Question about Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Camera Digital Camera with 17-85mm IS USM Lens

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Got Error 99 on my 40D. Have done all the obvious: remove battery, replace battery, check lenses, SD cards. Have talked with several people who tell me it's "common" with 40D. Any assistance you can give.... I was in the South Atlantic on big cruise when this happened :-(((

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Welcome to Fixya
Err 99 could mean several different things, such as... Memory Card, Lens or Lens contacts....

Here's what you can try:
Remove the memory card an enable "shooting with out memory card" and see if you still get the error. If it works your memory card is bad. Try another lens if you can. Clean the lens contacts with a pencil eraser (be careful not to get eraser dust in the camera body or in the lens). Worst case scenario is, Err 99 could be related to the shutter failing which would mean a trip to Canon.

Thanks!

Posted on Jun 06, 2011

  • marylou858 Jun 11, 2011

    Turns out I had to return it to Canon ... $435 to replace sensor electronics

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