Camera suddenly started doing this after approx 18 mths of use. Tried all the usual troubleshooting--swapped cf cards, batteries, lenses, etc. Battery is fully charged, camera boots up, but as soon as you depress shutter button to focus/meter it dies and the lcd flashes the battery not charged error icon.
Ritz camera told me it was probably a bad battery sensor and they could "probably" fix it for $250 or I could send it to Canon, wait for months, and pay at least double...
ideas? Some have said to just trash it. Any help would be most appreciated.
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Error 99 is usually a lense error and gives the only real clue as to what is going on with your camera. You can try this simple fix which comes straight from Canon. Follow the steps to help isolate the issue. Note the fact that you are currently not getting the Error 99 is probably a good sign according to the troubleshoot.
To isolate the cause of the issue, we suggest that you 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 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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error 99 can most times be remedied by taking a standard pencil eraser and carefully cleaning the gold contacts at the back of the lens and the gold maching contacts in the lens opening of the camera... BE CAREFUL not to let eraser crumbs into your camera... keep it clean... reset the battery and give it a whirl.... did it solve the 99 issue? for the CF it refers to the cf card... here's what I've found on this: Canon reports that this error code may appear on your digital
camera’s LCD (liquid-crystal display) when there is an error reading
from or writing to the inserted CF (CompactFlash) card. This error code
occurs most often after a user has tried to eject a CF card before the
camera has finished writing data to the card.Solution: Canon
suggests that you first try to use a different CF card. If you do not
see the error message when you use the new CF card, the first card is
Before you take the next step, drag the files
from the CF card to a location on your hard drive to back up the files.
Next, you can use Windows’ ScanDisk utility to check the CF card for
errors. If you use a Mac, you can use Disk Utility (in
Applications\Utilities\) in OS X.
If ScanDisk or Disk Utility
fails to resolve the CF card problem, insert the CF card in your camera
again. Then format the CF card. On most Canon cameras, you can do this
by pressing the Menu button, selecting the Format tab, highlighting
Format, selecting Format, and choosing Yes. Make sure you have backed
up the data on the card before you do this. Formatting the card will
delete the images from the card. After you format the card in your
camera, use ScanDisk or Disk Utility to check the CF card again. If you
still encounter errors while using ScanDisk or Disk Utility, you should
discard the CF card because it is damaged.
If the error still
occurs after following the steps above, your camera may need repair.
Contact Canon’s technical support for further assistance.
Have you tried to take picture by switching off the autofocus to manual focus in a prperly lit environment?
If it takes a picture, then it has something to do with your auto focus system of your camera. In such a case: try taking out the battery, the memory card etc and switch off the camera and keep it for like that for about 5 minutes. And then insert only the fully charged battery and try again.
If it still gives you a problem and keep trying to focus You will need to take it to the nearest Canon Service centre.
Hi If you have tried different cards, batteries etc. try cleaning the contacts.
1. Get a pencil with a rubber on it. 2. Take of the lens of the camera and clean the little connectors buy using the rubber on the end of the pencil, brush of with a camera brush. Be gentle and try not to brush dust etc into the camera body. 3. Do the same with all the connectors on all the lenses you have. Do the same to the connectors on your battery.
If this has not helped and you have indeed tried new cards and different batteries you will need to take it into a Canon dealer.
Remove lens, CF card, and battery. Leave in a
dry and slightly warm place for 24 hours. Clean lens contacts with a
cloth or cue tip and eclipse/alcohol.
If the camera doesn't turn on after this, even without CF card
and lens attached, then it needs to go to a Canon service centre. Don't
tell them you got it wet, and maybe it will get repaired FOC.