Canon Rebel xt does not accept CF cards for no apparent reason
My Canon did work fine for 2 years (no waranty left) I maded several thousands photos. It stopped working after few weeks of not using the camera. When I turned it on again, my Canon Rebel XT showed an error "Err CF" and stopped accepting CF cards that I used just few weeks ago. No pins are bent,. I have four cards of various sizes. None of them works, all cards are good on computer. There was no "accidents" with this camera, On the computer I can read and write on all cards and I still have the images from that Canon on the cards (so it is not formating issue). I can not reformat them on Canon (error 99) I can reformat them on computer. I tried new card from store... same problem. Can anybopdy help me? Please
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Welcome to Fixya Err 99 could means several different things, such as... Memory Card, Lens or Lens contacts.... Here's what you can try: Remove the memory card an enable "shooting with out memory card" and see if you still get the error. If it works your memory card is bad.Try another lens if you can. Clean the lens contacts with a pencil eraser (be careful not to get eraser dust in the camera body or in the lens). Worst case scenario is, Err 99 could be related to the shutter failing which would mean a trip to Canon. Thanks for choosing Fixya!
dump all of your photos on to your computer put the card back in the camera in playback mode, hit the menu button. in the menu, scroll over to the first settings tab. there should be a "format" option. Format your card. this *should* fix it.
Test the CF card on your computer or another camera. If it works fine then it may not be the card. Make sure the card is not UDMA, 4GB or more in memory size since those new big cards are not compatible with the older cameras.
Look inside the CF port. Make sure that none of the contacts that connect the camera and CF card are bend of smashed flat. If so then the camera will have to be send off for repair. This is a rather expensive repair, $250 is not uncommon.
I it is neither of these then take the camera to a local camera shop and ask them to look at it. It may need to be sent off, but testing another brand card, or resetting the camera or checking for physical defects couldn't hurt at this point.
Joe, this happened to me, just tonight... I got a new CF card and stuck it in, turned it on and one CF card flash. Completely dead from there. I found one of the CF card pins bent over, shorted out the socket and blew the mainboard fuse. I took the camera apart, found the fuse (labelled K) about under the set button area) I bridged the fuse with a bit of solder, straightened out the pin in the socket, put it all back together and it's working fine. The fuse is under the right side shield cover, it's labelled with a letter K. There is another fuse on the power inlet board (below the shutter button) and it's labelled 'P'...
1st, make sure the camera is in the Creative zone P, TV, AV, M or A-Dep. I have made this mistake many time and everytime I forget I moved the dial.
If dial is in the Creative Zone and still no RAW option then have the camera format the card, if that doesn't work do the following:
Turn off camera,
Put on body cap.
Remove CF Card
Let sit for about 30 minutes.
Put battery back in.
Put CF Card back in
Turn camera on
Put camera in Creative Zone
Push Menu button
Push Set button twice and check if RAW is now an option
If not then you can try the clear all settings function in the Set-Up 2 menu. Push the menu button then the left arrow button arrow down to the clear settings line push set the clear all functions.
If this doesn't help then I would say carry it to your nearest Canon Dealer that offers cleaning and service.
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.