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Old 24-03-2008, 16:42   #1 (permalink)
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i have a canon 400D and was out today with tamron 70-300 mm lens and suddenly i get error99 .i have turned off camera and taken out battry etc but after several shots the prob is back again. It seems worse on full zoom. I have tried two other lenses since returning home and it doesnt seem to be happening with them is this a lens prob or camera prob ? not had this happen until now how do i fix it? please help im panicing
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Old 24-03-2008, 16:50   #2 (permalink)
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Re: error99

I'd try cleaning the contacts on the lens and camera body (carefully) with a contacts cleaning pen or a non-shedding cloth or a cotton bud with a dash of alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol for preference, but vodka will do. Bet you don't keep IPA in your cupboard (and I don't mean beer!) and a different memory card for starters.
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Old 24-03-2008, 16:53   #3 (permalink)
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Re: error99

I think graham is right just came across this Richard’s Notes » Blog Archive » Canon DSLR Error 99 fix
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Re: error99

Yep, Err99 is a catch-all error message but it usually means a loss of communication between lens and camera.

Does the lens extend while zooming? If so, there may be more stress on the lens mount at full zoom, which will tend to make a bad contact worse.

I hope that a good clean will solve the problem. If the contacts look tarnished, you can rub them gently with a plastic-type pencil eraser, but be sure to brush out any little bits that rub off.
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Re: error99

tried swapping battery and memory card and have now cleaned as advised thought id got somewhere but still getting it at full zoom and particularly when on brighter lit things ie skies also noticing focus seems to be hunting more and not finding
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Re: error99

Do you get the problem with any other lenses? If not, the Tamron may have developed a fault - worth contacting the supplier or Intro 2020 if it's reasonably new.
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Re: error99

Well tried everything looks like it may be the lens it only happens on tamron 70-300mm when it at full zoom in bright light....it was fine last week so if it gone wrong out of blue after 13 months, what is the prospect of my other lenses goin same way? Canon been really helpful when i told them camera had this error they said send it in its serious 4 to 6 weeks and you just out of warrenty...wow thanks, im so happy "making the world my playground" .
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Re: error99

i ust got an error99 in the 30D had a panic attack switched it on and off and it "seems" ok now...... keeping fingers crossed!

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Re: error99

After about 30 years of having them my OM1 and OM2 (it was second hand) are still working . I wonder how long my 40d will last
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Re: error99

That's the trouble.... It's not so much how long they'll last, but how long before they become obsolescent.

Not so terribly long ago I bought a Canon 10D which, at the time, was generally rated as equivalent as whatever bees have for lower limb joints or dogs use to enjoy themselves in mixed company.

It cost over £1000, still works perfectly but won't accept EF-S lenses, is 'only' 6MP, and is now worth about half a crown.

So I skipped the 20D and bought the 30D - slightly cheaper at £830 - and am now being pressured by the entire weight of Canon's marketing department to buy a 40D. But I won't. I'll wait for the 50D before giving in to temptation.

In 1982 I bought a Canon A1 and that was all I ever wanted or needed for the next 17 years until it finally packed up. We live in strange times.
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