The dreaded Err 99. If you’re a Canon shooter – you know exactly what I’m talking about. And, for the most part, the photog typically misses one shot – turns the camera off – pops the battery out – pops battery back in – power back on – and it just took more time and calories to type about it than to actually do the whole process. And, somewhere in the middle, there’s a semi-firm clinched jaw.
It’s something we Canon people know something about. Not a big deal, right?
Well, this last weekend, in the middle of Cold Turkey 2008, after the second down pour of the day, I got it. No worries … just repeat above paragraph.
Another frame … and Err 99. “Weird – that’s never happened before.” Repeat paragraph 1. And another Err 99. Repeat paragraph 1 … about 20 times. OK – something’s up.
Put camera away. Sun comes through the clouds to shine a light that only a late afternoon in early November between rain storms can shine. Stunning light. Yeah – I’m talking that light. And the camera is in the bag with Err 99. And the action went up a notch. A bid here – big jump there – D there. And the camera is in the bag. “I guess there’s nothing left to do but to actually sit on a sideline and coach.”
“Maybe if it dries out a bit.” Fast forward 3 days. Dry camera. Shooting in the back of a seminar at the day job. A dozen shots later – Err 99. Repeat paragraph 1. And, yep, you guessed it, repeat paragraph 1.
Possible scenarios: (1) this 20D shutter has something like 70-80,000 shots on it. Maybe this is a slow shutter failure. (2) I’ve tried a couple of different lenses and at least two different memory cards to see if it was just something funky. No such signal. (3) Moisture? It should be pretty dry now – and it does have some protection from the weather.
Right now, I can get it to limp out a shot or two if I don’t push it hard.
The 50D just dropped in price by $200. Maybe the DPReview had something to do with it or maybe it has something to do with the economy. I don’t know – but the camera has only been out a month. Nonetheless – it’s on my short list. I’d consider the 5D Mark II – but it only shoots 3 fps – and I shoot a lot of action.
And, as you may have guessed, I don’t have a backup camera – unless of course you count the Rebel G in the closet – or the GIII rangefinder.
Film? Dang – I haven’t shot a role of film in over 4 years.