Archive for November, 2007

Canon 40D – ERR 99 :(

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Well, I’m not sure what’s up with my Canon 40D right now. After just 3 months and ~15,000 shutter actuations, it’s dead. I put a fresh battery and any one of my lenses on, and things are OK for the first few shots. After 5 or so pictures, the buttons on the top of the camera stop working. Then, the shutter button stops working, and ERR 99 appears on the readout. After taking the battery out, putting it back in, the error is cleared. And then it’s good for a few shots before ERR 99 again 🙁

Looks like I have a trip to make to Pro Photo Supply in Portland to see what they can do for me. I’m out of the 30 day return period, but still within Canon’s 1 year warranty. I’m wondering if I should have just bought the camera at a Best Buy, along with the extended warranty. At least they’d just swap me over the counter for a new one.

Update: Pro Photo says I have to send it back to Canon, and it should take at least 4 weeks to return 🙁

Update: Because Pro Photo sent the camera in, there is no way for me to call Canon to check on the service status 🙁

Update: 5 weeks and $14 in shipping charges later, I have my camera ..

Haystack Rock

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Decided to take a trip to the Oregon coast for my birthday. One of my favorite stops to make is always Ecola State Park. The drive from the entrance to the lookout is incredible. You drive down a narrow windy road that is so lush and dense with foliage that you can’t see the sky, or more than 20 feet in any direction. When you come out of the forest, you are atop cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

This was actually a bright and sunny sky, with the remains of the morning fog lingering over the coastline, and out to Haystack Rock. This is a stitched panorama from 3 or 4 shots.

Haystack Rock

Eye-fi Wireless SD Card Reviewed by DPR

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

There have been several mentions of Eye-fi’s new SD card for digital cameras, but to be honest, I was thinking “vaporware” the entire time. This slick $99 piece of hardware adds wi-fi to ANY digital camera supporting SD media, and includes 2GB of storage to boot. All of my past (and present) Canon SLRs have been CF, so it looks like I miss out big time on this one. Why no CF version!?! I’ll buy one TODAY! Check out DPR’s great review, or the official website –