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The Canon 50D that my mom bought used from a trusted friend developed a problem yesterday. The lens that came with the body (18-55, Canon, no stabilizer) gives an "Error 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty" only when the zoom is less than around the 24 marking.


So what's wrong? I cleaned the contacts on both the body and lens.
Edited by ____ - 6/11/11 at 9:43pm
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Stupid question... Have you checked the lens contacts?
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Stupid question... Have you checked the lens contacts?
Haha, bad timing, I just edited my post to say that, yes, I have in fact cleaned the contacts.
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Does it still work in manual mode?

I'm going to bet this is a camera problem rather than a lens one. If it were a lens problem then i don't think it would work at any focal length.

It's a shame you haven't got either a spare body or a spare lens so that you can see where the problem lies.

Other than updating the firmware i can't see how this can be fixed unfortunately. I'm not a canon expert though, so someone else might be able to go further with this.
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Definitely borrow another EF lens to test it out first. It may be the lens, check this out:

http://martybugs.net/blog/blog.cgi/g...ns-Issues.html


And definitely update the firmware as suggested.
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Does it still work in manual mode?

I'm going to bet this is a camera problem rather than a lens one. If it were a lens problem then i don't think it would work at any focal length.

It's a shame you haven't got either a spare body or a spare lens so that you can see where the problem lies.

Other than updating the firmware i can't see how this can be fixed unfortunately. I'm not a canon expert though, so someone else might be able to go further with this.
It's on the latest firmware. There is another lens, and it works on all lengths.

It doesn't work on any setting, in all the auto settings and the manual settings.
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Since fixing the lens will be as expensive as buying a new one, I'll just buy a new one. It's an (EF-S 18-55mm made by Canon, pre-image stabilization)

Can anyone recommend me some replacement lens?
-preferably in the same range, or more
-doesn't have to be Canon, just compatible
-not too expensive
-more durable?

Edit: can someone also recommend a good CF card for the camera? (Canon 50D)

Thanks
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For a CF card Sandisk is a great company and I'm sure a lot of guys here swear buy them.

Whats your price range? The newer Canon 18-55 is about $250 with stabilization. For more reach there's the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for $550.

Neither of those lenses aren't going to be any more durable than your now broken 18-55 really. If it were me I would get a Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X DX AF

Tokina has a reputation for building tank lenses and the fact that this offering is 2mm wider and with f/2.8 all the way through the range are two big pluses.

Another thing is both the above Canon lenses have (I believe) only 1 year warranties while the Tokina has a 5 year.

Hope this helped
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