5D MKII error code 20

DavidTODavidTO Mod EmeritusThousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
edited February 4, 2010 in Cameras
I'm consistently getting an error on my new 5D. :cry All I have to do is try to shoot a bunch of shots quickly, and it pops up. I can continue shooting if I ignore it, but something is wrong.

Any ideas? Or do I have to return it or get it repaired? It doesn't matter which lens I have on.
Err 20
Shooting is not possible.
Turn the power switch to [OFF] and [ON] again or re-install the battery.
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  • rwellsrwells Let the shootin' begin... Registered Users Posts: 6,084 Major grins
    edited December 24, 2008
    DavidTO wrote:
    I'm consistently getting an error on my new 5D. :cry All I have to do is try to shoot a bunch of shots quickly, and it pops up. I can continue shooting if I ignore it, but something is wrong.

    Any ideas? Or do I have to return it or get it repaired? It doesn't matter which lens I have on.

    David,

    I'm not sure what "a bunch of shots quickly" means when you say it, but I just tested my 5D Mkll for you:


    Lexar Professional 8GB UDMA = JPG med - 3.9fps --> 85 shots. Buffer not full, no errors
    Lexar Professional 8GB UDMA = RAW+JPG med - 3.9fps --> 10 shots. Buffer full, no errors
    Lexar Professional 8GB UDMA = RAW - 3.9fps --> 25 shots. Buffer not full, no errors
    Lexar 1GB 40X = JPG med - 3.9fps --> 25 shots. Buffer not full, no errors
    SanDisk Ultra ll 4GB = JPG med - 3.9fps --> 25 shots. Buffer not full, no errors.
    SanDisk Ultra ll 4GB = RAW+JPG med - 3.9fps --> 10 shots. Buffer full, no errors.


    Don't know if this helps or not, but there ya' go...
    Randy
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,542 moderator
    edited December 24, 2008
    I would contact Canon Factory Service promptly, if it were me, Dave. Or the original seller.

    That does not sound right, and has not been my experience at all. I have not seen any error codes to date with my 5D Mkll.

    Sorry.
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  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAAdministrators Posts: 11,598 moderator
    edited December 24, 2008
    Looks like a common complaint. The general consensus seems to be send it back.

    -joel
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 24, 2008
    Thanks, all. Yah, I did a search, and found that it seems to be happening a lot. Thought someone might have a silver bullet for it. :D
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  • VanquizVanquiz Major grins Registered Users Posts: 199 Major grins
    edited December 24, 2008
    David, sorry to hear that, I would send it back as soon as possible if I were you, and get replacement.

    I havent encountered that problem yet (Knock on wood), but I saw that some people get that error, and once it occurs, it seems the error will keep happening.

    Im also worried if I encounter any problem with my 5D2, the 15 days period is almost over if I want to return it, but I think so far so good.
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 24, 2008
    Thanks. And the rapid fire shooting thing isn't necessary to make it happen, I find. It happens for sure when I do that, but just plain ol' shooting does it, too.
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  • sherijohnsonsherijohnson Major grins Registered Users Posts: 310 Major grins
    edited December 24, 2008
    What a bummer, I hope you get it all worked out and update us when you find out what the issue is.
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  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    What a bummer, I hope you get it all worked out and update us when you find out what the issue is.


    Thanks. The more I shoot with it, the more I realize it's just a lemon. umph.gif Back it goes. I guess I'll be another few weeks without it.
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  • VanquizVanquiz Major grins Registered Users Posts: 199 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    I think now I found out the reason of your error, David, your time to play with the camera is expired.

    err20.jpg
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    Vanquiz wrote:
    I think now I found out the reason of your error, David, your time to play with the camera is expired.

    err20.jpg


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  • cjmchchcjmchch Kiwi to the core Registered Users Posts: 222 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    This was from another thread elsewhere related to the Error 20

    Thank you for contacting Canon product support. We value you as a Canon
    customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you. We are sorry to
    hear that your EOS 5D Mark II is displaying an error code.

    It is possible that this error is related to the CF card being used in
    your camera. We recommend that you try formatting the CF card by
    following these steps:

    !!WARNING: Formatting the CF card will erase any and all images
    currently stored on the CF card!!

    1. Power the camera ON.

    2. Press the button.

    3. Using the , Scroll over to the [Tools #1] tab.

    4. Using the , select [Format].

    5. Press the button.

    6. Select [OK].

    7. Press the button.

    The CF card is now formatted. If the issue persists, please try an
    alternate CF card in the camera. If the alternate CF card works fine,
    then your first CF card was the cause of the issue. If not, there may
    be another issue with the camera.

