I’ve had two cameras stolen in the last five years or so. I lost a Canon 10D with a 28-135 lens on it when someone stole it at the San Francisco Zoo and I lost a Canon 5D with a 135 f/2 L series lens on it at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas a few years back. It really sucks. Even more than losing the gear, there is a sense of personal violation and especially when photography and your equipment is such a big part of your life. I’ve always wondered why they can’t put some sort of GPS chip in a camera to help you locate it if it’s stolen. If they can do that with a $500 iPhone, why can’t they do it with a $3,000 DSLR? I know that’s a feature that I would certainly want to have.
On a personal level if I had to choose between getting my gear back when it’s stolen, or not getting it back but seeing the piece of crap that stole my stuff arrested for it, I’d chose the later. To me the violation is worse even than losing the gear.
So I was very disappointed to read over in DMU this morning that someone stole all my friend Shim’s photo gear yesterday. Shims is a hell of a nice guy and a great photographer and I’m really pissed that something so horrible has happened to him this way. I’m not sure on all the details on how or where Shim’s gear was stolen, he was very upset when he posted about it, but hopefully will be back with more details on the theft. In the meantime, if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and hear about someone trying to unload any of the following on craigslist or elsewhere, get in touch with Shims. Best I can tell, this is what he lost yesterday:
D700 Camera Body
Nikon 24-70mm Lens f2.8
Nikon 20mm Lens f2.8
Nikon 50mm Lens f1.8
Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Lens
Sandisc Extreme Memory cards
Update: Shims says that his gear was stolen from the Abri Hotel’s lobby mens room in San Francisco. He said it was a 20-something looking white guy who stole it. The serial number of his D700 camera body is 2071413. If somehow through Google Indexing this serial number shows up, please know that this camera was stolen and help Shims get his gear back and the person who stole it punished.
Update #2: Shims got his gear back! Amazing story. Read about it here.