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Canon EOS 20D shutter error

Everytime I turn on my 20D the shutter rapidly opens and closes as if it's taking pictures and the info screen on the top flashes err 99. It's not taking any pictures and I've tried putting in a cf card and anything else I can think of, but to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • aubreyburkha Mar 15, 2009

    Weird - I just posted with the same problem. I have a suspicion that it has something to do with the battery.

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Hello - I figured it out. I had the exact same problem. The shutter failed and it had to be fixed by Canon. Apparently that happens after the shutter fires so many times (like a click-count on a printer). I just got my camera back and it's doing awesome now.

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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Hi I am sachin gharat (CAMERA REPAIRER) FROM MUMBAI, I would like to suggest the symptoms says that your camera is having mechanical switching problem in shutter switches,which is constructed of two switches made from hard plates.get the shutter replaced from an expert serviceman.Thanks with regards

Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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