EOS 300D won't work with hot shoe anymore - I get an error 99.
I've used the same camera many, many times before with studio lighting without problems - suddenly, it has decided not to work anymore and I just get an 'Error 99' and no image taken. I changed the hot shoe - no difference - and then borrowed a friend's '400, which works perfectly, so the fault can only be with the camera. I carefully checked the settings I have on manual - it definitely should be working.
I have also tried cleaning the contacts on the camera flash interface in case it is a bad connection, but no joy. When I plug the hot shoe in, the lights flash in acknowledgement but that's it. Help, anybody?
Incidentally, I have a 300D but that wasn't an option on the pull-down product menu so I had to select the 350. Apologies for any confusion.
For reference, the firmware on the camera has been updated to 1.1.1 through downloading it from the Canon website.
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Error 99 is the generic error message for something serious has gone wrong. Probably only recourse is a general service at £175 or thereabouts, but for that price of course you could buy another one from an auction site of your choice and still have change!
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Error code 99 is a non specific error code a sort of catch all. Remove the lens and clean the contacts (lens and camera), remove the battery and the memory card. Leave the camera in this state for about 10 mins, enough time to discharge any build up of charge or static. Reinsert the battery and the memory card and reattach the (cleaned) lens switch on leave for 5 seconds and press the shutter button to see if this has cleared to problem.
Usually this is cased by shutter failure or failure of the aperture unit in the lens. Try another lens and see if you get the same error message - that will tell you if the problem is in the camera body or lens
'Error 99' indicates some problem with
the AF contacts. This is a common error in Canon lenses. It could
indicate a very simple problem like dirty contacts or a much serious
one like the breakage of USM cable. As a first step, you can try
cleaning the lens and body contacts (the metal contacts between the
lens and body) using a pencil eraser. Be careful to hold the body
facing down so that no dust falls inside. After cleaning both the
lens and the body contacts, re-attach the lens and try shooting. If
the AF does not work still, you need to take the lens to an
authorized service center.
To fix this err99 issue, do the following
1. Turn off the camera.
2. Remove the lens, battery, and CF card.
3. Allow the camera to sit without power for approximately 20 minutes.
4. Insert a fully charged battery, and turn on the camera.
If it appears again, then proceed to next steps
1. Turn off the camera.
2. Insert the CF card.
3. Turn on the camera.
4. Format the CF card in the camera.
If you still get the error you should send your product to canon for servicing.
I know what you two are talking about. I ordered a Canon EOS 300d from a site called "Keh" and I had never used one before... so I get it in the mail on time. The camera works fine for a few minutes then I get an "error 99" and can't do jack with the camera. I researched online and even called keh ... I read and heard that it has to do with the lens... so I sen't the camera back and got my money.
You're probably right about the lens. Tamron lenses have a flexible circuit that drives the aperture blades. The aperture might need to be cleaned or the flex might be worn out. Either case needs a repair shop to correct.