Just Bought Digital Rebel - Took 1 Picture and It Died

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by RacerRik, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. RacerRik

    RacerRik Guest

    Subject says it all. I took one lousy picture and on the second shot
    the camera locked up and gives me an "err 99" code. It resets with
    the power switch but immediately locks up again when I try to take a
    picture.

    I have never owned a Canon before, but I am hoping this is a rare
    event. I would have expected reliability similar to Nikon's.

    I suspect the shutter mechanism has failed because the error occurs
    even with the lens removed and when I set it to the CCD Cleaning Mode,
    the mirror flips up but the shutter stays closed. The camera can read
    and write to the compact flash card since I can review my picture and
    format cards in the camera.

    Anybody else had an experience like this??
     
    RacerRik, Jun 11, 2004
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  2. In article <>,
    says...
    > Subject says it all. I took one lousy picture and on the second shot
    > the camera locked up and gives me an "err 99" code. It resets with
    > the power switch but immediately locks up again when I try to take a
    > picture.
    >
    > I have never owned a Canon before, but I am hoping this is a rare
    > event. I would have expected reliability similar to Nikon's.
    >
    > I suspect the shutter mechanism has failed because the error occurs
    > even with the lens removed and when I set it to the CCD Cleaning Mode,
    > the mirror flips up but the shutter stays closed. The camera can read
    > and write to the compact flash card since I can review my picture and
    > format cards in the camera.
    >
    > Anybody else had an experience like this??


    Is your battery charged all the way? Are the contacts free of dust and
    debris?

    In any case, if it persists I'm sure Canon technical support will be
    more helpful than this newsgroup.
     
    Brian C. Baird, Jun 11, 2004
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  3. RacerRik

    Chris Brown Guest

    In article <>,
    RacerRik <> wrote:
    >
    >I suspect the shutter mechanism has failed because the error occurs
    >even with the lens removed and when I set it to the CCD Cleaning Mode,
    >the mirror flips up but the shutter stays closed. The camera can read
    >and write to the compact flash card since I can review my picture and
    >format cards in the camera.
    >
    >Anybody else had an experience like this??


    Sounds like you got a defective unit. Take it back to the shop.
     
    Chris Brown, Jun 11, 2004
    #3
  4. RacerRik

    Jeff Durham Guest

    I am sorry to hear that. That can be very frustrating. Spending that much
    money and not having it work is painful. BTW, my Digital Rebel just showed
    up two minutes ago from newegg. We'll see how my experience goes. I am
    going to open my box, charge the battery, and hopefully, things will go
    well.

    Good luck and let us know how you get it resolved.

    Jeff


    "RacerRik" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Subject says it all. I took one lousy picture and on the second shot
    > the camera locked up and gives me an "err 99" code. It resets with
    > the power switch but immediately locks up again when I try to take a
    > picture.
    >
    > I have never owned a Canon before, but I am hoping this is a rare
    > event. I would have expected reliability similar to Nikon's.
    >
    > I suspect the shutter mechanism has failed because the error occurs
    > even with the lens removed and when I set it to the CCD Cleaning Mode,
    > the mirror flips up but the shutter stays closed. The camera can read
    > and write to the compact flash card since I can review my picture and
    > format cards in the camera.
    >
    > Anybody else had an experience like this??
     
    Jeff Durham, Jun 11, 2004
    #4
  5. RacerRik

    Ron Hunter Guest

    RacerRik wrote:

    > Subject says it all. I took one lousy picture and on the second shot
    > the camera locked up and gives me an "err 99" code. It resets with
    > the power switch but immediately locks up again when I try to take a
    > picture.
    >
    > I have never owned a Canon before, but I am hoping this is a rare
    > event. I would have expected reliability similar to Nikon's.
    >
    > I suspect the shutter mechanism has failed because the error occurs
    > even with the lens removed and when I set it to the CCD Cleaning Mode,
    > the mirror flips up but the shutter stays closed. The camera can read
    > and write to the compact flash card since I can review my picture and
    > format cards in the camera.
    >
    > Anybody else had an experience like this??


