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Sloooooowww speed I LOVED my 20D the first two years I had it. Then last spring it started slowing down - I was no longer able to fire off shots like before in multi-shot mode. Then one day it wouldn't stop clicking off shots. I turned it off, took the battery out and let it sit for a bit. Then it stopped working altogether and I got an error 99. It went into the shop and Ritz Camera said they fixed it - but they didn't. It worked one hour and did the same thing. I loaded a firmware update on it and now I can shoot again! No more error 99 - but it is slow - very sluggish and forget multi-shots for sports. I was shooting soccer tournaments, but now...I can barely get it to fire. I might as well have a point and click. What's wrong? Have I just worn it out? Help!!

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    Thanks for the solution, but what does that entail and is it something I can do myself?

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Try cleaning your camera.

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