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Getting Error 99 on my Canon 20-D

Getting Error 99 on my Canon 20-D

I dropped it and now its a solid Error 99, nothing cures it. Repair possible?

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Guest [Entry]

"Jack, first off here is some great general information about the error. Since your got the error after a fall, I would check the lens itself. The error may originate by a lens-body failure to communicate. Remove the lens and clean the contacts with an eraser and replace it . See what happens. Here is another great way to trouble shot "" 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."" from here. Hope this helps, good luck."
Guest [Entry]

"Error 99 is vague. This error is used for a lot of Canon DSLR errors, so it is hard to pinoint quickly. This could be the battery, memory card or a shutter failure.

First, try a new CF card, and then run it without that one. If it doesn't crap out, it was the card.

The next thing to try is the battery. Replace the battery and try again.

Now, before we consider the camera dead try cleaning the lens contacts, or using a different lens as a last resort to the problem. If cleaning the contacts and replacing the lens does not work, the shutter went bad. Sadly, this isn't an easy fix for most people so you will likely have to go to a shop. It is possible, but you are tearing the whole camera down since Canon didn't intend for this to last more then 50k actuations due to the class of camera this is.

Due to the age of the 20D if it is a body fault, I would consider the camera EOL unless you need to keep it in service and just get a lower end one to match this if you were fine with the 20D so long."
Guest [Entry]

"Hello Jack,

I’ve heard that you could try and do a full restart of your camera. Just take out BOTH batteries. There’s a date and time in the same slot as the main battery. You should be able to find it after a minute of sliding a finger on the sides. Check where the door hinge is. Once that’s done, remove the lens and CF card and have a cap put on, before leaving it for five to ten minutes. Capacitors inside may still have a charge, even after 20 seconds. Since I have a 20D that I’ve dropped, we’re in the same boat. I’ll try it and give you feedback once I have seen if it works. 20D’s are great cameras. If you are planning to get rid of it after you’ve had your satisfaction, give it as a gift to an aspiring photographer! I’ve had mine for a while now, and I’ve not have a problem with it until I dropped it. But, stay optimistic, I’m hoping as well."
Guest [Entry]

Hey, I just got this problem today, and although I did drop my camera, it was about 2 years ago and afterwards the autofocus stopped working, but that's another story. The err99 came up and stayed after taking the battery and card out for about an hour. I read to quickly and didnt see the lens part. I used my microfiber cloth to wipe the inside of the lens, stuck the cloth inside and twisted it around real good, wiped down the metal leads on the lenses, also the leads on the inside of the camera, reattached and now it works. I think it may have been the cleaning of the leads that did it. Just thought I'd pass this on. So now how about my autofocus problem?