off and on... It all goes back to normal as soon as I blow dry the mirror, and everything goes back to normal. As soon as the temperature hits below 60 degrees, the same thing happens, but will go away as soon as I break out the blow drier....

I shoot with 2 bodies, and the other works just fine under these conditions.... I did use both bodies a few times over the last week to cover some rain features, but they only got moderately wet, and still only problems with that one body....

Anyone have this happen? Any suggestions? As I see it, Im sending it in to Canon, but I thought I'd ask first...

Thanks

-Mike
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Clint Austin, Photographer
Duluth | MN | USA | Posted: 10:34 PM on 03.27.12
->> Got Err 99 shooting the Duluth News Tribune Mk IIn tonight. Shutter blew. Bummer. Sending it to CPS tomorrow.
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 9:40 AM on 03.28.12
->> Thanks for letting us know Clint. Please keep us posted as more details arise.
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 11:02 AM on 03.28.12
->> My understanding is that ERR 99 is actually a general error warning...nothing specific. My memory might be failing me, but I think someone from Canon or CPS told me that a few years back when I was getting it on a Mark II. I think all you can do is send it in and then they can pinpoint the issue..Dan.
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Martin McNeil, Photographer
London | London | United Kingdom | Posted: 6:19 PM on 03.28.12
->> I wonder if ERR 99 was the inspiration for Jay-Z and the hit "99 Problems"

... likely explains the terms of his photo release for live concert shooting :p
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Peter Zuzga, Photographer
Waukesha | WI | USA | Posted: 9:14 PM on 03.28.12
->> Dan is right, the dreaded Error 99 is a generic error code that can mean anything, think of it as the Check Engine light for your Canon camera.
I’ve had it twice on my Mark-II’s. Once it was bad software in the camera and once a shutter about to go bad. Both times the camera locked locked-up and stopped working.
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Will Powers, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 12:49 PM on 03.29.12
->> From my experience, the error 99 is a loss of communication between the lense and the camera, but it may be more generic. I take a pencil eraser and lightly clean the contacts on the lens and the body and usually it fixes it. Cleaning the battery contacts the same way helps, too.
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Ed Chan, Photographer
San Diego | CA | US | Posted: 2:15 PM on 03.29.12
->> I've had an Error 99 that was a CPU failure. Again, it's a generic code, so hopefully yours isn't.
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