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does nikon have an equivelant to err 99 (canon)

eve adams , Dec 05, 2006; 04:08 p.m.

Hi, i am an aspiring professional, somewhere between hobby that pays occasionally and getting my name out to try for pro. I have canon equipment, 10s, 10d, and 1n, my other canon equipment is low end.... my 10d has an err 99 message, and i've heard this is a common problem with canon, and that it isn't really very predictable. so here is my question.... since i do have an investment in canon, but not a huge one at this point, should i switch to nikon, or do they have a similar issue to this? what kinds of trouble do you nikonians have with your digital and film bodies? what about nikon do you love? What is the FEE problem? What is the nikon equivelant to a 10d?

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Alan Olander , Dec 05, 2006; 04:22 p.m.

Your camera isn't exactly new, so it may have a problem that needs repair. All brands of cameras may need repair occasionally, especially digital cameras. It's foolish to think changing from Canon to Nikon is a solution to this problem. The Nikon fEE "problem" isn't an issue. It's caused by the person behind the camera not locking the aperture at the smallest f/stop.

BW Combs , Dec 05, 2006; 05:40 p.m.

The Canon 10D is an old DSLR, from 2003. If you are siding with comparable Nikon models, the D70 or D70s would closely fit the bill. However, there are newer models in both lines that you might want to consider.

Here is a side-by-side of the 10D and several Nikon models:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp? method=sidebyside&cameras=canon_eos10d%2Cnikon_d70s%2Cnikon_d80% 2Cnikon_d200&show=all

Hugh Davis , Dec 05, 2006; 06:09 p.m.

Hi Eve,

I think Alan has a valid point, both Canon and Nikon (and Pentax and Sony/Minolta) systems are more than capable of producing professional quality images and a brand switchover by itself isn't likely to suddenly elevate a photographer to the 'next level'. I looked briefly at your portfolio and note that whatever you've been using has given you good results and that you've got the Eye.

But, just to answer your questions, what I like about Nikon is 1) the lenses--most of the glass is at least good and some of it is just extraordinary; 2) camera body ergonomics--they feel better in the hand to me, although that may be attributed to being very used to them; 3) backward and forward system compatibility--I like being able e.g., to put a 50mm 1.4 from 1978 on a D2Xs and get an excellent image, or be able to use the SB-800 flash on my 1988 F4 and get excellent results.

Nikons have the same kinds of problems as Canons in a general sense--they're all computer-driven machines and computers crash and machines can foul up. I haven't seen any repair stats on the more recent models, so it's hard to say whether the old Nikon reputation for durability has held up into the new century....

Oh yeah--the 10D is roughly equivalent to the D70.

Regards, HWD

Chris Leck , Dec 06, 2006; 12:00 a.m.

I have a combined exposure count on my D200 and D100. There is no err99 on the Nikons and I not have experienced any lock-ups or other problems that otherwise would cause an err99 (again, if it existed on the Nikons, which it doesn't).

AFAIK, the err99 means "Something is wrong and I'm not going to tell you what it is." Maybe all you tried to do was connect a studio strobe to the PC jack, a perfectly reasonable thing, but the camera doesn't want to do that (this is a real example, but I don't remember which body -- had to get a Safe-Sync!). Another is a problem with the 20D and vertical grip, IIRC.

Anyhow, none of this is reason to switch brands. Maybe your 10D has a specific problem. It's an old body and you will have to decide if it is worth trying to repair or upgrade. I would guess that a D50 is at about the level of a 10D, but with noticeably better image quality. The D80 (next model up after back stock on the D70s are sold off) should stomp the 10D in virtually every way.

What do I love about Nikon? The image quality and ergonomics are great, as is the breadth and depth of the Nikon system. I've shot Nikon since 1976 and have been satisfied with quality and reliability. Am I in love with a brand name? No. Am I hooked into Nikon's system? Yes.

As mentioned above, FEE most often is 'operator error.' It also could mean that something is broken or incompatible.

Chris Leck , Dec 06, 2006; 12:06 a.m.

That should be "I have a combined exposure count of well over 100,000 images on my D200 and D100."

eve adams , Dec 06, 2006; 08:46 a.m.

Thank you for your helpful advice. I was not saying that this one camera repair warranted a switchover, but that if this is an issue with canons, that i might want to consider that. I only have one digital, and my film bodies... that is why this is an issue. I always have liked nikon, but never had one. Thanks hugh, I am a work in progress. I appreciate you all taking the time to answer my questions. Is the nikon d70 offer all of the more advanced features? or is it similar to one of the first rebels, a glamourized point and shoot?

Hugh Davis , Dec 06, 2006; 09:05 a.m.

There's a lot of info out there on the D70 and its slightly modified successor, the D70s. I'd rate it an advanced amateur camera in terms of features, higher than 'merely' entry level.

HWD

Aaron Linsdau , Dec 06, 2006; 11:57 a.m.

The Fee error tells me that the manual aperture switch is unlocked and has allowed the aperture ring to turn on on the lens. Just spin back to minimum aperture, click the slide switch and away you go.

There are plenty of documented problems on digital with both nonaC and nokiN. Just test your unit out and go to down.

I love my Nikons because they have always fit my hands better than Canon. That's why I upgraded to an N80 from my Canon AE-1 many years ago. I was all Canon gung ho and just "thought" I should give Nikon a try. Ergonomics are huge. Past that, they're both great and you will always have individual unit variation.

Ken Papai , Dec 07, 2006; 11:00 a.m.

Sort of a weird question for the Nikon forum...

I have a 10D as well, 10's of thousands of shots with it and never an ERR99. Check your lens -- is it a Sigma or another 3rd party? Some Sigmas will ERR99 on you. Also check your lens connectors, maybe they need cleaning? Use a pencil erase. ERR99 is a typical rookie question in the Canon forum.

ERR99 is telling you something, not a symptom of bad camera design. (incidentally I also have a 10S film body, way back from 1990 and still shooting great).

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