Question about Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm Lens

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"Lens not attached!" ERROR

I have been getting this error for about a week now. Had the camera for roughly two months. Have removed and reattached the lens multiple times now. Camera work in Manual mode only right now. Any way to reset the camera?

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  • digimaan Jan 01, 2009

    I have a D40 with the same error message, it works ok in manual.

    I have a brand new Sigma 18 -50 DC lens of the correct type for this camera, it has been tested on another and works fine.

    2 of the lens contacts inside the camera have melted, I have reseated them with a soldering iron and there is 5 volts across them when you press the shutter button - butit still comes up with the same error message - I have ordered and am waiting for this part to come from Nikon (taking ages but then its Xmas) will post whether or not it helps.

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    I have the Nikon D40 I have only had a few months now it is giving me the error message lens not attached. I reatach it and works for a few min. then I get the same error.

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There is a reset option under the custom menu, there are some green buttons that can be pushed in unison for 10 seconds, and there is a reset button under the connector door.

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No image was shown on screen while i still can take photo.


According to ehow:

Turn off your Canon 1000D and remove the memory card, lens, battery and time/date secondary battery. The secondary battery is a small, round battery about the size of a dime found in the same compartment as the main battery. It is located in a vertical slot. Slide out the secondary battery by pressing your finger on the battery and pulling it toward you.
  • Place the body cap on your camera to keep dust out. Attach the front and back lens caps on your lens to prevent scratches and other damage.
  • Let the camera sit for 20 minutes. This will clear the camera's memory.
  • Place the date/time secondary battery and a fully charged primary battery in the camera and turn it on.
  • Press the shutter release button (the button you push to take a picture). If you are still receiving an Error 99, the problem is most likely caused by the camera body itself. The camera body must be serviced by a professional camera technician.
  • Turn off the camera and insert the memory card. Turn the camera back on and press the shutter release button. If you are receiving an Error 99, the error is most likely caused by the memory card. Turn off your camera and insert a different memory card. Turn the camera back on and press the shutter release again.
  • Turn off the camera and reattach the lens. Turn on the camera and press the shutter release button. If you receive an Error 99, turn the camera off and remove the lens.
  • Turn the camera so that it is face down, and gently clean the lens contacts on the camera body with a number 2 pencil eraser or soft cloth. The lens contacts are the eight small, gold pieces on the bottom of the lens mount. Be careful not to let any of the eraser scraps fall into the camera body.
  • Turn the lens so that the side that attaches to the camera is upside down. Use the eraser or soft cloth to clean the lens contacts on the lens, being careful not to let any eraser scraps fall into the lens.
  • Reattach the lens to the camera. Turn on the camera and press the shutter release button. If you are receiving an Error 99, the error is most likely caused by the lens. Take the lens to a professional camera technician for repair.

  • May 11, 2011 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS4 Digital Camera

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    Every time I turn on the camera it sais Error 99 could anyone explain it to me .thanks chris


    According to ehow:

    Turn off your camera and remove the memory card, lens, battery and time/date secondary battery. The secondary battery is a small, round battery about the size of a dime found in the same compartment as the main battery. It is located in a vertical slot. Slide out the secondary battery by pressing your finger on the battery and pulling it toward you.
  • Place the body cap on your camera to keep dust out. Attach the front and back lens caps on your lens to prevent scratches and other damage.
  • Let the camera sit for 20 minutes. This will clear the camera's memory.
  • Place the date/time secondary battery and a fully charged primary battery in the camera and turn it on.
  • Press the shutter release button (the button you push to take a picture). If you are still receiving an Error 99, the problem is most likely caused by the camera body itself. The camera body must be serviced by a professional camera technician.
  • 6 Turn off the camera and insert the memory card. Turn the camera back on and press the shutter release button. If you are receiving an Error 99, the error is most likely caused by the memory card. Turn off your camera and insert a different memory card. Turn the camera back on and press the shutter release again.
  • Turn off the camera and reattach the lens. Turn on the camera and press the shutter release button. If you receive an Error 99, turn the camera off and remove the lens.
  • Turn the camera so that it is face down, and gently clean the lens contacts on the camera body with a number 2 pencil eraser or soft cloth. The lens contacts are the eight small, gold pieces on the bottom of the lens mount. Be careful not to let any of the eraser scraps fall into the camera body.
  • Turn the lens so that the side that attaches to the camera is upside down. Use the eraser or soft cloth to clean the lens contacts on the lens, being careful not to let any eraser scraps fall into the lens.
  • Reattach the lens to the camera. Turn on the camera and press the shutter release button. If you are receiving an Error 99, the error is most likely caused by the lens. Take the lens to a professional camera technician for repair.
  • May 11, 2011 | Digital Cameras

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    Lens error


    Remove the lens, clean the contacts, reattach the lens, and jiggle the lens to seat the contacts.

    Oct 24, 2009 | Nikon Coolpix S210 Digital Camera

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    Error 99 appears in pattern, every time


    Not sure about the pattern of errors, but the advice for error 99 diagnosis is to try the following diagnosis steps to isolate the cause of the issue:-
    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 only 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 so, the camera may be faulty and requires a service. If it does not, then: -
    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 faulty. Try a different card. If the message does not appear: -
    1. Turn off the camera.
    2. Clean the gold contacts on the lens by GENTLY rubbing them with a pencil eraser or soft cloth. Keeping the camera face pointing down, also clean the gold contacts on the camera, being 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 is faulty and should be serviced.

    Feb 09, 2009 | Canon Digital Rebel / EOS-300D Digital...

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    Error 99 in Canon EOS 350 D


    Try the following diagnosis steps, in this exact order. This will isolate the cause of the issue: -
    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 only 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 so, the camera may be faulty and requires a service. If it does not, then: -
    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 faulty. Try a different card. If the message does not appear: -
    1. Turn off the camera.
    2. Clean the gold contacts on the lens by GENTLY rubbing them with a pencil eraser or soft cloth. Keeping the camera face pointing down, also clean the gold contacts on the camera, being 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 is faulty and should be serviced.

    Dec 01, 2008 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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    I have error 99 in my camera canon 400d


    Ifd the camera is only 3 months old - return it for replacement

    Sep 01, 2008 | Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi Digital Camera

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    I have error 99 in my camera canon 400d


    Error 99 is a general fatal error.
    which includes the problems above mentioned by Q4SteveB but also many others.

    It can be caused by a dicky shutter, problems with the CF card interface.

    If cleaning and trying a different lens has not worked. Not definitive but as a rule of thumb...
    If it letting you take one picture then giving error 99.. and the picture is saved to the card (but may just be black) this is most likely the shutter needs replacing..

    If it takes a picture and gives error 99 but there is no picture on the card or the picture is 0KB its a CF interface problem.

    If you get an error 99 when you plug in the USB its a USB interface error, you can try a different cable but unfortunately in most cases if another lens or cable wont work it needs repair

    Feb 22, 2008 | Canon EOS 30D Body Only Digital Camera

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    I have error 99 in my camera canon 400d


    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.

    Jul 31, 2007 | Canon Digital Rebel / EOS-300D Digital...

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