    Perhaps you shouldn't have started with a self-portrait.... Grin.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jun 11, 2004
    #5
  6. RacerRik

    wsnyder Guest

    "RacerRik" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Subject says it all. I took one lousy picture and on the second shot
    > the camera locked up and gives me an "err 99" code. It resets with
    > the power switch but immediately locks up again when I try to take a
    > picture.
    >
    > I have never owned a Canon before, but I am hoping this is a rare
    > event. I would have expected reliability similar to Nikon's.
    >
    > I suspect the shutter mechanism has failed because the error occurs
    > even with the lens removed and when I set it to the CCD Cleaning Mode,
    > the mirror flips up but the shutter stays closed. The camera can read
    > and write to the compact flash card since I can review my picture and
    > format cards in the camera.
    >
    > Anybody else had an experience like this??


    According to user's Manuel, where error 99 appears, remove and reinstall the
    battery. Have you tried that? If it works let me know. Good Luck. I too
    have a rebel digital. My first digital, and my first Canon. I find it a
    lot more complicated than the Minoltas I've used in the past.

    Bill
     
    wsnyder, Jun 11, 2004
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  7. RacerRik

    Paul Cassel Guest

    RacerRik wrote:
    > Subject says it all.


    Remove and replace lens examining contacts. Remove battery & charge up. Make
    sure all contacts are clean.

    -paul
     
    Paul Cassel, Jun 11, 2004
    #7
  8. RacerRik

    Alan D-W Guest

    "Ron Hunter" <> wrote in message
    news:...

    > Perhaps you shouldn't have started with a self-portrait.... Grin.



    Ooooooh! You know how to hurt!!! LOL
     
    Alan D-W, Jun 11, 2004
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  9. RacerRik

    Ron Hunter Guest

    Alan D-W wrote:

    > "Ron Hunter" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    >
    >>Perhaps you shouldn't have started with a self-portrait.... Grin.

    >
    >
    >
    > Ooooooh! You know how to hurt!!! LOL
    >
    >

    Funny experience:

    When I was in college I took my girlfriend to see a photographer friend
    to get a good picture of her. He had just gotten a new, and rather
    expensive 4x5 camera and was very proud of it, and anxious to use it.
    He took ONE picture of her, and it never worked again. It was a good
    picture, but it was the last one. The dealer replaced the camera, but
    we got a good laugh about that one. The relationship with the girl
    ended soon after.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jun 12, 2004
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  10. RacerRik

    Guest

    (RacerRik) wrote in message news:<>...

    > I took one lousy picture and on the second shot
    > the camera locked up and gives me an "err 99" code.
    >
    > Anybody else had an experience like this??


    Watch Canon like a hawk. My 300d is 1 week old, and so far so good.
    Except I have a (small) 32MB cf card (Unity Digital) that consistently
    gives cf errors. My 128MB Sandisk CF didn't have any problems yet.
    Someone told me to stick with Sandisk. My local store only has
    Kingston memory, and would like to know what people's experiences are
    with Kinston cf memory. I know the name is familiar but that doesn't
    mean a damn thing anymore these days. Sony for instance has a *ton*
    of crap on the market.

    About Canon. My previous camera was a Canon Powershot S10. It
    started to give me errors about the zoom lens 1 month before the
    warranty expired. Canon fixed it for free. When I dropped it off at
    the Canon office, I took out everything, including the time-battery,
    thinking, no loose pieces means I won't lose anything. They fixed the
    zoom lens alright, put a whole new one on. But then there was a
    problem with the battery. Everytime I changed the battery I had to
    reset the clock. I thought, the time-battery was empty, so I left it
    for a few months. Replaced it, and *still* had to reset the clock
    everytime I changed the battery. Darn! Canon had fixed the zoom
    lens, but broken the battery backed up time function!

    So, watch Canon like a hawk. Hope that when you get an error, it'll
    be a consistent one, and not an intermittent one that is hard to
    prove.
    But what else is a $ sensitive prosumer to do? Nikon, Canon's only
    serious competition to the 300D, is *not really* in the same league,
    because it costs 100's more.

    I hope your camera can be replaced without any hassle, or else, go
    over it with a fine toothcomb when your camera comes back fixed.

    Regards,

    Homer



    ~Mike
     
    , Jun 24, 2004
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