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Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:49 pm

Just a question for anyone who may have had a similar problem and overcome it, can you use Sigma lenses (or any non-genuine lenses for that matter) on the Canon 10D. A fellow photographer here in Sydney has got the new 10D now and purchased the Sigma 170-500mm lense to use with it and it simply does not work. Have tried using my lense on the 2 Canon 10D's as a test and they didn't work either - error code listed was "Error 99" which apparently lists as "none of the above"!!!!!!

The 170-500mm I use with my D60 works perfectly. Can anyone explain this rather annoying bug (so it would seem) with the 10D?????? Does this mean only expensive genuine lenses can be purchased for the 10D? Perhaps this is where they make there money and subsidise the camera's price based on this???

Any info from other 10D converts would be appreciated.
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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:55 pm

Sigma is a genuine LENS. Genuine Sigma. Sigma does manufacture it's own body. According to what I have read there are a few lenses that the 10D does not like.

They will make their money in 6 months when the next Canon model hits the street. Big grin Oops!!!!!!! Can I say that????? Big grin

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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Mon Jun 09, 2003 4:22 pm

I use the 10D and Sigma 170-500mm lens. No problem.
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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Mon Jun 09, 2003 5:30 pm

This has always been a potential problem with any 3rd party lens, but increasingly so with highly automated electronic cameras - in effect, since much of Canon's technology is still patented and subject to licence (or possibly not even patented to preserve secrecy) 3rd party manufacturers sometimes need to "reverse engineer" to create a compatible mount. While this works most of the time, the one thing they can't reverse engineer is Canon's development plans - a new body may utilise an aspect of a Canon lens in a different way to previous bodies which may not be allowed by the 3rd party version.

In the case of Sigma, I understand that a number of lenses have problems with the 10D, but the problems are understood and fixable. I think newer lenses incorporate the fix. I'm sure I have also read that Sigma in the US and UK will modifiy any lenses which don't work (free?).


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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Mon Jun 09, 2003 5:58 pm


Sigma will rechip the lens for free [at least in the UK]. All you have to do is give them a call and book it in for service and they'll just stick the new chip / firmware in. I think you also have to supply proof of purchase for both the incompatible camera and the lens.

For the UK guys, they're based up [or down for you Northerners] in Welwyn Garden City.

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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Mon Jun 09, 2003 8:33 pm

Isn't Welwyn Garden City down for most people??  Laugh out loud.

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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Tue Jun 10, 2003 1:28 am

My 10D [I have it only for two days now, so need to learn still] seems to be working fine with my Sigma 28-70/2.8 EX.
It may be that the older Sigma lenses [ie. those that were produced prior to the introduction of the 10D] are not fully compatible with this high end camera.

Maybe you could call your Sigma representative near you, or their local support office for more information on the 10D compatibility and possible [software] upgrade.

Good luck!
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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Tue Jun 10, 2003 1:35 am

Oh sorry, didn't see Kingwide's reply until after I posted.

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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Tue Jun 10, 2003 3:41 am

Be sure to be insistent with the Sigma folks. A friend of mine in the UK got a bit of run around from them until he told them that SIgma in the US takes care of it for free. They then promptly set him up and things are good now. (He was using a prime 300 Sigma with a new 10D.)
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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Tue Jun 10, 2003 3:47 pm

Before I bought my 10D, the I checked if it would be compatible with my Sigma 170-500mm. Sigma had a press release saying that some of the lenses produced would not work, but they offered a free rechip and lens clean if it was not compatible with the 10D.

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RE: Canon 10D - Lense Compatability

Tue Jun 10, 2003 4:49 pm

This is from the Sigma web site:

Click the link for 'Important message for 10D users'

For lenses bought before December 2000 ......."This service will be provided as a courtesy and will not affect the lens’ performance with other Canon AF SLR cameras. In addition, a cleaning and a check of all lens functions will also be provided at no cost to the lens’ owner."

Hope this helps

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RE: Canon 10D - Lens Compatibility

Tue Jun 10, 2003 4:58 pm

I use Tokina lens with my 10D
19mm-38mm & 80mm-400mm

The results are better than with the Canon SLR cameras I was using and the acceptance level re airliners is a high percentage.


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