What have I done now?

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    bytch_mynickname TPF Noob!

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    I recently bought this lot of stuff on ebay. I got it today and left it in the box for about 5 hours because it is cold out and the box was on a truck and didn't want to chance condensation. Anyhow, I get it out and am pleased with the condition of the items but...

    I put the lenses on my Rebel Xt and the 70-300 gives me an error 99 and the 28-80 won't AF. I tried MF and it will take the picture but then it gives me an error 99. Will these lenses not work on my camera? I got the lot of stuff because I needed a film body for school and thought the lenses would be a nice bonus as I could use them with my XT, was I wrong? Thanks.
     
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    This was a problem when the first DRebel came out. The older Sigma lens (pre Digital rebel date) will not work on it and displayed the error 99. I recall reading that Sigma is able to repair the problem, That was reproted when people first discovered the problem after getting a DRebel (300D)
     
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    The lens will need rechipped.
     
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    Yeah send them to Sigma to get them rechipped.
     
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    What all does that consist of and how much money? Will rechipping it solve just the error 99 code or will it solve the AF problem as well?
    I am a little discouraged that I bought them and they won't work how I had planned.

    After they are rechipped, will they still work with the film body?
     
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    ......another reason why you don't buy off-brand lenses....
     
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    From what I read, the Sigma got better reviews than the Canon for the 70-300mm. And not everyone can afford name brand lenses, not to mention, Sigma may not be a "name brand" as far as being a Canon but it is a well known, reputable company, not some off the wall name never heard of.
     
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    I agree, My "consumer" Tamron 70-300 gives better results than the Canon in the same price range (I tried both before buying the Tamron, and I was surprised)
    My "Pro" Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is equal in image quality to the Canon and cost much less. The build is great too.
     
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    Well I have searched a little bit on having the lenses rechipped and I have read that they will do it for free and read other places that say they won't. Any ideas what I should expect when I call them tomorrow?
     
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    It's only shipping plus ten bucks (so they can ship it back to you). Give Sigma a call and ask them about it, they'll tell you where to mail it.
     
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    Any idea if that is per lens or per shipment? I apparently have two lenses that need done. Any idea how long it will take? Sorry but I am guessing you have been through it...
     
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    Sorry I missed this. You've checked so that's cool. Rechipping makes some form of amendment that allows your camera to read the inform,ation the lens is trying to provide. As you've found out it's cheap (sometimes free).

    Best to call Sigma and ask about this.
     

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