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Old 24-09-2014, 11:07   #1 (permalink)
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I do some voluntary work for a local hospice, I sort through all the donated photographic kit and check that it is worth selling to raise funds.
Yesterday I came across a Canon 550d with charger, not bad condition but only with the 18 / 55 kit lens. After charging the battery and testing the camera, I found the lens would not auto focus, but then it partly closed down and put up error 99.
Anyone know what it refers to and if it is worth fixing?
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Old 24-09-2014, 11:21   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Error 99

This is a generic error code and it could be several things.

1 Try a different memory card
2 Try a different lens on it
3 If that works clean the contacts on the camera body and the lens.
4 Take the battery out for an hour.
5 Is there a factory re-set button?
6 Google........
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Old 24-09-2014, 11:36   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Error 99

I did all that except Google, Graham.
It now fires the shutter when the battery is inserted, and everything is on even with the switch off.
All the controls work with it turned to off. The next time the battery was inserted it wouldn't turn on and the error came up.
he lens still wont auto focus, guess that's why it was "donated" they just wanted to dump it.
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Re: Error 99

Is it worth checking what firmware it has and updating if there is an update available?
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Re: Error 99

Still think that any further trials need to be done with a known good lens and memory card. Unless you have tried the kit lens on one of your cameras and found that it works OK.

Just had another thought. How about removing the battery that keeps the settings alive along with removing the main battery? I have no idea if this will do any good or not, but worth a try.

Is there no re-set button?

If it didn't switch off it seems to point to the switch being faulty, but now that it won't switch on maybe the power is not getting through to where it needs to be.

It has the feel of a computer error so maybe a longer period with no battery in it?

Had a look for prices and they are going body only for 225 - 290 so might be worth a repair if you can get a free estimate.
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Re: Error 99

I tried a known lens and card Graham, will try the memory battery, I've got a spare new one.
Must admit I am leaning towards a printed circuit / switching fault, or possibly even the use of an old non digital flash cooking the circuit board. If the shutter fires on putting the battery in, there must be some kind of short, it wont release using the shutter button.
As there is nothing to lose I may try looking inside after all else has failed.
Cant update the firmware, it wont turn on, still will have a bit more time playing with it, a repair would need to be fairly simple to keep it economical.
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Re: Error 99

Following more checks, the memory battery was in upside down so reversed polarity, now if set to auto mode the shutter release makes the flash pop up, and off or on there is a "busy" message and the write light is permanently on.
I am going to leave it on for an hour in case it is actually doing something, failing that it will be screwdriver time.
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Re: Error 99

Had a look inside it........corrosion on the P.C. board, looks like it has been in salt water, two of the paths are corroded through, so it is going to Mr Biffa, some of the kit (charger & battery) is O.K.
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Ah well, no-one can say you did not try. Lens no good? Saw one on e-bay not working selling for spares or repair at over 40 yesterday.
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Re: Error 99

Had to go to the Doctors this morning, so took the camera back to the hospice, they are going to put the battery and charger on e bay, then the lens and body as "for spares" stating they had had water ingress, so someone may use it, and it can still raise some funds for them. thanks for the ideas re the problem Graham, as you say at least I tried.
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shame that it would have been a nice wee boost for the funds,... just plain lazy and disrespectful for whoever "donated" it tho
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Re: Error 99

Afraid that is happening more and more Fiona, especially with electrical goods. The council charge to take them, so people "donate" them. That means they have to be checked for function / safety, then taken to the tip. All time and cost to the charity.
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Afraid that is happening more and more Fiona, especially with electrical goods. The council charge to take them, .
My local council have accepted electrical goods in the recycling centre for a long time now, and recently have extended to smaller items being put out with the recycling bin.
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