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Error 99 on 30D Canon

I have a canon 30D. I have error 99. I can take one picture then get the error. I take out battery, then replace, then can take one more picture then same error then repeat process. The manual says not compatable lens. I have the same problem no matter what brand lens on camera, even with Canon lens. Can you please help?

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  • mjurow Aug 27, 2008

    I also have the same problem, we are using the same lens we have used for a year and a half and nothing seems to precipate the error, then every once in a while i can shoot 10-15 before it occurs, but it seems that once it occurs, i will get it after every one or 2 shots!

  • O'Neil Oliver
    O'Neil Oliver Dec 17, 2008

    I was using the 17-85 lens for over a year now , however on the 30th. November 2008 outside was cold and the camera gave me a err99.
    I went back into the church and the camera worked with out any issues. Later that evening the church door was open and as I was shooting in the door way the camera gave the same error99. Ever since then this has been happening only with the 17-85lens. I have a 80-200 and a 35-80 these lenses I have NO issues with.

  • d56davies Dec 18, 2008

    EOS30D with 17-85 lense

    Never any problems until 2 days ago.

    Error 99 and the need to switch on/off or remove battery.

    Leadup was taking low light photos in the cold and foggy early morning.

    Since then intermittent, but consistently low light/outdoors.

    Worried!

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Had this problem before and i found this guide online

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.
5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
Does the “ERR 99′ message appear? If it does, then the camera should be
serviced. If it does not, then please proceed to the next set of steps:
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 the most
likely source of the issue. Try using a different card.
If the message does not appear, please complete the following steps:
1. Turn off the camera.
2. Clean the lens contacts by gently rubbing them with a pencil eraser
or soft cloth. Be 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 should be serviced.

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Hi,
if it still takes a picture (even if its black) its most likely a faulty shutter.
unfortunately error 99 can be many things. If you can remember what lead up to it i could possibly be more precise, but its most likely going to need a service center unless you fancy stripping the camera down

Best of luck

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