    If so, please follow these steps:

    1. Turn off the camera.

    2. Remove the lens, battery, and CF card.

    3. Allow the camera to sit without power for approximately 20 minutes.

    4. Insert a fully charged battery, and turn on the camera.

    5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.

    If the message does appear, your camera may require service If not,
    please complete the following steps:

    1. Turn off the camera.

    2. Clean the lens contacts by gently rubbing them with a pencil eraser
    or soft cloth. Be careful that you do not let any debris fall into the
    camera body.

    3. Reattach your lens.

    4. Turn on the camera.

    5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.

    If the message still appears, your camera will require service. We
    apologize for any inconvenience.

    For factory service, please forward your digital camera to the Factory
    Service Center shown below. When shipping your camera, please be sure
    to remove the memory card and batteries. You are not required to send
    any accessories or manuals when shipping the camera. Be sure to include
    your name, street address (no P.O. boxes, please), telephone number, and
    a letter describing the issue with the product. If it has been less
    than one year since the camera was purchased, we ask that you also
    include proof of warranty in the form of a copy of your sales receipt.

    As we do not provide RMA numbers for service, we suggest using a
    trackable and insurable service (i.e. UPS, Federal Express, Priority
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    Please send your camera to the following Factory Service Center:

    Canon Factory Service Center
    15955 Alton Parkway
    Irvine, CA 92618

    Upon arrival at the Factory Service Center, your camera will be logged
    in to our repair database and assigned a repair number. Next, the
    camera will be examined and you will be advised of the findings. If the
    required repairs are covered by the warranty, the repairs will begin
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    The length of time for the repair will be dependent upon the nature of
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    repairs are completed within approximately ten to fourteen business days
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    All decisions regarding warranty coverage are made by the Factory
    Service Center at the time of repair. If the repair entails something
    that is not covered in warranty, a written estimate will be sent to you
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    Once you have confirmed with your shipper that the camera has been
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    Please note that our U.S. Factory Service Centers are unable to accept
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    Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your EOS
    5D Mark II.

    Thank you for choosing Canon.

    Sincerely,


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  • ivarivar I'd be happy with a cookie Registered Users Posts: 8,395 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    DavidTO wrote:
    Thanks. And the rapid fire shooting thing isn't necessary to make it happen, I find. It happens for sure when I do that, but just plain ol' shooting does it, too.
    That sucks, sorry man rolleyes1.gif I hate it when new toys are doa.
  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    Thanks, Ivar. :D

    So I had swapped lenses, taken out the battery. I really didn't suspect the card, because there's a hiccup that happens, it seemed more mechanical, the error.

    But I swapped the card and couldn't get the error to come back. I put the old card back in, and the error still didn't show up. I'm burning through shutter actuations, and I really had my hopes up. But then the error showed up again.

    Next I'm trying the full power down thing. Wish me luck! Thanks for the info, Matt! thumb.gif
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  • Moogle PepperMoogle Pepper Big picture in the sky Registered Users Posts: 2,950 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    Keep us informed, David!

    Sucks that you are going through that! It also is keeping me on my toes, I already have the black dots!
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  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 25, 2008
    No go. I did all of the above, and the second shot I took resulted in the error. Sending it in! deal.gif
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  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 26, 2008
    I called Tallyn's this morning about this issue. I gotta say, their customer service really impresses me. The sales rep immediately fired off an email to their Canon rep asking for a replacement, and CC'd me on the email. Tallyn's has been really nice and responsive. thumb.gif

    I guess the Canon rep isn't in till Monday, so we'll see then.
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  • keeton10keeton10 Photography Registered Users Posts: 4 Beginner grinner
    edited December 27, 2008
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    pathfinder wrote:
    I would contact Canon Factory Service promptly, if it were me, Dave. Or the original seller.

    That does not sound right, and has not been my experience at all. I have not seen any error codes to date with my 5D Mkll.

    Sorry.
  • keeton10keeton10 Photography Registered Users Posts: 4 Beginner grinner
    edited December 27, 2008
    :ivar
    keeton10 wrote:
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  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited December 27, 2008
    keeton10 wrote:
    :ivar


    Uh, welcome?


    Care to add anything to the conversation? headscratch.gif
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  • pokerpoker Big grins Registered Users Posts: 63 Big grins
    edited February 4, 2010
    I just got my 5D2 back from Canon service to fix the Error 20 problem. According to the notes, they replaced the mirror box and made electrical adjustments. I hope it's really fixed.

    I'm really lucky that they fixed it for free because I was a few days out of my warranty.
    I like photos especially ones shot by Canons. I'm just another fanboy :ivar
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