Cell phone effects on digital cameras

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by david, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. david

    david Guest

    Just a heads-up for use, derision or discussion.

    I have a 20D and the other day I had it, the Canon 17-85mm lens and a 550EX
    flash as master on hot shoe with a second 550EX as slave about ten feet
    away. I set the camera down next to my phone and received a text message.
    Then I got err99, odd shutter release commands, faulty flashing LCD and
    viewfinder displays and a useless lump of camera. Taking out the battery
    had no effect.

    Eventually, I took off the flash, the lens and the battery and let the lot
    rest for about a minute before reassembling. Since then, hundreds of shots,
    no faults.

    I am convinced the cell phone RF whacked my camera's computer side. I have
    had computerised radio control gear hammered in this way too.

    Comments or anyone had similar experiences?

    David (away from desk till monday now)
    david, Jun 9, 2005
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  2. ----------

    Keep that in mind the next time you put the thing up to your head... the
    phone not the camera. ;-)

    Journalist-North, Jun 9, 2005
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  3. david

    Trev Guest

    If it worked the other way round I'd buy a 20 d just to carry on the train
    Trev, Jun 9, 2005
  4. david

    Alex Butcher Guest

    Yes, I once woke up to the tick-tick-tick-tock of my electronic metronome,
    which I assume had been switched on by the RF from my Nokia 6210 checking
    Best Regards,
    Alex Butcher, Jun 10, 2005
  5. david

    holmes4 Guest

    I know of others with Canon rigs and err99 is a common problem. It
    means a fault between the lens and the camra body. Eg dust grot ect.
    Care cleaning and like me buying nikon fix the problem.

    holmes4, Jun 12, 2005
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