Go ask a professional. Local photographers can surely help and fix an issue, and if not, they can diagnose the problem and suggest you to send it in to Canon's repair shop. I can't do anything over the internet...need to see it.
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It's a frustrating catch all error and needs service.The camera may have any one of numerous issues or lens issues. If you have more than one lens, see if the error occurs with both lenses on. If not then it's a lens error. A camera repair facility can plug unit the camera and download a more accurate troubleshooting code. Royal Camera Service in Hanover Park, IL is good source for this problem. The replaced the shutter on my 20D when I got the error 99 code.
Hello, if you have problems with your canon eos 20d you can download the service manual from the below link you will find there useful information like disassembly, troublehooting, repair Canon EOS 20D Service Manual Download link: http://goo.gl/EIsEb Good luck.
1.Remove the battery, lens and CF card. Allow the camera to sit without power for 20 minutes and then reinsert a fully charged battery.
2.Turn the camera on and push the shutter button as if you were taking a picture.
3. If you don't get the error message reattach the lens and insert the CF card.
4. Check the below canon eos 20d service manual link: http://goo.gl/YtVLQR
it will help you to save a lot of money
Hope it helps, Thanks
The Canon 20 D is a fantastic camera but the weak point is the shutter it last about 70 to 80,000 actuation then causes a bunch of problems. In Canada it cost about $180.00 including the shipping to the repair depot to get it fixed.
Check to make sure that you don't have it set on continuous. Check the lcd display and see if the shutter icon showing a mulitple as opposed to single frame image. You should be able to choose between single, mulitiple and timed shutter releases...
Hello - I figured it out. I had the exact same problem. The shutter failed and it had to be fixed by Canon. Apparently that happens after the shutter fires so many times (like a click-count on a printer). I just got my camera back and it's doing awesome now.
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.
I get error 99 sometimes on my 20 D but it?s usually to do with a lens that is attached. Sigma lens have been known to cause error's. If it's not that or dirty contact on the lens then it could be a more serious problem. I would at least check it out with a canon dealer/repair centre.