Hey guys, I'm having a weird problem with my Canon 350d ... when I turn it on, sometimes the CF red light comes on and stays on, sometimes just the battery indicator LCD bit comes on, and sometimes it seems to work OK.
Whenever it works OK, I can focus and take a photo, but the CF light then stays on as if it is constantly trying to write the photo to the card.
I have tried removing the battery and the backup battery, and have checked the CF card (no photos are being written). Any ideas, or do you think it's fecked?
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Try changing batteries is the first thing you should try, the memory card isn't really important if your Eos isn't working.
If your Eos works, try looking on the lcd screen. It should give you an error code. Go to canon's website into the camera section and look up the code.
If that doesn't fix the problem, if you are still under warranty, I would suggest you to contact Canon for fixing it. If your under warranty, it should be free. If your not under it, you might need to pay.
To isolate the cause of the 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 only a fully charged battery, and turn on the camera. 5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
Does the “ERR 99" message appear? If so, the camera may be faulty and requires a service. If it does not, then: - 1. Turn off the camera. 2. Insert the CF card. 3. Turn on the camera. 4. Format the CF card in the camera. 5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
Does the “ERR 99" message appear? If so, then the CF card is faulty. Try a different card. If the message does not appear: - 1. Turn off the camera. 2. Clean the gold contacts on the lens by GENTLY rubbing them with a pencil eraser or soft cloth. Keeping the camera face pointing down, also clean the gold contacts on the camera, being careful that you do not let any debris fall into the camera body. 3. Reattach your lens. 4. Turn on the camera. 5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
If the “ERR 99" message only appears when one particular lens is attached, then that lens should be examined by a service technician. If you see the “ERR 99" with a different Canon lens attached, then the camera is faulty and should be serviced.
Hmmm... doesn't sound too good does it? Have you tried another CF card? I know you said it doesn't work even without a card but...
Also one last thing to try is to tkae out both batteries, the main one and the slim watch style backup battery that sits right next to the main one under the cover labelled CR2016. Leave them both out for an hour and see what happens. NOTE this will probably reset your camera to factory defaults and may reset the photo numbering counter back to zero. Worth a try?
Error 99 is an "unspecified" error. It can sometimes be due to poor communication between the lens and camera. Here are some things to try:
1) Turn the camera off. Remove the memory card. Remove the lens. Replace the lens. Turn the camera on. Replace the memory card.
2) If that doesn't fix the problem, try cleaning the contacts on the lens and camera. Turn the camera off and remove the lens. Hold the lens upside down (contacts down) and gently rub the contacts with a clean pencil eraser. Be very careful to ensure that the eraser debris falls on the table and not into the lens. Repeat with the camera body, also holding it upside down (contacts down) as you clean. Replace the lens.
If neither of these work, then you need to send the camera in to Canon for repair.
Assuming you have tried another card you know to be good...
Remove the memory card, main and backup battery, switch the camera on for 10 mins. While you are waiting look into the memory card slot with a torch and make sure none of the pins at the bottom are bent.
If there is this will mean opening the camera to straighten it or sending it in for repair.
If not refit backup battery and main battery and cross fingers..:)
best of luck
TRy and reformat the CF card through the camera. Youll lose the pics for sure but you cant see them anyway. You can also check for bent pins in the CF slot. Sometimes if you shut down the camera in mid write to the card, itll mess up the cards FAT (file directory)
According to Canon, Error code 02 means that "There is a problem with the CF card. Try any of the following: Remove and re-insert the CF card. Format the CF card, use a different CF card."
Are both CF cards the same brand? Sometimes some brands have conflicts with the camera, you might try using two different brands.
It may not be the card, did you try on the third attempt to remove the battery and put it back in? There may be a problem with the contact points where the CF card plugs into the camera, or in the transfer system itself.