All of my equipment has been stolen.

Well dear viewers, it will be a little while before I get more images up. You see I recently moved up to the Seattle area from Central Oregon. The move went well, but it took 3 days for us to get moved up and (mostly) settled in. During the trip, we spent our first night at my parents house near Portland. That night I brought in my camera equipment into their house because I didn't want to leave it in the moving van overnight. Well, in the rush to get going the next morning I left my equipment at their house. No big deal right? I'll just get it in the next few weeks if I happen to go down there, or they come up to visit. Well, a guy I work with up here had to go back to Portland to pick up some equipment and I asked him if he would pick up my camera bag. Being the nice guy that he is he agreed to it and went ahead and picked up my stuff. Well, while he was in Portland he stopped to eat at Gustav's restaurant. Apparently somebody broke into his truck and stole not only all of his things but all of my camera equipment as well. So here I am now, trying to make a list of all the stuff I had in the bag so I can turn that list into insurance. I feel like I just got punched in the gut and although I'm sure that insurance will take care of this, I feel absolutely awful. Here's the rundown of what the thief (or thieves) got.

1 Canon Eos 20D camera with 18-55mm lens (complete kit): $1500.00
1 Canon EF 28-70mm f2.8 L lens: $850.00
1 Quantary 70-300mm Zoom: $169.95
1 Quantary 28-200mm Zoom: $250.00
1 Sekonic L-358 Exposure Meter: $260.00
1 Canon Speedlite 420 EX Flash: $229.95
1 Canon 550 EX II Flash: $160.00
1 Canon TC-80n3 Programmable Remote Controller: $140.00
1 Sto-Fen Omni Bounce Diffuser: $10.00
1 Tamrac 5248 Adventure 8 Photo Back Pack: $70.00
1 Scandisk Ultra II 2.0 GB Compact Flash card: $20.00
1 Scandisk Ultra II 1.0 GB Compact Flash card: I paid $105.00 for this in '05. Probably worth $10 now.
1 Best Buy 4 year warranty on camera (still in effect): $150.00
1 BP-CN511 Battery (an extra one in additon to the one that came with the kit): $35.99
1 62mm UV filter: $15.99
1 70mm Hoya 77mm filter: $52.00
1 55mm uv filter: $15.00
1 70mm Hoya Circular Polarizer: $70.00
1 55mm Circular Polarizer: $50.00
1 Lexar 512mb 16x CompactFlash Card: $25.00

Grand Total? $4178.43. I'm actually surprised at that number, but I have been adding a little bit every year to my camera bag, gradually trying to increase my kit. Now its all gone. Hopefully insurance will cover my loss completely, but we'll see. I'll keep you posted. More news to come.

To the person or persons that stole my equipment: What goes around comes around. A day will come when you lose something that means a lot to you. Karma is going to bite you in the ass.


Jacqueline Smith? said...

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Anonymous said...

David, so sorry. That really bites, I hope insurance will cover it.

Steve said...

I fell your pain. This happened to me a few years ago except it was about 20,000 worth of stuff. Here is my lesson, unless all this equipment was on a special rider to your home insurance, DO NOT tell the insurance company you made ANY money with this equipment. I got lucky and was published that year, made a very samll amount, told them about it when they asked, and they would not pay me because they said I was a business and did not have business insurance.