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30D Repair or replace


15 Feb 2012 6:50AM
Hi,
Ihave a 30D which keeps coming up with error 99. I have cleaned the contacts etc., but as I have already had a repair done about a year ago on this camera I think pehaps its time to change it. What camera is the best replacement which will take the same lenses as at the 30D?
Pete.

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WhiteRose1 e2
4 1.1k 137 England
15 Feb 2012 8:53AM
60D or 7D would be the obvious choices but are you sure it's the camera. I had the same error on my 40D with the 17-85 lens and it was the wiring inside the lens that caused the 'communication' problem between camera and lens. I dumped the lens and got the 15-85 but also got the 7D anyway - a combination I use 90% of the time.
15 Feb 2012 8:55AM
I have a 30D and love it. Sorry to hear about the problems your having.

Depends on your budget really. You could go for a second hand 40, 50 or a new 60D or even a 7D if you have lenses specifically for the smaller APS-C sizes sensor. If you have standard lenses then the sky is the limit.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 9:42AM
Any EOS camera will take the lenses that you have for your 30D (but any EF-S lenses you have will not fit on a 'full frame' sensor).

As Umberto says, the best camera to replace it depends on your budget. My default choice would be for the 60D which has the highest spec APS-C sensor that Canon currently has on the market plus a movable LCD for low level work. If you shoot a lot of birds in flight, the 60D is still very capable but the 7D is the state-of-the-art. If budget is too tight for the 60D then you could go for the 50D or 40D.
I started with the 30D and now have the 7D (though I still use the 30D) - most of the time I cannot tell the difference between pictures from either camera and bought the 7D purely for the functionality of the improved AF.
15 Feb 2012 6:47PM
Thanks for your comments. I have a EFS 17-55 lens and a EF 100-400 and the fault happens with both lenses. The fault will even occur with no lens on and with no memory card in the camera. I take alot of pictures at Drifting (as both my sons have Drift cars) so I do need to keep the 100-400. As my 30D (which is a great camera when its working) has had a couple of problems I wonder if the 40D and 50D have similar problems. I think I will be looking at the 60D or the 7D.
All the best, Pete.
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 7:41PM
You can wait for ever for a Timor camera but the 70d may be close if you look at northlight rumors.
Of course you need a camera now, this does mean 60d's might be a good price at the moment.
MeanGreeny e2
9 3.7k England
15 Feb 2012 8:07PM
Current rumour is that there will be no 7D Mk2 and that the 70D spec will step up midway higher in the gap between 600D/700D and 5D Mk2/3.

I guess that would mean the 70D is likely to be at a higher price point than the 60D currently is.

Your decision is unlikely to be wrong if you buy now when you 'need' a camera rather than when you only 'want' one.

HTH

Don't forget that camera rumours are exactly just that and means that bungee jumpers can go down as well as up

:o)
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 8:11PM
'Error 99' is a well-known phenomenon and seems to be a rather unhelpful catch-all. In other words it is a meaningless code that tells you nothing.

Try this page and then start thinking about a new camera...

http://www.richardsnotes.org/archives/2005/04/29/50mm-lens-contact-points/
16 Feb 2012 7:10AM
I will look into" richard notes " at the weekend , hopefully my 30D will live a bit longer.
Thanks for all your help. Pete.
meercat e2
5 278 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2012 10:17AM
I had err99 on my 20D and had camera and lenses etc checked, all were fine, turns out it was the battery grip I had attached, the camera is still going strong (although I will replace it one day).
3 Mar 2012 10:17PM
30D has been in for repair ror a week now ( as I tried everything but still no go). Bought a 7D today.GrinWinkSmile
OldTom1 e2
3 69
5 Mar 2012 9:59PM
You won't regret buying the 7D.

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