Just when you think you’re about to capture that one perfect moment for a beautiful subject. The focus, the press and then.. voila! The camera clicks with an unfamiliar grungy snap and fires back at you with a blasted message: Error 99, turn the camera off and on again, or, replace the battery etc whatever. So you did what the cam tells you to and rally yourself for another shot. Only to end up in the same awkward situation again and again. Anyway, when the camera robs you of that one radiant moment, you can always call it a “stolen” shot. I have experienced these flooring moments countless times with a Canon 400D during my China tour and boy, did it sort of stirred some misery to my shooting escapade.
Fortunately I managed to pull off a few tricks and made the camera shoot: when set at portrait and close-up modes. And I made about two thousand images during my 21-day stay in China. Give or take a few. Can’t imagine how many more will I have if the 400D –which my friends often refer to as the “problematic camera” at the time — was in A1 condition. But just what exactly is this Error 99?
Error 99 is a generic prompt and it could refer to a good many things. But at least it is informing you that something is broken within the camera. And from my own specific experience, I found out (not too soon) that the camera was simply sending me the message that it was sick and tired of my twisting and turning its lens. That I was a lens maniac and that I have broken off some of those cute and tiny cables inside. So yes, it was the “problematic” lens, and not the “problematic” camera.
Most photo experts will tell you Error 99 is most likely a lens problem. How to find out for yourself which is which, is actually very elementary. Remove the lens and shoot the camera. If it works, then its a lens problem. Otherwise it’s the camera. To those of you experiencing the same headache, I hope this lessens your dilemma. 🙂