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As soon as the automatic flash pops up i get a "busy" message then "error 99" message. if I go to no flash setting, it works fine. If I put a separate flash on, it works fine.

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Error 99 means lens communication error.
Try to clean the contacts on both sides.
and re-install lens

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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Err99 is the 'none of the above' error code.. so all hunches above probably have nothing to do with your problem. Can't see why a memory card disables you to use the flash of your EOS?!

I have exactly the same issue. Do you also hear a very soft cranking/beeping sound when the flash pops out?

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