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Nothing works!!!!!!! I have been having problems with my 5D for some time now. The problems started with a piece of black felt on the sensor, which I noticed when reviewing my pics on the PC. I opend up the camera to check the sensor only to find that there was a piece of felt loose on the shutter. I sent the camera off to Camera Tech in South Africa for repairs. They are to my knowledge the only Canon appointed center in SA. The camera was repaired and sent back with a bill, as the camera was out of warranty by a few weeks or so. The bill was quite hefty and as usual I had to cough up for manufacturers' defects. I then noticed that after the repair, the scroll button was not working as a result of poor workmanship. The camera was sent back again. They fixed the scroll button and I thought this would be the end of my woes. I was wrong. The shutter started to jam up in mid-stride and make a sound as if there was either not enough power to drive it, or it was sticking. Sometimes it would stick completely and I would have to switch off the camera. This seems to happen mostly with my Canon 100mm lens. It has also happened with a flash connected when shooting TTl. I can't work out whether it is the lens or the TTl circuitry. The camera also gives me an error code when it jams up. I can't remember what the code is but I think it is 1, 4 or 99. I have cleaned the lens contacts. I now have a new problem which is that the image sharpness is lost. My Canon 100mm macro has always been pin sharp, even at 100% and even somtimes at 200%. This is not the case anymore. Someone at a local camera store told me this might be due to calibration or alignment of the sensor or something. All I can say is that I am now p*d off! With the kind of money we spend on our equipment these days we should not be subjected to such problems and when we are, the camera manufacturers should replace cameras without question! They are to quick to assume that we have done somthing to the equipment. All I can say is that my camera has its own climate controlled room and I look after it as if it were my child. It is stored in plastic, in a bag whith silica gel and is never exposed to moisture or dust. If I do have to take it out in bad weather it gets its own rain coat and duct tape. Someone please help me. I am on the verge of throwing this camera in the river, or taking up tennis. I hate tennis!

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Hi
Really sorry to hear all this. The Canon 5D is a wonderful piece of kit and it is not good news to read your problem. It really does sound like the unit is having a multitude of problems. This could be resulting from electical failure inside the camera. From reading through your problems you have passed the Error 99 as well. Generally this would mean hardware faults of some sort. Solutions range from chaging the CF card to Batteries to cleaning the contacts. Clean the contact is one chief remedy and cause of the Error 99 after the 'quick' fixes.

I would say try this again but this time use a rubber on the end of the pencil. Be gentle and careful not to get any dirt into thedody of the camera. Clean all contacts on the 5D Body and on all the lenses. Should this not work it may well be the case that the camera has circuit board problems.

Below is a little guide to help out which was in response to Error 99 from Canon. Hope it does. Again sorry to hear of these troubles. Canon should be more Pro active in this competative world.

It may help some
of you isolate the problem before you post a comment/question.
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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